The dodo is a flightless bird that was unique to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar which had become extinct. The dodo’s closest genetic relative was the also extinct Rodrigues solitaire, with the two composing the Raphinae… Continue Reading

Great Auk

The great auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a flightless alcid species that died out in the mid-nineteenth century. The genus Pinguinus had only one current species. It is not closely related to the birds presently known as penguins, which were discovered… Continue Reading

Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon was a famous pigeon that exists in the European region of the globe. Its scientific name is Ectopistes migratorius. Migratorius means “migrating” and Ectopistes means “moving around or roaming.” The scientific term alludes to a bird that not… Continue Reading