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columba livia

  • n  pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descended
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  • Jonathan Rosen: Why the passenger pigeon became extinct.
    Imagine that tomorrow morning you woke up and discovered that the familiar rock pigeon—scientifically known as Columba livia, popularly known as the rat with wings—had disappeared. It was gone not simply from your window ledge but from Piazza San Marco, Trafalgar Square, the Gateway of India . . .
    Dec. 30, 2013 - The New Yorker

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