Extremely rare pink pigeon spotted in UK garden

One of the world’s rarest birds may have been discovered in a garden in a town in Lancashire

Kelly Lunney couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a pink dove bouncing around her street.

The pink pigeon that caught her eye was called Nesoenas Mayeri, a pigeon endemic to Mauritius and only 500 left in the world.

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Kelly was able to take a few photos and video of the eye-catching bird as it continued to return to its original location.

She said: “I definitely think it’s one of the rare because it has white patches under its wings and its paws are a different color than normal pigeons.

Another image that Kelly Lunney took of the rare pink pigeon

“It’s really pretty and almost neon pink above the body but darker underneath.”

Last year, a man in Staffordshire claimed to have seen a pink pigeon but bird experts said it was a gray pigeon that had been dyed pink.

A Mauritius pink pigeon in its natural habitat

The pink pigeon was almost extinct in the 1990s and is still very rare today. In 1991, there were only 10 left, but its numbers have increased due to the efforts of the Durrell Wildlife Conservancy.

A version of this article was originally published on our sister title, Lancashire Post Extremely rare pink pigeon spotted in UK garden


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