Pigeons don’t get a lot of attention.
The ubiquitous rock doves have an undeserved negative reputation, as they are often referred to as “flying rats” due to their prevalence in cities and acidic droppings.
However, one particular pigeon is changing people’s perceptions of these animals.
A photo of a pink-necked green pigeon went viral on Twitter recently, earning the moniker “hot pigeon.”
When compared to his city cousins’ bland brown, gray, white, and black plumage, the pink-necked green pigeon shines out.
have u ever seen such a beautiful pigeon ? pic.twitter.com/9PArpmeUSz
— shelby lorman (@sdlorman) March 8, 2021
These rainbow pigeons stand out with their bright colors of green, blue, lilac, pastel pink, and yellow. In New York City, though, you won’t see them perched atop awnings.
The pink-necked green pigeon can be found in forests, gardens, and coastal mangroves across Southeast Asia. These pigeons, unlike their modest counterparts, eat mostly fruit, mainly figs, and transmit their seeds over the air. These pigeons, unlike their modest counterparts, eat mostly fruit, mainly figs, and disperse their seeds across the woods.
This is pink neck green pigeons in southeast Asia in Vietnam. pic.twitter.com/eiTZBJQ3iO
— Christopher Kyle XK 🌈👨🏽🤝👨🏼💎✨ (@XopherKyle) February 8, 2019
This gorgeous pigeon is assisting people in appreciating the more muted grey birds they encounter on a daily basis.
The iridescent green and purple feathers on a city pigeon’s throat can almost make him look as attractive as “hot pigeon” in the right light.