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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Birds: Pink Pigeon



Description

An adult pigeon is about 32 cm from beak to tail and 350 gram in weight. Pink pigeons have pale pink plumage on their head, shoulders and underside, along with pink feet and beak. They have dark brown wings, and a broad, reddish-brown tail. They have dark brown eyes surrounded by a ring of red skin.

Newly hatched pigeons have sparse, downy-white feathers and closed eyes.

Status: The Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) survives in the Black River Gorges of south-west Mauritius and on Ile aux Aigrettes, just off the eastern coast. Although once common, it declined to just 10 wild individuals in 1990. Since then, intensive management has resulted in a spectacular increase. In January 2000, the wild population was 364-375, at four mainland sites plus Ile aux Aigrettes. By the end of 2004, the population was 359-395 indviduals, likely nearer the lower estimate. Severe loss of habitat has been compounded by predation of nests and adults by introduced Crab-eating Macaque Macaca fascicularis, mongoose Herpestes auropunctatus, rats and feral cats. Cyclones destroy nests and accelerate habitat degradation. Disease and late-winter food shortages are also threats. The species is currently listed as Endangered.

2 Comments:

  • Hi there,

    Interesting site - well done for coming up with it.

    The Pink Pigeon photo is actually mine: I'm happy for you to use it, but I would ask that you link through to the page on my site that it's from please - http://www.charliesbirdblog.com/~charlie/MRU12nov05/MRU12nov05.html - mainly because I'm trying to do what I can to spread information about the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Thanks.

    Cheers

    Charlie

    By Anonymous charlie, at 09:26  

  • What a beautiful photo. Charlie I also have a blog about endangered species. I am going to visit your site. I have been looking for other animals blogs to read and participate on. I enjoy this blog. It is nice to see others helping to educate mankind of our endangered animal kingdom.

    Kathy Lindberg
    The Wild Bon Bon
    http://www.wildbonbon.com/blog

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16:43  

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