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The passenger pigeon

Passenger pigeon

The passenger pigeon
This is a passenger pigeon we have here in the Museum. You can see that it looks quite like a pigeon you would see in town every day, but there are differences - can you spot them?
Museums are now the only places you will see a passenger pigeon, but even they don't have very many specimens. Because the passenger pigeon was once so common, people did not think it was very important to have them in museums. And then as they became very rare very quickly there were not many specimens left to go around.
Museums now take great care of extinct animal specimens - it is important that we keep them safe for the future.

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