Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Went Extinct This Day (1914): The Passsenger Pigeon

In 1914, the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) became extinct as the last surviving bird of the colorful native American species of dove died at the Cincinnati Zoo. The passenger pigeon was hunted to extinction; the fact that it traveled and nested in large flocks made it easy to slaughter.

From Today In Science History