John James Audubon's Carolina Parakeet

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an American naturalist, famous for his drawings and descriptions of North American birds.

The Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) was the only parrot species native to the eastern United States. It was found from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico, and lived in old forests along rivers. It was the only species at the time classified in the genus Conuropsis. It was called puzzi la née ("head of yellow") or pot pot chee by the Seminole and kelinky in Chikasha.
Carolina Parakeets, 1833.
Part of the permanent collection at the New York Historical Society.

Detail of the Carolina Parakeets, 1833.

Carolina Parakeet.