Is this the Only Remaining Link To the Dodo?
The Dodo, was a flightless bird that has captured humans’ attention even in extinction with its extremely unique features seems to still has close kinsfolks existing in the world today. We’re talking about the Nicobar Pigeon, a rare ground-dwelling bird that looks a bit different from its extinct cousin, but is the only existing creature that a close relative to the hugely prominent nonflying bird.
This bird is becoming more and more popular not only because the numerous campaigns to save it from extinction (considering that it’s classified as Near Threatened), but also because it’s arguably the only remaining richly decorated species and of course the most beautiful of the pigeon and dove species.
The Nicobar Pigeon shines thanks to its vibrant and shiny feathers that are a combination of rainbow-like colors including blue, copper, green and shades of gold. Additionally, the bird has a small white tail, reddish legs and a grey head and chest.
It developed this distinctive look as a result of its disconnection to the rest of the world. The bird which resides on the isolated Nicobar Islands, a group of small islands in Southeast Asia, has for a very long time lacked natural predators and doesn’t need to hide themselves; consequently developing these dazzling feathers.
Unfortunately, the species is on the decline due to deforestation and attack from non-native predators such as rats and cats. Conservation efforts are underway and we hope that this extremely cool bird will thrive once again.