Dodo

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Dodo
Temporal range: Late Holocene
Skeleton and model of a Dodo
Dodo skeleton cast and model based on modern research, at Oxford University Museum of Natural HistoryTemplate:Sfn

Extinct  (about 1662) (IUCN 3.1)Template:Sfn
Scientific classification e
Unrecognized taxon (fix): Raphus
Species: R. cucullatus
Binomial name
Raphus cucullatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Mauritius island location.svg
Former range (area in blue)
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The Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Its closest genetic relative was the also extinct Rodrigues Solitaire, the two forming the subfamily Raphinae of the family of pigeons and doves. The closest living relative of the Dodo is the Nicobar Pigeon. A white Dodo was once incorrectly thought to have existed on the nearby island of Réunion.

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Plaster cast of the dried Oxford head and London foot of a Dodo bird at the Booth Museum of Natural History.

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