Pigeons are often considered city pests that do nothing more than desecrate statues and carry disease, yet there are several stunning pigeon species that will make you think twice. With iridescent wings to fancy head dresses, here are a few extraordinarily decorated pigeons that stand out among their kind.
1. The Pink-Necked Green PigeonThe pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) hails from Myanmar and Vietnam down to Indonesia and the Philippines. Both males and females share a predominantly green plumage, but the decorated male has the soft pink neck-scarf that gives the species its name.
The Nicobar PigeonThe shimmering nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobaricais) is native to the coastal regions between the Bay of Bengal and the Malay Archipelago. It may be the closest living relative of the extinct dodo.
The Victoria Crowned PigeonThe Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria) stands out from the crowd with its intricate lace-like crest and red-hued eyes. This pigeon being native to New Guinea, locals can identify this bird not only from its unique appearance but also from its deep "whooping" call.
The Bronzewing PigeonThe wings of the bronzewing pigeon (Phaps chalcoptera) appear bronze or greenish-brown in dull light. An array of extraordinary colors comes alive, however, when the bird moves under the light of the sun.
The Spinifex PigeonThe spinifex pigeon (Geophaps plumifera) is native to the arid lands of northern and northwestern Australia. It is a small, compact pigeon weighing between 80 and 110 grams (approx. 3 and 4 ounces), and the male is similar both in color and size to females.
The African Green PigeonTreron calvus sports green wings and burgundy shoulders and is one of five green pigeon species native to the Afrotropics. These birds live in the canopies of trees and can climb among branches the same way parrots do in order to reach fruit, their main food source; wild fig is their favorite.
Which is your favorite member of the pigeon family? Share these exquisite photos and spread the word; there's much, much more to the pigeon world than we ever knew!