The Nicobar pigeon

Image credits: John Williams. Ever heard of the Nicobar pigeon? It’s the closest living relative to the extinct flightless Dodo bird, and it’s absolutely stunning. Even though they’re relatives, The Nicobar pigeon looks nothing like the Dodo. One of their differences is the Nicobar’s luminous colors. It has reddish legs, a white tail, and is covered in blue, copper, and green feathers. 

The reason for the birds’ colourful characteristics is their location – coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands and small islands, where there aren’t many natural predators that the birds would need to conceal themselves from. According to the IUCN, the Nicobar pigeon is considered “near threatened”.