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Thursday 8 December 2016

Pretty in pink: Flamingo pigeons spotted across the UK

David Kearns

Published 28/07/2015 | 13:02

The mysterious pink pigeon of Stockport Credit: Wes Charnock
The mysterious pink pigeon of Stockport Credit: Wes Charnock

A pink pigeon has been turning heads in the in the UK after local shoppers were left baffled to explain the would-be flamingo.

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The brightly coloured bird was first spotted outside St Mary’s Church in Stockport’s town centre.

It appears to have had half its feathers dyed an impressive hot pink colour - but the reason behind the colouring is a mystery.

Sightings of the bright pink bird have earned the pigeon something of a following online.

Why the pigeon is pink has sparked along of speculation online Credit: Wes Charnock
Why the pigeon is pink has sparked along of speculation online Credit: Wes Charnock

Wes Charnock (33) first spotted the bird as he walked through the town centre with his sons.

He posted pictures of it online  and said: “I was just walking through Stockport town centre with my kids to buy sausage rolls when we spotted it and they wanted to feed it so it could have something for tea.”

The 33-year-old told the Manchester Evening New: “It didn’t walk away from us like most pigeons do, it was happy to stand a few feet away.

“It did seem tired, so I thought it might have been in a race but I’ve never seen a pigeon dyed pink before.”

The mystery of the pink pigeon does not stop with Stockport however.

Since the Manchester Evening News posted the story on its Facebook page on Sunday, people from across the UK have been chipping in with their own colourful pigeon sightings.

Speculation is rife as to how the bird came to be pink, with the most likely answer being the pigeon escaped from its owner, who deliberately dyed it for use at weddings and or for racing.

Others claim it is a tropical variety of pigeon or it has been fed a special diet similar to a flamingo to make its feathers change colour.

The pink pigeon  is a real life species of bird found in Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean.

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