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The passenger pigeon

Rock dove

Pigeons in the Museum
This is a Rock dove. You may think it looks like the pigeons you see every day in towns. Well there is a good reason for this - it is one!
Rock doves are native to Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. They have been domesticated for thousands of years for food and were used in both world wars as carrier pigeons.
Feral rock doves find the buildings around town centres good nesting sites. They find scraps of food in the streets and people even feed them. It is very unlikely that this species is going to go extinct!

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