April 14, 2021

The Closest Relative to the Extinct Dodo Bird It’s Covered in Dazzling Feathers

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It is determined that long-extinct bird dodo belongs in the pigeon and dove family. They proved that it still has relatives living in the world today, known as Nicobar pigeon..

Although the two don’t look very much alike, Nicobar pigeon it’s the closest connection to the famous flightless bird. The most noted difference it’s the Nicobar Pigeon’s vibrant plumage that shines in iridescent blues, coppers, and green, with its reddish legs and small white tail. This colorful characteristic developed because of their location, the bird has long been isolated on small islands and lacked natural predators. Because there’s no need to conceal themselves, they were able to develop the brilliant feathers.

The Nicobar pigeons are usually located in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, from  the Indian Nicobar Islands eastward to places like Thailand and Papua New Guinea. Its exact population count it is unknow, and due to the release of the non-native predators like rats and cats in these islands, this beautiful pigeon is considered near threatened with conservation efforts proposed to help  the birds thrive again.

 

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