Jolyon C. Parish

 It may be added, for the benefit of any naturalist who, at some time or other, might turn his attention to the matter, that [John] Wolley was strongly of opinion that assiduously as Strickland had worked, the amount of information to be yet derived from a more extended research, such as would be afforded by several of our public and private libraries, was far from being exhausted – if, indeed, their dust did not still bury the knowledge of facts bearing on this remarkable group of extinct organisms far more interesting than any that had been resuscitated

(Newton 1909, p.159).


The following files comprise material relating to the dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), extinct flightless pigeons (Aves: Columbidae) of the Mascarene Islands. They are available to download as pdf files.


The Dodologist’s Miscellany comprises:
A1: The Dodo Sourcebook [comprising transcriptions of contemporary and post-contemporary accounts of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus), solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), and Réunion ibis (Threskiornis solitarius)]
A5: Osteological Description [including muscle reconstructions, osteometrics, pathology and variation]
A8: Synopsis of Attempts at the Classification of the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and the Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) [including Lüttschwager’s (1959a, 1959b, 1961) characters of Raphus and Pezophaps and Hachisuka’s (1953) comparisons of Mauritian and White Dodos and Solitaires]
A9: The Phylogenetic Placement of the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and the Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) [including data sets for the current phylogenetic analyses. Janoo’s (2000) data set]
A10: Bibliography of the Didinæ [comprising a comprehensive annotated chronological listing of works mentioning the dodo (Raphus cucullatus), solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) and Réunion ibis (Threskiornis solitarius), including both published and unpublished material] + A Listing of Names Given to the Dodo and Solitaire


These articles accompany the book:
Parish, J. C. 2013 The Dodo and the Solitaire. A Natural History, Indiana University Press.
Series: Life of the Past
Format: hardback with dust jacket, xxii + 409 pages, 20 colour illustrations (16 plates), 200 black-and-white illustrations. 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-253-00099-6
Figs.4.1, 4.3, 5.5 of the book are from the digitized copies of Clusius (1605), Jonstonus (1650) and Olearius (1674), respectively, held in the Service Interétablissements de Coopération Documentaire of the Universities of Strasbourg, 34, bld de la Victoire 67000 Strasbourg, France: http://num-scd-ulp.u-strasbg.fr:8080/
In the Dodo Sourcebook the fonts JSL Ancient, JSL Ancient Italic and JSL Blackletter were used. These are available from: www.shipbrook.com/jeff/typograf.html. The author would like to thank Jeff Lee for permission to use them.
Keywords: dodo, solitaire, Raphus cucullatus, Pezophaps solitaria, Didus ineptus, Ornithaptera, Apterornis, Victoriornis, dronte, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Réunion, Mascarenes, extinct.


Links to books and articles on the dodo and solitaire available online can be found here. For further details on the dodo and solitaire the reader is referred to Rookmaaker (2010)



Should any errors or omissions be found in the above works the author can be contacted at: dodologist[at]gmail.com. Likewise, this address can be used if you have rights to use and distribute any images that could be included and would like to provide them for use in any of the above works.


The above files may be updated in future. Please check back for the latest versions.


Note: Abbreviations are as in Parish (2013, pp.xxi-xxii).

E-= document in the English Correspondence archive of Hugh Edwin Strickland, UMZC (see Rookmaaker 2010).

F-= document in the Foreign Correspondence archive of Hugh Edwin Strickland, UMZC (see Rookmaaker 2010).

Tr = Trench (Tr0-Tr4).



  • The title “The Dodologist’s Miscellany” is taken from Oudemans’ (1917b, p.24) word ‘dodologen’ (dodologists), with reference to Shaw & Nodder’s (1792-1794) “The Naturalist’s Miscellany”, which, by describing the known specimens, confirmed the existence of the dodo in the eighteenth century.
  • Although the above articles are part of the same corpus as Parish (2013), they are not associated with Indiana University Press and have not been subjected to their peer-review or editorial processes (although some short sections have been peer-reviewed).
  • References concerning the dodo and/or solitaire in the text refer to entries in A10 (Bibliography of the Didinæ). References not concerning the dodo or solitaire are listed at the end of the article in question. Where there is ambiguity (such as the reference having the same author as one listed in A10) then this is indicated by ‘below’ following the citation, which indicates that the reference is listed at the end of the article. No differentiation is given in A10 between book and journal, newspaper and internet references in the articles, although these are differentiated in the bibliography.
  • Titles in orange refer to articles in The Dodologist’s Miscellany.
  • Abbreviations are as in Parish (2013, pp.xxi-xxii).

E- = document in the English Correspondence archive of Hugh Edwin Strickland, UMZC (see Rookmaaker 2010).

F- = document in the Foreign Correspondence archive of Hugh Edwin Strickland, UMZC (see Rookmaaker 2010).


Not all of the articles listed above are currently available. It is hoped to have the remaining articles online within the next few weeks.

Copyright © Jolyon C. Parish 2012. Permission is granted to duplicate “as is” (unedited) for noncommerical, educational uses only, with the proviso that full acknowledgement is given (see below). Excerpts may be quoted, with the above stipulation.


If any of the above files, or part(s) thereof, are used then the preferred citation is:

Parish, J. C. 2012 [title] in The Dodologist’s Miscellany. Available at: http://sites.google.com/site/dodologistsmiscellany/ [date accessed]


For those images in the Public Domain (those for which copyright has expired), please cite the artist’s name and image source if the images are used.