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What may have been the most abundant bird in North America is now a species encountered only in museum display cases and history books. The last passenger pigeon died a century ago this month. Though the species was never the subject of ornithological research, numerous eyewitness accounts were left behind in newspapers, magazines, and diaries. These historical writings provide a glimpse into another world, a world where the skies were blackened by the sheer mass of pigeons. To commemorate the centennial year of the passenger pigeon’s extinction, we invite you to rediscover this once-abundant species.
We've all heard it countless times: Certain bird species mate for life, including geese, swans, cranes and eagles. It's a true statement, for the most part, but it's only part of the story.
Is it true that a baby bird touched by a human will be abandoned by its parents? Can an owl spin its head completely around? Do goatsuckers really suck goat milk? Find out the truth behind these myths and more.
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