Dodo: A Flightless Bird From Mauritius Who Should Have Never Been Extinct

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In the 17th century, several species of animals became extinct because of human activities. Some of them are dodos, moa, and quetzal. The dodo was a flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius. It is one of the most famous birds that have gone extinct. They were hunted by humans who discovered the bird in 1598 when they found Mauritius Island for the first time. By 1681, all dodos had gone extinct because of deforestation and hunting for food.

Read on to find out more about this flightless bird from Mauritius who should have never been extinct.

 Beautiful Dodo Artwork available here

What Was a Dodo?

A dodo is a flightless bird that went extinct because of human activities. It was endemic to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Dodos are related to pigeons and are members of the bird family Columbidae, which also includes doves and pigeons. The dodo was first described by Dutch sailors visiting Mauritius; they thought the bird was a kind of turkey. The first published description of the dodo was written in 1651 by the Dutch naturalist Willem Swammerdam, who had also tried to describe the dodo eggs. Since the dodo has been extinct for many years, it is difficult to know exactly what the bird looked like. Most images were made-up drawings made from observations of other birds. Because the dodo was flightless and relatively tame, it was easy for the Dutch explorers to approach and kill them. The dodo was large and had a yellowish-white plumage, fat, short legs, and a grey-black hooked beak.


Why Did the Dodo Go Extinct?

The dodo is an icon of extinction. It is often used as a warning about how humans are destroying the world's biodiversity. The dodo was first discovered by Europeans when they found the island of Mauritius in 1598. They hunted dodos for food, but they also made the dodo extinct by killing off the birds' habitat. They cut down the beautiful forests on Mauritius to build ships and houses, and they also made charcoal from the trees. The dodo's extinction was a warning sign that things had gone terribly wrong in the new world. But it was too late. The dodo was already gone, and other animals were disappearing as well.


What Can Be Learned From The Dodo?

The dodo is a perfect example of what happens when a species gets out of balance with its environment. For decades, people have debated about why the dodo went extinct: Did humans hunt them too much? Did they eat too many of the wrong foods? Did they get sick from a disease? Did a cyclone wipe them out? The truth is that all of these things probably contributed to their extinction. It also shows that it doesn't have to happen to just one species. If one species goes extinct, it can lead to a domino effect that can wipe out entire ecosystems.


7 Tips to Prevent Future Extinctions

  • Protect critical habitat
  • Pick up litter
  • Reduce noise
  • Clean up toxic chemicals
  • Conserve water
  • Reduce climate change
  • Help endangered species



The dodo was once a common bird living on the island of Mauritius, but then it went extinct. It is a prime example of what happens when a species gets out of balance with its environment. Humans hunted dodos for food, and they also made their habitat smaller. If we want to prevent more extinctions, we must protect critical habitats, pick up litter, reduce noise, clean up toxic chemicals, conserve water, and reduce climate change. We can also help endangered species. If we don't, we might just end up with a planet full of extinct species, like the dodo.

Beautiful Dodo Artwork available here

Dodo Artwork by Dazzling Art Boutique

I have created a collection of Dodo artworks to keep one of the most famous extinct animals in our memory, to remember its sad story, to celebrate its beauty as it has been passed down through history and to keep the Dodo - at least in our hearts - alive .