Passenger Pigeon Facts

What was once one of the most numerous bird species in the United States is now on the list of extinct animals. When the Passenger Pigeon, also called the Wild Pigeon, was at its peak in the early 19th century, there are estimates that there were about 5 billion of these birds throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Although Native Americans and colonists relied on these birds for food, it wasn't until Midwesterners, who began hunting and shipping them, that the pigeon's demise began. Passenger Pigeons would be shipped in mass by railroad to where crowded cities were forming in the east. Another fact contributing to why this animal is extinct today was the rapid deforestation of its habitat by settlers. Scientific facts and information suggest this bird may someday be brought back to life genetically through stored Passenger Pigeon DNA.

Please read the lists below for more information about this interesting animal; written for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Passenger Pigeon General Facts

Passenger Pigeon Descriptive Facts

Passenger Pigeon Nesting Facts