The legendary Dodo Bird has been extinct for over 300 years, after their only natural habitat (Mauritius) was destroyed when humans began to settle there.
The Dodo used to thrive in Mauritius however their numbers were decimated by the introduction of humans, but also monkeys and cats, that would eat their eggs. Back in the 17th century it was impossible to predict the negative impact that these animals would have on the Mauritian ecosystem, when humans introduced them to the country.
But, while the Dodo is sadly gone, their closest living relative lives on, the Nicobar Pigeon.
The Nicobar Pigeon is a rare and beautiful bird, which was named after The Nicobar Islands where it resides. These are said to be one of the most isolated chains of islands on the planet, which can only be good news for this exotic bird.
The Nicobar Pigeon is known for its bright and bold colours, with irredescent feathers that can almost light up like a rainbow. They range from an almost hazy silver colour, to an intense deep blue and they have to be seen to be truly appreciated.
(a silver Nicobar Pigeon)
Look how regal they look, almost like a perfect work of art.
Unfortunately, these stunning birds are considered ‘near-threatened’ due to the introduction of new pest species. At the moment they are however still in good shape and we really hope that they stay that way for many years!
We absolutely love the Nicobar Pigeon, we hope you do too!