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The colorful Nicobar pigeon has such a strong, hooked bill that it can crack open nuts that would require a hammer for a human. They also feed on fruit and various invertebrates found among the leaf litter on the wooded islands they inhabit. Hunting and habitat loss are threatening the species’ survival.

nicobar pigeon sitting on ground

Did You Know?

Like all pigeons and doves, these birds do not sip when drinking, but instead they immerse their bill, sucking up water.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Caloenas nicobarica

Southeast Asian islands (Palau, Nicobar, Solomon and Philippine)

15 years

Zoo Location:
Wings of the World

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)