Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 33
P E N N S Y L V A N I A ' S
By Joe Kosack
T ONE TIME, the extinct Carolina
parakeet lived in Penn's Woods,
brightening landscapes through all four
It's disappearance here, and ultimately worldwide, is a question yet to be
answered decisively. We probably know
more about dinosaurs.
Scholars believe the Carolina's extinction might be related to everything from
the advancement of European colonization to disease, and possibly even honeybees.
But it's all conjecture, an incomplete
postmortem of what might have befallen
this bird found in North America for more
than 5 million years, into the 20th century.
With a hardiness that belied its flamboyant feathering, the Carolina parakeet
definitely carved out its niche on Planet
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the last-known Carolina dying in
captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo, it seems
fitting to look deeper into the history of
this bird, which once was as widespread as
the passenger pigeon, and likewise would
fade from the American landscape.
Bird's disappearance a question for the ages.