Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus )

Pronunciation key

( dōdō )

Do•do [pl DODOS, DODOES (-dōz)].


[Port. doudo lit., stupid or foolish].

A large bird which is now extinct, having a large hooked bill, short neck and legs and had only rudimentary wings which were useless for flight. Formerly its native habitat was located in Mauritius.

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Dodo Bird
Standing height of 2 ft.
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Chordata – chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata – vertebrates
Class Aves – Birds
Order Columbiformes – Doves, colombes, pigeons, Pigeons
Family Raphidae
Genus Raphus Brisson, 1760
Species Raphus cucullatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Raphus cucullatus, (Linnaeus, 1758) Taxonomic Serial No.: 555609
  • EXTINCT DODO BIRD, Raphus Cucullatus
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