Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is a now extinct species of flightless bird that was first discovered in 1598 by Dutch sailors. The terrestrial birds quickly became a much needed food supply and with no previous interactions with man they were clueless to the danger. Closely related to pigeons, no complete Dodo specimens exist, so determining true color variations is impossible. They stood close to 3 ft in height and likely weighed up to 50 lbs with short stumpy wings that were void of flight feathers. Once found in plenty on Mauritius Island it is believed that they had virtually no predators other than man. Truly a legend in its own right the Dodo is today one of the most widely recognized bird species in the world…which is impressive considering the last officially recognized sighting of one was 1662!