| Pudgy Pidgey Isle|
デカポッポ島 Deka Poppo Isle
Pudgy Pidgey Isle (left)
|Debut||Fly Me to the Moon|
Pudgy Pidgey Isle (Japanese: デカポッポ島 Deka Poppo Isle) is a small island located off the coast of Blue Point Isle in the Whirl Islands where extremely large Pidgey live. It appeared in the anime episode Fly Me to the Moon.
The "Pudgy Pidgey," over time, lost the need to fly because there were no natural predators, thus did not have the need to escape. According to Professor Oak, the Pidgey ate but did not exercise. As a result of this, they ate so much they eventually grew overweight.
Pudgy Pidgey Isle is a mostly forested island. The island is connected to land only by a small rope bridge that sways in harsh wind. It has few paths and has a population of one. The sole human that made his abode there is named Wilbur. Wilbur feeds all of the Pidgey that live there and with a little help from his own Pidgey, Orville, is trying to persuade the resident Pidgey to fly. He has a small log house in a little clearing where the Pidgey live.
- Pudgy Pidgey Isle may be a reference to one of the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin examined the differences between finches on each island. In Fly Me to the Moon, Professor Oak explained to Ash various scientific theories for why the Pidgey on the island might be so pudgy, one of the theories being natural selection.
- The Pudgy Pidgey also show a similarity to the rare New Zealand bird, the Kakapo, a species of flightless parrots which reside on Codfish Island, a small island off the coast of New Zealand. The Kakapo grew large and flightless due to a lack of mammalian predators.
- The pudgy Pidgey becoming flightless on an island due to lack of terrestrial predators is part of an overall trend exhibited by dozens of birds, especially among rails and other members of the order Rallidae, of which over 30 flightless species are known to have existed within recorded human history. Some notable island flightless birds include the Stephens Island Wren, the only flightless songbird to be recorded by science while still extant; the Cuban Giant Owl, an almost four-foot tall flightless species of owl; the Tasmanian Native Hen, unusual in that it seems to have actually benefited somewhat from the settlement of humans in its native range; Kiwis; and of course, the well-known Dodo.
- Wilbur and Orville are the names of the Wright Brothers, whom first accomplished powered flight.
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