Mauritius was the home of the now extinct dodo bird. The last bird was killed in 1681.

Dodo

Mauritius was the home of the now extinct dodo bird. The last bird was killed in 1681.

The dodo, once a native of Mauritius. It was hunted to extinction by European sailors.

Dodo

The dodo, once a native of Mauritius. It was hunted to extinction by European sailors.

A dodo bird.

Dodo

A dodo bird.

The Dodo, indigenous to Mauritius, should be placed in the first rank of extinct birds. "It was observed by Vasco de Gama, who visited this island in 1497. At the end of the seventeenth century some of them still existed."

The Dodo

The Dodo, indigenous to Mauritius, should be placed in the first rank of extinct birds. "It was observed…

"The Dodo, ...was an immense Pigeon-like bird bigger than a Turkey, with an aborted keel to the sternum and the wings also aborted. The coracoid and scapula met at an obtuse angle, as in many other flightless species. The huge blackish bill terminated in a large horny hook, the cheeks were partly bare, the short yellow legs were stout, scaly, and feathered on the upper portion; the plumage was dark ash- coloured, with whitish breast and tail, yellowish-white wings, and black tips to their coverts. The short rectrices formed a curled tuft, and the first four primaries were directed backwards." A. H. Evans, 1900

Dodo

"The Dodo, ...was an immense Pigeon-like bird bigger than a Turkey, with an aborted keel to the sternum…