Mum baffled after spotting super rare bright pink pigeon in garden

A mum thought she was "seeing things" after she spotted a bright pink pigeon from a window last Thursday (May 5).

Kelly Lunney, 37, was visiting her mum's flat when she noticed the bizarre bird among a large flock in a communal garden.

Kelly, from Burnley, reckons that it may have been one of the world's rarest birds, but some think it could be the work of pranksters.

She said: "I thought I was seeing things at first – or it was just something weird. But then, I got my mum up off her bed as well, just to make sure.

"It's shocking more than anything to see a pink pigeon, but it's something that you can tell your grandchildren."

Luckily, the pink pigeon stuck and Kelly was able to take photos with her phone after her mum confirmed she wasn't hallucinating.

It then came back "around seven or eight o'clock in the night" and has returned to the communal garden every day since.

Kelly added: "I thought I'd Google it, because I'd never seen one before. My mum had also never seen one during the whole time she'd been alive."

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Following the Google search, Kelly believes it could be a Nesoenas Mayeri pink pigeon from Mauritius.

They are one of the world's rarest birds, with only around 500 of them left after they nearly went extinct in the 1990s.

Their feathers tend to be a light, peachy-pink colour on the breast, darker on the back with a rust-coloured tail and dark pink beak.

However, not everyone is convinced that Kelly spotted a genuine pink pigeon.

She said: "A few people have asked me if it's been dipped in paint, but it's got pink feet and normally, they're like a white, grey colour.

"And when it picks up its wings, it's got white lines underneath it and it looks identical on both sides when it's flying."

Pink pigeons have been seen in the UK before, in 2012 in London and in 2015 in Bristol.

Some only appear to have a tinge of pink whereas others, like this most recent sighting, have extremely bright plumage.

After the Bristol sightings it eventually transpired that Sher Singh, 39, had dyed a number of pigeons with fabric dye to stop them being eaten by falcons.

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