Hayashi and Toda, Passenger Pigeon, (Ectopistes migratorius), From: Orthogenetic Evolution in the Pigeons, 1920

The 15 Most Beautiful and Amazing Extinct Animals

Hayashi and Toda, Passenger Pigeon, (Ectopistes migratorius), From: Orthogenetic Evolution in the Pigeons, 1920

Passenger Pigeon - The species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world during the 19th century to extinction early in the 20th century.  The world's last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.

Passenger Pigeon - The species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world during the 19th century to extinction early in the 20th century. The world's last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.

Passenger Pigeon. Hunted to extinction, they once numbered in the billions. Their huge flocks looked like black clouds that went on for miles. The last Passenger Pigeon, 'Martha', died in 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Passenger Pigeon. Hunted to extinction, they once numbered in the billions. Their huge flocks looked like black clouds that went on for miles. The last Passenger Pigeon, 'Martha', died in 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Martha, the last passenger pigeon. She died Sept 1, 1914, marking the 100th anniversary of the extinction.

100 years later, the passenger pigeon still haunts us

Martha, the last passenger pigeon. She died Sept 1, 1914, marking the 100th anniversary of the extinction.

Girl with Passenger Pigeon. The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon had two major causes: commercial exploitation of pigeon meat on a massive scale and loss of habitat. Another significant reason for its extinction was deforestation.

Girl with Passenger Pigeon. The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon had two major causes: commercial exploitation of pigeon meat on a massive scale and loss of habitat. Another significant reason for its extinction was deforestation.

The 100th anniversary of the last of the species finds biologists dreaming of preventing or even reversing extinctions.

The 100th anniversary of the last of the species finds biologists dreaming of preventing or even reversing extinctions.

Joann Brennan, "Extinct Species, Passenger Pigeon" - The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art / Smithsonian American Art Museum

Joann Brennan, "Extinct Species, Passenger Pigeon" - The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art / Smithsonian American Art Museum

Passenger pigeons, extinct. Study of mass extinctions by Marc Schlossman

A study of mass extinction

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