The Mauritius Dodo more commonly just dodo, was a metre-high (three-foot) flightless bird of the island of Mauritius.
The dodo, which is now extinct, lived on fruit and nested on the ground.
The dodo is a close relative of modern pigeons and doves.
The cause of the dodo's extinction is not entirely clear.
As with many animals evolving in isolation from significant predators, the dodo was entirely fearless of people, and this, in combination with its flightlessness, made it easy prey.
Although there are scattered reports of mass killings of dodos for provisioning of ships, archaeological investigations have hitherto found scant evidence of human predation on these birds.
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