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"Extinct Passenger Pigeons in a Scarlet Oak"Image by Michael Rothman (visit gallery »)
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TitleExtinct Passenger Pigeons in a Scarlet Oak Contact
»Michael Rothman DescriptionThe North American Pasenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, may have numbered into the billions before its utter extirpation in the wild around 1900. In Audubon's time birds would travel to communal roosts in flocks extending from horizon to horizon and requiring hours to transit over a given location. Habitat destruction, unregulated hunting for the food market, and the apparent inability to breed, except in large colonies, may have doomed the bird. KeywordsWild pigeon, amimi, omiimii, tourtre, tourte, Tourtière, Martha, Stool pigeon, acorns, beech nuts, squab, Columbidae, migration, communal nesting Media Color Categories Historic, Nature, Science Subject(s) Animal, Botanical, Birds, Vertebrates, Ecosystem, Editorial, Institutional, Landscape