Mystery pink pigeon spotted on rooftops in Breightmet

The Bolton News: Rare pink pigeon spied on rooftops in Bolton Rare pink pigeon spied on rooftops in Bolton

A MYSTERY pink pigeon has been spied in Breightmet.

The bird, which has pink and white plumage, but still has a normal grey head, was spied on a rooftop in Breightmet earlier this morning.

There is a breed of bird called a pink pigeon — called nesoenas mayeri which are native to Mauritius — but these are very rare and normally such a paler shade of pink they are almost white.

David Taylor managed to photograph the unusual bird in Tetbury Drive at about 8am on June 20 and said: "I was having breakfast this morning and saw this red and white pigeon on top of a neighbour's roof.

"When I went out it was gone but then 15 minutes later I spotted it on a neighbour's roof.

"I don't know why it's that colour, I thought someone had painted it.

Jackie Fish, who also from Tetbury Drive, thought someone had spray painted the bird in the colours of the St George flag.

She spotted it at 7.15pm on June 19, 45 minutes before England kicked off their crucial World Cup match with Uruguay.

She said: “I just saw it there and realised it had been painted white and red, to look like the England flag.

“I have to say as supporting England goes, this is a bit too much and I would class it as cruelty and a bit beyond a joke.”

Gemma Pidluski also reported seeing the bird on June 19 and said on Facebook: "I have just been sitting at home and a pink pigeon has landed on my shed roof. Is it real?

"I have googled it and sure enough there are pink pigeons! Bit of nice news for a change!"

A similar bird was spotted in Ealing, West London in August, 2012 and experts were at a loss to identify it.

Have you seen the pink pigeon? Email newsdesk@theboltonnews.co.uk.

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7:07pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Lawlesschat says...

Haha. Rare pink pigeon indeed!!! What a pathetic story.

It's a high flyer coloured with pink dye.

Geeky but I know my pigeons.
Haha. Rare pink pigeon indeed!!! What a pathetic story. It's a high flyer coloured with pink dye. Geeky but I know my pigeons. Lawlesschat
  • Score: -6

9:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Reed Lover says...

It's a fake.
It's a fake. Reed Lover
  • Score: 0

10:20pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Newonhojeel says...

Coo-ey! It's a gay pigeon.
Coo-ey! It's a gay pigeon. Newonhojeel
  • Score: 9

11:56pm Fri 20 Jun 14

mr.mark.c says...

And tonight in the news, https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=x5zsxfhA
h6Q
And tonight in the news, https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=x5zsxfhA h6Q mr.mark.c
  • Score: -1

9:21am Sat 21 Jun 14

tommyteacup says...

This pigeon is painted. On the Costa Blanca they have a sport were all the male pigeons are released and they fly close to a female like a courtship dance. The one with the most time next to the female is judge the winner. All the males are painted a different colour to distinguish them apart. The main areas on the costa's is around Benidorm and Torrevieja.
This pigeon is painted. On the Costa Blanca they have a sport were all the male pigeons are released and they fly close to a female like a courtship dance. The one with the most time next to the female is judge the winner. All the males are painted a different colour to distinguish them apart. The main areas on the costa's is around Benidorm and Torrevieja. tommyteacup
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Sat 21 Jun 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

I've got a pink snake.

It lives in my trousers.

It's not very impressive though........
I've got a pink snake. It lives in my trousers. It's not very impressive though........ OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 5

2:33pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Terry McC says...

its Breightmet someone tried sell it as a parrot :-/
its Breightmet someone tried sell it as a parrot :-/ Terry McC
  • Score: 14

3:04pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Farnworth Lady says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
I've got a pink snake.

It lives in my trousers.

It's not very impressive though........
But has it ever been photographed on a Breightmet Roof................
?
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: I've got a pink snake. It lives in my trousers. It's not very impressive though........[/p][/quote]But has it ever been photographed on a Breightmet Roof................ ? Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 8

4:53pm Sat 21 Jun 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Not since the court appearance and subsequent injunction.
Not since the court appearance and subsequent injunction. OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 9

7:07pm Sat 21 Jun 14

the hand says...

And did anyone happen to see dick dastardly and mutley trying to catch that pigeon by any chance
And did anyone happen to see dick dastardly and mutley trying to catch that pigeon by any chance the hand
  • Score: 2

8:04pm Sat 21 Jun 14

mr.mark.c says...

Nobody has seen that nice tasty pigeon since it was shot (with a camera)
Nobody has seen that nice tasty pigeon since it was shot (with a camera) mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

11:47am Sun 22 Jun 14

Farnworth Lady says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
Not since the court appearance and subsequent injunction.
Shame.
Does the Injunction have an expiry date?
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: Not since the court appearance and subsequent injunction.[/p][/quote]Shame. Does the Injunction have an expiry date? Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Sun 22 Jun 14

MarkAllRead says...

"Jackie Fish, who also from Tetbury Drive, thought someone had spray painted the bird in the colours of the St George flag. She said: “I just saw it there and realised it had been painted white and red, to look like the England flag. “I have to say as supporting England goes, this is a bit too much and I would class it as cruelty and a bit beyond a joke.”

Amazing. Woman makes up stupid and clearly incorrect theory and then gets upset about her own wrong assumption.
"Jackie Fish, who also from Tetbury Drive, thought someone had spray painted the bird in the colours of the St George flag. She said: “I just saw it there and realised it had been painted white and red, to look like the England flag. “I have to say as supporting England goes, this is a bit too much and I would class it as cruelty and a bit beyond a joke.” Amazing. Woman makes up stupid and clearly incorrect theory and then gets upset about her own wrong assumption. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 3

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