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Dodo Conservation status Extinct 1681 Scientific classification KingdomAnimalia PhylumChordata ClassAves OrderColumbiformes FamilyRaphidae GenusRaphus Brisson 1760 SpeciesR cucullatus Binomial name Raphus cucullatus Linnaeus 1758 Basic Information The Dodo is an extinct flightless bird It was discovered in 1581 in the Indian Ocean on the island of Mauritius They were discovered by Dutch sailors who named them Dodos after their call which sounds like doo-doo the Portuguese word doudo meaning fool and dodaars a Dutch word referring to the feathers on their buttocks Extinction They became extinct because the Dodo was entirely fearless of people and this in combination with its flightlessness made it easy prey for the Dutch soldiers who on encountering the Dodos decided to eat them Another reason the Dodo became extinct is the animals that the sailors brought with them such as rats cats and pigs destroyed the Dodos nest meaning that the eggs were not able to survive But the main reason for their extinction is when the Dutch had settled on the island they destroyed the forests which cut of the Dodos food supply 5 Things You Never Knew About The Dodo The Dodo is closely related to the pigeon No one had really heard of the dodo until 1865 when it appeared in Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland Dodos are supposed to have weighed up to 23kg Its face is made up from bare skin It has 4 toes three on the front 1 on the back
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