(Caloenas nicobarica)

FUN FACT

The Nicobar Pigeon is genetically the closest living relative of the extinct Dodo.

Distribution

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mergui Archipelago, small islands off Malay Peninsula, Cambodia, and South Vietnam south through Indonesia and Philippines to islands off New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Habitat

Mature lowland and foothill forests; also mangroves

Diet

Feeds on fallen fruits and seeds in forests

Breeding

Nests colonially, sometimes in mixed colonies with imperial-pigeons. Nest is crude platform of twigs containing a single white egg. Several nests may sometimes be placed in a single tree. Both parents perform incubation and chick-rearing.

Status

Near Threatened

At the Aviary

See the Nicobar Pigeons in our Tropical Rainforest