Definition of Passenger pigeon

1. Noun. Gregarious North American migratory pigeon now extinct.

Exact synonyms: Ectopistes Migratorius
Generic synonyms: Pigeon
Group relationships: Ectopistes, Genus Ectopistes

Definition of Passenger pigeon

1. Noun. an extinct bird of the species ''Ectopistes migratorius'' ¹

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Literary usage of Passenger pigeon

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1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1915)
"... Ohio, wrote me that " Our passenger pigeon has been promised to the Smithsonian Institution when it dies. This bird is a female and now about years old, ..."

2. McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey (1907)
"THE passenger pigeon. John James Audubon (6. 1780, d. 1851). This celebrated American ornithologist was born in Louisiana. ..."

3. Ornithological Biography by John James Audubon (1832)
"THE passenger pigeon, or, as it is usually named in America, the Wild Pigeon, moves with extreme rapidity, propelling itself by quickly repeated flaps of ..."

4. Twenty-seven Years in Canada West: Or, The Experience of an Early Settler by [Samuel] Strickland (1853)
"THE passenger-pigeon* visits the Canadas in the early spring-months, and during August, in immense flocks, bringing with them an agreeable change in the ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"One is the passenger pigeon and the other the Labrador duck. The passenger pigeon formerly existed in this state in millions, and the Labrador duck was ..."

6. A History of the Game Birds, Wild-fowl and Shore Birds of Massachusetts and by Edward Howe Forbush, Willey Ingraham Beecroft, Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture, Herbert Keightley Job (1912)
"Upper figure, egg of passenger pigeon. Lower figure, eggs of Mourning Dove, commonly mistaken for those of passenger pigeon. (Photograph by Prof. CF Hodge. ..."

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