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Meet The Closest Living Relative to the Dodo Bird (Gallery)

The famous dodo bird has been extinct for a long time, yet some close relative still exists in the world today.

The Nicobar pigeon is one of them, this rare unique creature is currently the closest living connection to the flightless bird.

See the amazing gallery below:

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nicobar pigeon

One noticeable difference is the Nicobar pigeon’s vibrant iridescent plumage that shines in colors like blue, copper and green.

nicobar pigeon

To top off this explosion of colors, are its reddish legs and small white tail.


nicobar pigeon

nicobar pigeon

One reason they have these colorful characteristics is due to their location, the small isolated island they live on lacks natural predators.

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nicobar pigeon

nicobar pigeon

This meant there was never a reason to conceal themselves and therefore were able to develop such magical feathers.

nicobar pigeon

The Nicobar pigeon is now considered “near threatened” with conservation efforts proposed to help the birds thrive again.

nicobar pigeon

nicobar pigeon

nicobar pigeon

The Nicobar pigeon resides in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, from the Indian Nicobar Islands eastward to places like Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

nicobar pigeon

nicobar pigeon

What an absolutely spectacular creature.

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Written by Joe Kahlo

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