Passenger Pigeons

Passenger Pigeons

by Sandra Merville Hart Passenger pigeons were once so numerous in the United States that they made up 25% to 40% of all the birds in our country. There are estimates that between 3 billion and 5 billion passenger pigeons were here around the time of Christopher Columbus. Sadly, these birds have all died and are now extinct. Darkened the Sky These birds flew in huge flocks. There were so many pigeons flying overhead that they darkened the sky for hours. With a great cloud of birds about a mile wide and up to 300 miles long, they sometimes blocked the sun from morning to evening for several days. Very fast Passenger pigeons flew very fast. It is estimated they flew about sixty miles an hour, which is around the speed limit on the highway. Searched for...

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