The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.
The dodo’s closest genetic relative was the also-extinct Rodrigues solitaire, the two forming the subfamily Raphinae of the family of pigeons and doves.
Do dodo birds still exist?
A shocking 26 per cent believed the Dodo to still exist, despite the last bird being spotted over 400 years ago. And though it’s known to have been extinct for 150 million years, 23 per cent said they believed the Brachiosaurus to still roam the Earth.
Was the dodo bird smart?
The Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society found that dodos, birds that went extinct centuries ago, actually had a similar brain-to-body size ratio as pigeons, considered quite intelligent birds for their ability to be trained.
Why are dodo birds extinct?
It’s commonly believed that the dodo went extinct because Dutch sailors ate the beast to extinction after finding that the bird was incredibly easy to catch due to the fact it had no fear of humans, (why it didn’t fear the creature many times its size is a mystery for another day).
Why do people say dodo bird?
It’s widely believed that the dodo originally migrated to Mauritius by flight, but adapted over millions of years to its isolated island way of life, with its lack of predators and large quantity of fruit located on or close to the ground. Flightlessness and gigantism were two of the traits they adapted.