Passenger Pigeons, engraved from a painting by John James Audubon in Pennsylvania, 1824.
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Egraving of a pair of passenger pigeons painted by John James Audubon in Pennsylvania in 1824.

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When Audubon painted this pair of Passenger Pigeons in 1824 they numbered in the billions. Market hunting and habitat destructiom in the 1800s, however, drove them into extinction. Martha, the world's last known Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914, at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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