Friday, September 2, 2011

Nicobar Pigeon

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Nicobar Pigeons are large, colorful birds found on the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean. They are, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful pigeons out there.  They have amazing iridescent blue and green feathers, with longer, pointed fringes around the neck. Both males and females have this vibrant plumage.

Though they can fly, Nicobar Pigeons spend most of their time on the forest floor, foraging for food. They are omnivores that feed on fruits, seeds, and insects.

Interestingly, though they live mostly on the ground, they do nest in trees. They mate for life and feed their young with "Crop Milk." Like many pigeon species. Nicobar Pigeons forage and roost in flocks.

Sadly, like many gorgeous island birds, Nicobar Pigeons are threatened due to predation by introducted species like cats and rats. They are also hunted for food and feathers, and are collected for the illegal pet trade.

IUCN Status : Near Threatened
Location : Nicobar Islands
Size : Length up to 16in (40cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Columbiformes
Family : Columbidae -- Genus : Caloenas -- Species : C. nicobarica

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