The Raleigh News & Observer has an interesting article out today on the Carolina Parakeet, which has now been extinct for about a century:

Ornithologists are fascinated by the parakeet, also known as the Carolina Parrot, for more than its mysterious disappearance. They are curious about its adaptation to colder climes atypical of the rain forests and tropical climates where most parakeet species thrive today.

The North Carolina Collection Gallery at Wilson Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill has an exhibition of prints, photographs and paintings of the bird through Sept. 30.