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The Extinct Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, John James Audubon

 

 
Passenger Pigeon

Alexander Wilson
 

 
Passenger Pigeon

 Madame Knip, from Temmink
 

At one time the Passenger Pigeon was the most populous North American species estimated to number more than three billion.

 

 
Passenger Pigeon

Enno Meyer
 

 
Passenger Pigeon

 DeKay
 

Huge flocks blackened the skies for days along migration routes and nested in colonies covering dozens of square miles.

 

 
Passenger Pigeon

Charles R. Knight
 

 
Passenger Pigeon

 Enno Meyer
 

Tens of thousands of birds were commercially hunted each day and shipped in barrels east to restaurants.

 

 

 

 
Passenger Pigeon

Hyashi
 

 
Passenger Pigeon

 Hyashi
 

While thousands of Passenger Pigeons survived the great hunts, a combination of conditions contributed to the speciesí inability to recover.

 

 
Passenger Pigeon

Enno Meyer
 

 
Passenger Pigeon

 Mark Catesby
 

Their birth rate was always low as they usually laid just one egg. Deforestation and agriculture changed their habitat. They were conditioned to huge nesting areas containing hundreds of thousands of nests

 

 

 
Passenger Pigeon

Hyashi

 

 
Passenger Pigeon

  A Group of Passenger Pigeons
from the Ornithological Work of Reichenbach's
 

Their must have been incredible trauma when they were blasted from their breeding grounds and sought new areas. Some flocks, already grossly reduced bred further north where extreme weather may have affected mortality.

 

 

 

Passenger Pigeons

Louis Agassiz Fuertes

 

 

 

 

Passenger Pigeon

Doctor Jasper's Group of the Fourteen Wild Pigeons
 from Studer's "The Birds of North America"

 

 

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