Meet The Most Innocent Nicobar Pigeon, Closely Living Relative of Dodo

Innocent Nicobar Pigeon

Sometimes sipping your coffee in the morning, you peep through the window and most commonly see pigeons in your surroundings. What about the wonderful Nicobar Pigeon? Well, it can happen only when you’re having your coffee in the coastal regions of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India.

Most often Pigeons can be heard cooing all around, but these Nicobar pigeons have a low-pitch voice.

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This pigeon can be easily identified with its super-feathered features and iridescent tones of bluish-green color. The Nicobar Pigeons belong to the Columbidae family and are the only living member of the genus Caloenas. 

The scientific name of this Nicobar pigeon is Caloenas Nicobarica which is the closest living relative of Extinct Dodo. The Nicobar pigeon can entice you with its amazing upper neck plumage which turns green and copper.

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Innocent Nicobar Pigeon

Pigeons are always considered the most innocent bird and the Symbol of Love as well.

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Your reaction can be bizarre after encountering this Nicobar pigeon, as they are very large and around 40 cm in size.

Their head is gray, and their tail is very short and pure white. 

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Males and females can easily be differentiated by their appearance, as the males are bigger in comparison to females.

You can behold the beauty of this bird when they have a quick flight. Read more to experience the most innocent and calm bird you have ever met.

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Look at the Iridescent Tones of Plumage

They have a metallic green plumage.

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Innocent Nicobar Pigeon

The Waxy covering at the base of the upper beak seems like a black Knob.

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The Nicobar pigeons have a fleshy and waxy covering at the base of the upper beak which forms a small blackish knob.

Let’s see the Legs and Feet

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They have strong legs, and their feet are pale red.

Male Nicobar Pigeon has large hackles

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The Male Nicobar pigeons have large hackles which turn into green and copper. 

Innocent Nicobar Pigeon

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Meet the calm Baby Pigeon!

The baby Nicobar Pigeons have black tails and don’t have iridescence. The Iridescent tones are developed in the pigeons when they become mature.

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Innocent Nicobar Pigeon

They love to eat seeds, fruits, and buds and are commonly attracted to the areas where grains are grown.

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Shyness is not their nature.

The Nicobar pigeons do not shy away from the areas of human habitat. 

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Wonderful and Columned Flocks

Unlike other pigeons, Nicobar pigeons do not have loose flocks. Their group tends to fly in columns and single files. They are smart enough to keep their flocks together while crossing the sea at dusk or dawn.

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Nicobar pigeons are most likely to nest in dense forests, often in large colonies. They build a loose stick nest in the tree.

Innocent Nicobar Pigeon

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You’ll be surprised to know that they are largely hunted for food and their gizzard stone (a stomach stone which is used to grind food), which is used to make jewelry.

It is truly an innocent creature and everyone should know about its human-friendly habitat. 

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