passenger pigeon

noun

Definition of passenger pigeon

: an extinct but formerly abundant North American migratory pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)

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Among the other trails at the park are the 2.4-mile Sand Cave Trail, which includes a small waterfall, and the 1.6-mile Sentinel Ridge Trail, which passes Native American mounds and a monument to the passenger pigeon, which went extinct in 1914. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 7 parks offer some of the best views of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin," 11 July 2017 By that time two other American species faced their imminent demise: the once-abundant passenger pigeon and the heath hen, a grouse-like bird that lived along the Eastern seaboard. Jennie Erin Smith, WSJ, "‘The Fall of the Wild’ Review: Turning Back the Clock," 12 Apr. 2019 The dead birds were traded like baseball cards, with collectors establishing a clear pecking order: A batch of North American waterfowl could be had for an extinct passenger pigeon. Marc Schlossman, National Geographic, "How fake taxidermists brought down illegal bird traders," 25 Feb. 2019 Church focused not on the passenger pigeon but on his own pet project, the woolly mammoth. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018 De-extinction projects are already underway for the passenger pigeon and the woolly mammoth. Ben Crair, Smithsonian, "Why Did the Carolina Parakeet Go Extinct?," 19 Apr. 2018 Ruthven is the artist behind a painting of the last passenger pigeons, which is now a mural in downtown Cincinnati. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Put your shades on, Cincinnati: Here's how to enjoy the sunshine this weekend," 27 Apr. 2018 When the word gained popularity in the United States, it was meant to differentiate hunters who did not earn an income from their hunting activity from market hunters, who decimated the waterfowl, buffalo and passenger pigeon populations for profit. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "What is a sport hunter? Words don’t always fit a person’s motivation," 26 Apr. 2018 The law was enacted after several species of common birds, such as the passenger pigeon, became extinct. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump's new rules make it easier for energy companies to escape penalties for killing birds," 16 Apr. 2018

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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passenger pigeon

noun

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: a North American wild pigeon once common but now extinct

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