passenger pigeon


Definition of passenger pigeon

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

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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,, "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 The law was too late to save some species, though, including the passenger pigeon. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Great Wisconsin Birdathon takes flight during Year of the Bird," 5 Apr. 2018 The effort resembles in some ways the popular de-extinction projects that are attempting to resurrect the woolly mammoth or the passenger pigeon; all want to reverse extinction and in some cases, fix the damage humans have done. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Inside the high-tech plot to save the northern white rhino from extinction," 6 Apr. 2018 Exactly 100 years ago, the last captive Carolina parakeet died, alone in a cage in the Cincinnati Zoo, the same zoo where the last captive passenger pigeon, named Martha, died four years earlier. Kevin R. Burgio, Washington Post, "The mysterious and tragic story of the Carolina parakeet, America’s only native parrot," 31 Mar. 2018

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of passenger pigeon

: a North American wild pigeon once common but now extinct

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