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The species Dodo is extinct.

Image by bru.b
Image by bru.b
Raphus cucullatus


[edit] Identification

  • One-metre high
  • Greyish plumage
  • 23-cm, hooked bill
  • Very small wings
  • Yellow legs
  • Bare facial skin
  • Yellow eyes
  • Some longer white feathers on the wings and tail

[edit] Distribution

Mauritius Island.

Last seen 1662.

[edit] Taxonomy

This was a monotypic species[1].

Dodo has in the past been placed in Raphidae, together with the also extinct Reunion Solitaire and Rodriguez Solitaire.

[edit] Habitat


[edit] Behaviour


[edit] Diet

The diet included fruit and seeds.

[edit] Breeding

It nested on the ground and a single egg was laid.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at

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