John James Audubon, pastel and ink sketch of Passenger Pigeon A.W. Columbia Migrataria, December 1809.
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John Audubon's painting of the passenger Pigeon.

Credit: Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library/Library of Congress

In 1809, John James Audubon made this color sketch of a passenger pigeon in Ohio.  In Volume 1 of his Birds of America, published in 1827, Audubon would write at length on the passenger pigeon and include a much more fully realized painting of a male and female. 

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