The dove you see in the picture was taken by tourists from France. It is a very rare species of pink pigeon – Nesoenas Mayeri, which does exist, but these birds live in Mauritius, thousands of miles from England and have gray wings that are missing from our hero. Bird expert Tim Webb at RSPB confirms that it is a dove, but cannot understand where this plumage is from.
Regular use in foods high in beta-carotene and canthaxanthin – harmless natural food pigments – can change the color of feathers, he says. For example, the pink flamingo gets its color because it feeds on shrimp. In addition, pigeons can be colored intentionally or by accidentally falling into a puddle of colored water.
This photo was taken at Reina Sofía Park which is located in Guardamar del Segura, Alicante Spain.
I feel lucky that I was lucky to take a picture of this very rare species of pink pigeon. No photo editing.
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