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About the Dodo

The dodo was a flightless bird endemic to Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. It was a big bird that was about 3.3 feet tall and weighted 44 pounds. It has been extinct since the mid-to-late 17th century.

Its name is thought to come from the Dutch word dodoor (sluggard) or dodaars (knot-arse), referring to the knot of feathers on its hind end.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 31 July 2009
Scientific Name Raphus cucullatus
  • Columbiformes
  • Columbidae
  • Raphus
  • R. cucullatus
Birdorable Family Pigeons & Doves
Conservation Status Extinct
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial Metric
40 inches
704 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Dodo is listed as Extinct on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species was found in Mauritius, but is now Extinct as a result of hunting by settlers and nest predation by introduced pigs. Birds thought to represent the last individuals were killed on the offshore islet Ile d'Ambre in 1662.

International Names

  • Dronte Mauricijský (Czech)
  • Dronte (Danish)
  • Dodo (Dutch)
  • Mauritiuksendodo (Finnish)
  • Dronte de Maurice (French)
  • Dodo (German)
  • Dodo (Italian)
  • ドアドア (Do-do) (Japanese)
  • Dodo (Norwegian)
  • Dront Dodo (Polish)
  • Додо (Russian)
  • Dodo (Spanish)
  • Dront (Swedish)

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