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The Closest Living Relative of the Extinct DoDo Bird

Living on the small islands and in the coastal regions of southeast Asia, the nicobar pigeon is the only living member related to the now extinct dodo bird.

This pigeon travels in flocks from island to island eating fruits, seeds and grains. It seeks islets with few predators to roost at night.

This pigeon is hunted for food and is often trapped for the pet market. Since it is a ground dwelling species when eating, it is susceptible to non-native predators such as rats and feral cats. It is now considered “near threatened” and only through conservation efforts, this species can thrive again.

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