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The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas and the closest living relative of the extinct dodo, and extinct Rodrigues solitaire

It is a large pigeon, measuring 40 cm (16 in) in length. The head is grey, like the upper neck plumage, which turns into green and copper hackles. The tail is very short and pure white. The rest of its plumage is metallic green. The cere of the dark bill forms a small blackish knob; the strong legs and feet are dull red. The irides are dark.[2]

Females are slightly smaller than males; they have a smaller bill knob, shorter hackles and browner underparts. Immature birds have a black tail and lack almost all iridescence. There is hardly any variation across the birds' wide range. Even the Palau subspecies C. n. pelewensis has merely shorter neck hackles, but is otherwise almost identical.[2]

It is a very vocal species, giving a low-pitched repetitive call.

Source Reference: Wikipedia

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Jan 26, 2018, 1:11:03 PM
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Awesome colors! 
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Wow, what a gorgeous bird~! Love the composition and focus of this shot~!
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nice photograghy 
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What pretty feathers, I wish city pigeon where this beautiful.
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beautiful shot!
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Those feathers look amazing, and you captured them perfectly! :thumbsup:

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That's a beautiful shot of a beautiful bird.
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Lovely shot, I think the ratio is really well balanced :D :heart:
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I saw this at the Bronx Zoo yesterday! Very pretty!
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Beautiful picture, the feathers highlight the background foliage.
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Oh my God pretty, I like how you captured the rainbow sheen of its feathers.:excited:

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interesting bird, interesting photo! 😊
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He almost looks like a painting. Beautiful.
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Great picture. How's things going?
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What a beautiful bird!
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The detail and luminosity in this picture is great! I would like to say though, that a little desaturation of the background (as it is taking the colour focus from the pigeon) could even make it better.
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They are close relatives of the dodo.
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PicFuzzProfessional Digital Artist
Great pic! I think that this bird is way too pretty to be called a pigeon...the plumage is amazing.
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jaro992001Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have instantly thought about dodo. Funny that.
At leat this species looks much better than what we know the dodo looked like.
Thanks for the Llama, btw.
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dragonheart213Professional General Artist
wow what a great species of pigeon :) tnx for the Llama 
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Wow! That picture is truly awesome. Not only is this pigeon specie gorgeous, but the way you photographed it just gave it its full splendour! 
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ejorkartProfessional General Artist
First of all, Thank you, second... WOW! Love animals, awsome pics!

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Wild bird. Fantastic photograph!
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