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Scientists discover extinct species of giant pigeon in Tonga archipelago

Scientists at the University of New Mexico, US, have discovered a new species of bird resembling a pigeon on the territory of the Kingdom of Tonga, Cy News reported.
The newly discovered species has received the name Tongoenas burleyi. Its representatives had bodies more than 50 centimetres long and weighed five times more than modern pigeons, BTA transmits.

The bird fed on fruits such as mango and guava.

Scientists believe that representatives of the Tongoenas burleyi species have inhabited the Tonga archipelago for over 60,000 years, until the first people settled on its territory. When this happened about 2850 years ago, “delicious” birds disappeared for a century.

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