The Causes of Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 9)


Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) is unique not only because of its rapid decline from being one of the world’s most abundant birds, but also because a considerable amount of information on the bird’s natural history is available in the records of early naturalists, travelers, and even the press. This information, a great part of which has been reviewed and summarized in Schorger’s (1955) monumental work, allows a detailed analysis of the factors that may have led to the species’ extinction and helps to reduce the number of plausible explanations. Beyond the intellectual challenge of such an analysis, an explanation of the causes of the Passenger Pigeon extinction may provide insights that are helpful in current efforts to prevent the extinction of many endangered species.


Social Facilitation Breeding Attempt Mast Productivity Minimal Viable Population Eastern Forest 
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  1. 1.Center for Applied ZoologyUniversity of CórdobaCórdobaArgentina

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