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 Martha the Passenger Pigeon

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Martha the Passenger Pigeon

  • Birth 1885 USA
  • Death 1 Sep 1914 Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot lst floor Aviary Section
  • Memorial ID 7729540

Last Passenger Pigeon. She was born in captivity and raised at the Cincinnati, Ohio zoo tabbed with the nickname "Martha." When it became clear she was the last passenger pigeon on earth, scientists frantically tried to breed her, offering thousands of dollars to anyone who would come forward with a mate. At the age of 29, she was found dead at the bottom of her cage. Her body was packed in ice and sent to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. for preservation and display. The Passenger Pigeons in their heyday, were the most numerous bird on earth. Migrating flocks took days to pass. Tree branches would break under their weight. The bird was tall, graceful and could fly faster than a mile a minute. But--this pigeon was a delicacy in the kitchen and was hunted relentlessly finally into extinction.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield
  • Added: 2 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7729540
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martha the Passenger Pigeon (1885–1 Sep 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7729540, citing National Museum of Natural History, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .