Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and other trees.

Seychelles Blue pigeon © Alec Taylor

In the courtship flight, birds fly steeply upward before gliding down with their wings held stiffly down. Once it was shot for food, it became quite rare, but population has recovered and you can now see birds on many islands. Recently, it has spread to Cousin and Aride.


Scientific name: Alectroenas pulcherrima

Population in Seychelles: Unknown, at least 5000 birds

Distribution in Seychelles: Breeds on most large and medium islands, including Aride and Cousin

Habitat: Woodland, scrub and gardens

Nest: A loose stick nest is built in trees and shrubs, one or two eggs laid

Diet: Fruit

Identification: A large pigeon, usually in trees. May look uniformly dark but in good light, the pale blue neck and red head can be seen


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Species Fact Sheet on BirdLife Data Zone

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