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Meet The Closest Living Relative To The Extinct Dodo Bird With Incredibly Colorful Iridescent Feathers
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Meet The Closest Living Relative To The Extinct Dodo Bird With Incredibly Colorful Iridescent Feathers

Ever heard of the Nicobar pigeon? It’s the closest living relative to the extinct flightless Dodo bird, and the colorful bird is absolutely stunning.

Even though they’re relatives to this legendary extinct animal, The Nicobar pigeon looks nothing like the Dodo. One of their differences is Nicobar’s luminous colors. It has reddish legs, a white tail, and is covered in blue, copper, and green feathers. The reason for the beautiful birds’ colorful characteristics is their location – coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands and small islands, where there aren’t many natural predators that these rare birds would need to conceal themselves from. According to the IUCN, the Nicobar pigeon is considered “near threatened”.

More info: Wikipedia (h/t: mymodernmet)

Image credits: Sue Demetriou

Image credits: Jaochainoi

Image credits: John Williams

Image credits: Jim4496

Image credits: Sue Demetriou

Image credits: Kathy Kornak

Image credits: Silvain de Munck

Image credits: Michael Deneau

Image credits: Laurie Hernandez

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Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

This bird looks like a painting. Nature is awesome.

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago

This bird is beautiful beyond words. Could you imagine seeing this bird sitting on a statue in the park?? I'd probably start going to parks more often!

frank0ys
Community Member
6 years ago

...The feathers on its back looks just like a painting. Adorable!!!

--
Community Member
6 years ago

wow

Amanda Panda
Community Member
6 years ago

Had to google "iridescent" ... ahhh, yess, yesss, I agree!

Cherie
Community Member
6 years ago

You're kidding, right?

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Shane Allon
Community Member
6 years ago

bird looks pissed off

Nathan Salo
Community Member
6 years ago

Remember the dodo! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GITHBLW

Aryadna Andreica
Community Member
6 years ago

So beautiful!

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
Community Member
5 years ago

It looks like a rainbow with wings

Kevin Mepham
Community Member
5 years ago

Your photographs have the colouring excessively highlighted.

Bottle Blonde
Community Member
6 years ago

The most beautiful pigeon I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

LIU TAIWANESE
Community Member
6 years ago

Nicobar pigeon

Hilarious
Community Member
6 years ago

Stunning pigeon! Why can't they all look like this?!

Leslie Cully
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow, I've never heard of this beautiful bird before!

Tomato San
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought, I saw this bird in person. I was right! My photography and PS skills is not too impressive. But here you go :D http://mewlinggracefully.tumblr.com/post/148366118652

Karen Phinney Kirkpatrick
Community Member
6 years ago

Absolutely breath taking...we are so fortunate to have photographers to capture these images and share them.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

such a beautiful bird. thank you to the photographers.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

there

peri
Community Member
6 years ago

gorgeous.

Carries
Community Member
6 years ago

Gorgeous! Looks like a colourful pigeon with a mane.

Brianna Bastian
Community Member
6 years ago

almost looks like a pigeon

Diane Solander Thomas
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful photos! If you like birds, I just joined a FB group called Birds Around the World where you can share your own bird photos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1070134243019367/permalink/1252703191429137/?comment_id=1252877131411743&notif_t=group_comment_reply&notif_id=1472600237427555

Pritesh Gajjar
Community Member
6 years ago

Its awesome

Carmen Desrosiers
Community Member
6 years ago

This bird is so beautiful, I want to design a costume after it. (That is a huge compliment from me)

Darius B.
Community Member
6 years ago

:o

Francisco Mal Partida
Community Member
6 years ago

Nature is awesome.

ugaas wiilhoog
Community Member
6 years ago

Its a pretty bird but I cant help but think of it as a pigeon in fancy dress. :)

Kirsten Preston
Community Member
6 years ago

I care not much for pigeons, though hubby keeps a few for showing, but these I'd love. Wow if somehow, a breeding programme could get established, I'd put my name forward. Such beautiful birds! I believe there's a type of pheasant (Himalayan) that is blessed with colours very akin to the colours of this pigeon. Poor hubby doesn't know what he has unleashed 😈 Wonderful photography!

varwenea
Community Member
6 years ago

Nature made art is so much more majestic than man made art. Love!

Book lover
Community Member
6 years ago

This is a beautiful pigeon. Truly spectacular.

Byron X.
Community Member
6 years ago

The feathers on neck are interesting.

Lucia Eldridge
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a pretty bird

Cherie
Community Member
6 years ago

8-O Let's protect it! Shoot, now I have to go look up the Nicobar Islands.

ABCD
Community Member
6 years ago

In India :D!!!

Hayley Lightcap
Community Member
6 years ago

Only with evolution can a fat pigeon with a dick on its nose turn into a beautiful multicolored bird God who woke up like this

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

This bird looks like a painting. Nature is awesome.

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago

This bird is beautiful beyond words. Could you imagine seeing this bird sitting on a statue in the park?? I'd probably start going to parks more often!

frank0ys
Community Member
6 years ago

...The feathers on its back looks just like a painting. Adorable!!!

--
Community Member
6 years ago

wow

Amanda Panda
Community Member
6 years ago

Had to google "iridescent" ... ahhh, yess, yesss, I agree!

Cherie
Community Member
6 years ago

You're kidding, right?

Load More Replies...
Shane Allon
Community Member
6 years ago

bird looks pissed off

Nathan Salo
Community Member
6 years ago

Remember the dodo! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GITHBLW

Aryadna Andreica
Community Member
6 years ago

So beautiful!

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
Community Member
5 years ago

It looks like a rainbow with wings

Kevin Mepham
Community Member
5 years ago

Your photographs have the colouring excessively highlighted.

Bottle Blonde
Community Member
6 years ago

The most beautiful pigeon I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

LIU TAIWANESE
Community Member
6 years ago

Nicobar pigeon

Hilarious
Community Member
6 years ago

Stunning pigeon! Why can't they all look like this?!

Leslie Cully
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow, I've never heard of this beautiful bird before!

Tomato San
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought, I saw this bird in person. I was right! My photography and PS skills is not too impressive. But here you go :D http://mewlinggracefully.tumblr.com/post/148366118652

Karen Phinney Kirkpatrick
Community Member
6 years ago

Absolutely breath taking...we are so fortunate to have photographers to capture these images and share them.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

such a beautiful bird. thank you to the photographers.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

there

peri
Community Member
6 years ago

gorgeous.

Carries
Community Member
6 years ago

Gorgeous! Looks like a colourful pigeon with a mane.

Brianna Bastian
Community Member
6 years ago

almost looks like a pigeon

Diane Solander Thomas
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful photos! If you like birds, I just joined a FB group called Birds Around the World where you can share your own bird photos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1070134243019367/permalink/1252703191429137/?comment_id=1252877131411743&notif_t=group_comment_reply&notif_id=1472600237427555

Pritesh Gajjar
Community Member
6 years ago

Its awesome

Carmen Desrosiers
Community Member
6 years ago

This bird is so beautiful, I want to design a costume after it. (That is a huge compliment from me)

Darius B.
Community Member
6 years ago

:o

Francisco Mal Partida
Community Member
6 years ago

Nature is awesome.

ugaas wiilhoog
Community Member
6 years ago

Its a pretty bird but I cant help but think of it as a pigeon in fancy dress. :)

Kirsten Preston
Community Member
6 years ago

I care not much for pigeons, though hubby keeps a few for showing, but these I'd love. Wow if somehow, a breeding programme could get established, I'd put my name forward. Such beautiful birds! I believe there's a type of pheasant (Himalayan) that is blessed with colours very akin to the colours of this pigeon. Poor hubby doesn't know what he has unleashed 😈 Wonderful photography!

varwenea
Community Member
6 years ago

Nature made art is so much more majestic than man made art. Love!

Book lover
Community Member
6 years ago

This is a beautiful pigeon. Truly spectacular.

Byron X.
Community Member
6 years ago

The feathers on neck are interesting.

Lucia Eldridge
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a pretty bird

Cherie
Community Member
6 years ago

8-O Let's protect it! Shoot, now I have to go look up the Nicobar Islands.

ABCD
Community Member
6 years ago

In India :D!!!

Hayley Lightcap
Community Member
6 years ago

Only with evolution can a fat pigeon with a dick on its nose turn into a beautiful multicolored bird God who woke up like this

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