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

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The dodo bird is extinct. It was a flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius, which is east of Madagascar, according to Wikipedia. Dutch sailors were the first to mention the dodo. The birds were hunted mercilessly by sailors. Their habitat was destroyed, and the last known sighting of the dodo was in 1662, according to Wikipedia.

The dodo’s physical appearance is hard to know since there are no living specimens. But, according to Wikipedia, there are illustrations and accounts that describe the dodo as having gray or brown feathers.

The feathers near the rear end were lighter in color. The head of the dodo was without feathers but was gray in color. Their beaks were black, green, and yellow and they had black claws. The closest living relative of the dodo is the Nicobar pigeon – and they are stunning!

The Nicobar pigeon comes from the coastal areas from the Nicobar Islands. Located in the eastern Indian Ocean the islands are the most isolated in the world, according to Wikipedia.
That allows the Nicobar pigeon to live in peace.
They don’t have many natural predators.

The Nicobar pigeon, according to the IUCN is “near threatened.”

These birds are ground dwelling have developed bright color plumage.

According to arkive.org, the numbers of Nicobar pigeons are falling because of the introduction of cats and rats to the islands.
There is work underway to have conservation measures in place, but nothing has been enacted yet.
People in the area are being educated about the birds to help prevent them from being trapped for food or for the pet trade.
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