Kw-logo-smaller

History: The Dodo Bird

The Dodo & Given, by G. Edwards in 1750.
The Extinct Dodo

Although this bird is called the dodo, it wasn't a particularly stupid bird. When visitors to the island of Mauritius, off the coast of Africa, first saw the bird they thought its friendly approach meant the bird was dumb.

Where'd the Dodo Go?

Gray in color, the dodo bird may have been a relative of the pigeon family. It had a large, hooked beak and white feathers attached to its tail. This wingless bird had no enemies on the island and was safe living on the ground. In 1581, when dogs and pigs were brought onto the island, things changed. Man introduced other new species and started hunting the dodo bird. Eventually, the dodo became extinct. Although the exact date isn't certain, people believe these birds were last seen around 1681.

That's All Folks - The Calvaria Goes the way of the Dodo

With the extinction of the dodo came the end of the Calvaria tree because it relied on the dodo to spread its seeds. When the dodo ate the fruit from the tree, it couldn't digest it and would poop it out (Think of a bad burrito experience). This is how the seeds were spread. No dodo droppings - no Calvaria tree.

What Do We Know About the Dodo?

There are no dodos today for scientist to examine, and paintings and drawings of this wingless bird are all very different in size. Known technically as Raphus Cucullatus, some scientists believe the dodo was extremely overweight while others think it was much thinner and a running bird, like an Ostrich. With no complete skeleton, scientist can only guess.

Related Stories:

readers voted!

Comments

easter232

easter232 wrote:

jk
commented: Fri Jul 25, 2014

easter232

easter232 wrote:

lunch anyone?
commented: Fri Jul 25, 2014

easter232

easter232 wrote:

poor dodo that is so sadFrown ;(
commented: Fri Jul 25, 2014

there are 37 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F992546704968

What Do You Think the Dodo Looked Like?

  • It was fat and stupid like people thought.
  • It was probably thin and a fast runner.
  • I'm not sure, but I would have liked to have one as a pet.

related stories

Micro_kookoo kennel micro
The company that brought us the wacky world of KooKoo Birds is back with something even more exci...
Micro_rio-micro
Rio tells the story of Blu, a Spix Macaw who is captured from his native homelands of Brazil at a...
Micro_pigeons_micro
Imagine sitting in a park, picnicking with your pals, when all of a sudden people run right throu...

Random in the forums

Savvysarus
I know English and I am currently learning my second language of French
reply 4 minutes
AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Debating:
"Dartz" wrote:^_^ COOL ...wow.
reply 11 minutes
hugebear
hugebear posted in Say Anything:
Your welcome and good luck :angel :love
reply 12 minutes
Shadeleaf
Shadeleaf posted in Say Anything:
"Zelittledoctor" wrote: "Shadeleaf" wrote: *Laughs and gives a fake cursy*     I am not afraid... I'm ticket-taking your life and it'll be in 3D... Let's see. I am not afraid like the rest of the world...  Go ahead and try... (Sorry if I sound harsh :D)
reply 18 minutes
Dartz
Dartz posted in Debating:
^_^ COOL
reply 19 minutes

play online games

Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

Goodgameempire-thumb

Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

Black-history-month-crossword-pre

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

Big-farm-thumb

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

Candy-cash-thumb

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...