Sunday 28 August 2016

Closest Living Relative To The Dodo Bird Dazzles With Vibrant Iridescent Plumage

image credit: Steve Wilson

The dodo bird has been long extinct, but it still has relatives living in the world today. Known as the Nicobar pigeon, this rare creature is the closest living connection to the famous flightless bird, although the two don't look alike.

One striking difference is the Nicobar pigeon's vibrant plumage that shines in iridescent blues, coppers, and greens - in addition to its reddish legs and small white tail. The Nicobar pigeon resides in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, from the Indian Nicobar Islands eastward to places like Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

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