On February 21, 1918, the last Carolina parakeet died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. The parakeet was eastern North America's only indigenous parrot species.There were many causes for parakeet's extinction. Their home habitat, the forest, was cleared in large swaths for agricultural land and their colorful feathers were popular for decorating women’s hats. Farmers considered the parakeets pests because they ate fruit (such as apples) from orchards. Though the birds were easily bred in captivity, little was done to prevent their decline in population.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry decline Verb
to reduce or go down in number.
process of complete disappearance of a species from Earth.
person who cultivates land and raises crops.
ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: habitat indigenous Adjective
characteristic to or of a specific place.
type of farm for growing fruit or nut trees.
one of many species of small parrots.
type of bird with a large beak.
harmful or annoying person or thing.
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
to keep something from happening.
path or line of material.
place where animals are kept for exhibition.
Encyclopedic Entry: zoo