Pigeons are not loved very much
Often referred to as “flying rats” due to their numbers in cities and acidic droppings, the ubiquitous rock doves, unfortunately, have a bad reputation.
But one unique pigeon is helping people see these birds in a whole new aspect.
A photo of a pink-necked green pigeon recently went viral on Twitter and was named “hot pigeon.”
The pink-necked green pigeon’s vibrant appearance is unique compared to his city cousins’ muted brown, gray, white and black feathers.
With plumage in shades of green, blue, lilac, pale pink and yellow, these rainbow pigeons are amazing. But it is hard to find them perched on any awnings in New York City.
The pink-necked green pigeon is generally found in Southeast Asia, in forests, gardens and coastal mangroves. Unlike their modest cousins, these pigeons mainly eat fruit, especially figs, and disperse their seeds throughout the woodlands.
This fascinating pigeon is helping people appreciate the more subdued grey pigeons they pass on the street every day.
And in the right light, the iridescent green and purple feathers on a city pigeon’s throat can make him look almost as handsome as “hot pigeon.”