Yes, now you can meet the Nicobar pigeon. This Nicobar pigeon is significantly different from the famed dodo from the appearance since it is smaller in size and appearance. This bird species is brightly coloured and also enjoyable to look at. And you are able to see one for yourself if you look at one of them at the right zoos and exhibits.

Dodo is a bird that went extinct a long time ago with relatives living on the globe today. This rare bird species known as the Nicobar pigeon has a close connection to the world famous dodo, the flightless bird, even if both of their appearances are not similar. The Nicobar pigeon’s plumage is vibrant with a shiny iridescent blues, greens and coppers additionally to its reddish legs and small white tail. They have got this colourful appearance due to their location: The bird has been living isolated in small islands which did not have many natural predators. Since there wasn’t a need to conceal , they have grown by developing brilliant feathers.

Even though the scientists knew that there should be relatives of the extinct Dodo somewhere, only recent investigations showed that this nicobar pigeon is the closest relative so far known to be in the world.

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The Nicobar pigeon is not similar to Dodo in appearance. It’s pretty with bright blue, green and orange feathers.

The reason is that they live on isolated islands without being risky with the natural predators and they don’t need features of camouflage or colours of darkness or mutation. The dwelling of these Nicobar pigeons are the Pacific and Southeast Asia including Papua New Guinea, Indian Nicobar Islands and Thailand.

The importance of studying animals such as extinct Dodo and Nicobar pigeon was explained by Alan Cooper, a zoologist at the University of Oxford.

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He stated:

“Island taxa such as the dodo and solitaire often represent extreme examples of evolution—and if we want to examine how we, or the life around us, evolved then such animals are very educational. By examining island birds, we can investigate how evolution works—because extreme examples are often the best views of how something works.”

Investigating the relationship between the Dodo and Nicobar pigeon is exciting and it is extremely educational to learn a lot about both birds.

Another excitement lies due to a discovery of a body of a Dodo in a cave in Africa.

The scientist Kenneth Rijsdijk along with Geological Survey of the Netherlands talk about the importance of the discovery as below:

“We need to know about the location to understand the ecology of the dodo.”

Beth Shapiro, another scientist says:

“We have found tons of bones there, but the hot, wet, acidic environment has meant that the DNA survival has been terrible. From a tiny fragment of DNA, we were able to figure out its taxonomic relationship to other birds and show that dodos were essentially fat pigeons.”

It seems that we are about to discover the mystery of the Dodo bird.

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The new discovery will be able to help scientists to learn more about the many other animals on the secluded islands which are at the brim of extinction. Perhaps, the scientists would become successful in getting some insight about what they were looking for, through the connection of the DNA from the dodo body and the Nicobar pigeon.

In addition to the above Shapiro added:

“We are really excited about the new find and hope it might tell us much more about the behavior and appearance of dodos.”

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The Nicobar pigeon is already noticed as “near threatened”. Therefore the full support of prevention for the bird to be endangered which leads to extinction should be given. Dwindling of the Dodo population is being caused by Deforestation and the release of non-native predators. The attempts of conservation in assistance of protecting these birds and increasing the population are on progress.

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