Dodo

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.

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Details & Statistics

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

Conservation

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

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