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2010-10-07 08:46:08

With bits of DNA extracted from century-old museum specimens, researchers have found a place for the extinct passenger pigeon in the family tree of pigeons and doves, identifying for the first time this unique bird's closest living avian relatives. The new analysis, which appears this month in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, reveals that the passenger pigeon was most closely related to other North and South American pigeons, and not to the mourning dove, as was once suspected....


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Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius
2014-04-18 10:16:19

The Passenger Pigeon or the Wild Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) is an extinct North American bird. The species resided in enormous migratory flocks until the early 20th century, when hunting and habitat destruction led to its demise. One flock in 1866 in southern Ontario was described as being 1 mile wide and 300 miles long, took 14 hours to pass, and held more than 3.5 billion birds. That number, if it is accurate, would likely represent a large fraction of the entire population at that...

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2006-09-11 13:14:57

The Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, was once probably the most common bird in the world. It is estimated that there were as many as 5 billion pigeons of this species in the United States. They lived in flocks as large as a mile wide and 300 miles long and containing two billion birds. It lived in colonies with up to a hundred nests in a single tree. They resided throughout much of North America east of the Rocky Mountains. They wintered in the southern U.S. They were hunted into...

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