Re: NANFA-- Collecting ethics

Steffen Hellner (
Tue, 13 Jan 2004 13:37:58 +0100

> What about the Carolina Parakeet? It was collected by both people who
> wanted it for the pet trade and for it's feathers.
Not really, Chip. This bird got extinct because loss of habitat (cypress
swamps). This I took from the same book as the passenger pigeon. Again,
collecting for pet and feathers was only additional (though not good) but
didn4t cause the extinction.

Please keep in mind that both species were enormously abundant. Of the
passenger was estimated some 3 billion in one single swarm and there were
many swarms! The Carolina Parakeet was present by the millions, too. No pet
collecting could ever take them that much down. But the species could have
probably being preserved if the hobbyists at that time were more engaged and
experienced in breeding them.

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