Seychelles Blue Pigeon
|Seychelles Blue Pigeon|
|On Denis Island, Seychelles|
The Seychelles Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas pulcherrimus) (also known as Seychelles Blue Fruit Dove) is a medium-sized pigeon which inhabits woodland areas of the granitic Seychelles archipelago. Numbers have greatly increased since the cessation of human exploitation for food, practice that died out around the late 1970s. Since then birds have recolonised Curieuse (early 1980s), Denis (late 1980s), Aride (1990) and Bird (2009).
The pigeon is about 10 inches (25 cm) in length. Its head and breast are silver-grey, and these feathers can be raised when the bird is excited, giving it a ruffled look. Its wings, under-body and tail are dark blue. It has a distinctive bright crimson patch of orbital skin extending from forehead to crown. Its bill is dull yellow and it has dark grey legs.
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