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Museum curator’s new research traces history of extinct Carolina parakeet

Jeremy Kirchman, curator of birds at the New York State Museum in Albany, stands behind a display with two Carolina Parakeets in the main lobby of the museum.
Jeremy Kirchman, curator of birds at the New York State Museum in Albany, stands behind a display with two Carolina Parakeets in the main lobby of the museum.
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Once upon a time, New York was home to a brightly colored bird called the Carolina parakeet — the only parrot species native to North America. But by 1918 the Carolina parakeet was extinct, joining the ranks of long-gone bird species such as the passenger pigeon. Those eager to see what the bird once looked like can visit the New York State Museum, where two stuffed Carolina parakeets are on display. They are part of ...


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