Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)

Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeons were one of the most abundant birds in the world, with total numbers estimated at 3-5 billion. Hunting…
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Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbirds live throughout the U.S. in both urban and rural environments. UF researchers recently discovered that these highly intelligent…
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Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, an iconic bird of the American Southeast, declined rapidly as its forests were logged on massive scales….
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Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis)

Great Auk

This large, flightless seabird once nested on seaside cliffs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The last Great Auks…
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Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)

Eskimo Curlew

The Eskimo Curlew traveled far, breeding in northern Canada and Alaska and wintering in southern South America. Hunting decimated Curlew…
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Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) eggs

Carolina Parakeet

Naturalists noticed declining populations of the once-common Carolina Parakeets as early as the 1830s. By the end of the 19th…
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Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Beak and Talons

Blue Hole Birds

Fossils recently discovered inside a flooded sinkhole reveal a lost world of animals that once lived on islands in the…
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Puerto Rican Hutia jaw fragment (left), Domestic Cat tooth (center) and Eurasian Wild Pig jaw fragment (right)

Archaeological Animals

Columbus’ first voyage in 1492 introduced European pigs, cats, rats and mice to the Caribbean. Animal remains from Columbus’ first…
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