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Pranksters have fooled an amateur birdwatcher into thinking he had spotted an ultra-rare pink pigeon more than 6,000 miles away from its homeland - only to discover it had been dyed.
Ben Hanks, 26, spotted the garish-coloured fowl while eating lunch outside in Bracknell, Berkshire, yesterday.
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He initially thought the feathered creature could be the Nesoenas Mayeri pink pigeon, but wildlife experts have said the colours are unnatural.
There are fewer than 500 of the birds left, and traditionally they have a peachy-coloured breast and back, a rust-coloured tail and a dark pink beak.
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In contrast, the pigeon Mr Hanks spotted has a grey head, white wings and a neon pink breast and tail.
An RSPB spokesperson confirmed to the MailOnline that the bird's bright hue was definitely not natural - and it was not from the Nesoenas Mayeri family.
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Mr Hanks, from Arborfield, Berkshire, said: 'I have never seen anything like this before and we were both very confused when we first spotted it.
'I reached for my phone...
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