The closest living relative to the dodo, the Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) looks very different from its

In Lorikeet Landing at the Cincinnati Zoo.

flightless cousin. A large, mainly ground-dwelling bird, the Nicobar pigeon is the only member of its genus. Due to a lack of natural predators and isolation on small islands, this species has been able to develop bright plumage, making it one of the more beautiful species among the pigeons and doves.


  • Where to see them: Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau.
  • Length: 15 in
  • Weight: 1 lbs
  • Lifespan: 10 to 15 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Mangroves and lowland forests
  • Diet: Hard seeds, fruits, corn, some invertebrates
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