The Dodo

The flightless Dodo is a bird that became extinct in its native Mauritius in the 1660s, only 80 years after its discovery. Alfred Waterhouse seems to have based his design for this ornament on a painting held in the Museum’s collection.

  • The Dodo's changing image
    The Dodo's changing image - 01/01/2005 (video)

    Many images of the Dodo are not very accurate, including Alfred Waterhouse’s terracotta ornament and the model displayed in the Birds gallery. In this video, Dodo expert Julian Hume explains the issues.