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The passenger pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, is an extinct bird that was once extremely common in the deciduous forests of eastern North America. In fact, passenger pigeons were so numerous that they were probably the most abundant bird in North America in the 1840s. Unfortunately, over-hunting and forest clearing caused the species to become extinct, with the last known individual dying in captivity in 1914. The passenger pigeon was probably never abundant in Utah, but individuals may have strayed into the state from time to time.


  • Biotics Database. 2005. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, NatureServe, and the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers.