Pink Pigeons

This vulerable species from Mauritius is making a comeback

Pink Pigeons
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes A pink pigeon might sound like fake news, but it’s a real bird from Mauritius, and it’s very rare. The species was almost driven to extinction in the 1980s and by 1990 only nine individual pink pigeons remained in the wild. However, under the close watch of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, its numbers have increased and it’s now doing well with 473 individual birds in the wild. To put this in context, all other pigeons from the Mascarene Islands have become extinct, making the pink pigeon, a very special survivor. The decline of pink pigeons began with the arrival of humans in Mauritius, who destroyed the bird’s habitats, cutting down native vegetation until only 1.5% of the original, good-quality forest remained. This forced the pigeons into confined spaces in upland forests. But the destruction didn’t end there. People hunted the birds for meat,

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