NICOBAR PIGEON

(Caleonas nicobarica)

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RANGE: Tropical islands in Indonesia and Nicobar (S.E. of India across the Bay of Bengal)

HABITAT: Forests in particular where it nests. Roams in flocks elsewhere.

DIET: Fruit. Grain.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not endangered.

NOTES: The Dodo became extinct in Mauritius in the 17th century. Recent research on a specimen at Oxford University using genetic samples has proved that the Dodo was a pigeon and that the Dodo's closest surviving relative is the Nicobar pigeon.

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