Extremely rare pink pigeon spotted in UK garden

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One of the rarest birds in the world could have been spotted in a garden in a Lancashire town

Kelly Lunney couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a pink dove fluttering down her street.

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The pink pigeon that caught her eye is known as the Nesoenas mayeri, a species of pigeon endemic to Mauritius with only 500 left in the world.

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A rare pink dove has been spotted in Nelson

Kelly was able to snap a few photos and video footage of the eye-catching bird, which keeps returning to the same spot.

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She said: “I definitely think it’s one of the rare pigeons as it has white markings under its wings and its feet are a different color than average pigeons.

Another picture taken by Kelly Lunney of what is believed to be a rare pink dove

“It’s really pretty and almost neon pink on top of his body but a darker shade underneath.”

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Last year a man in Staffordshire claimed to have seen a pink dove, but bird experts said it was a gray dove that had been dyed pink.

A Mauritius Pink Pigeon in its natural habitat

The pink pigeon almost went extinct in the 1990s and is still very rare. In 1991 there were thought to be just 10 animals left, but numbers have increased due to the efforts of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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A version of this article was originally published on our sister title, the Lancashire Post

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