Captive birds on Dutch Mauritius: bad-tempered parrots, warty pigeons and notes on other native animals

  title={Captive birds on Dutch Mauritius: bad-tempered parrots, warty pigeons and notes on other native animals},
  author={Julian P. Hume and Ria Winters},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  pages={812 - 822}
During the occupation of Mauritius by the Dutch in the seventeenth century, live dodos and other animals were transported to the east and west as curiosities and gifts by the Dutch East India Company. How these animals managed to survive these journeys, when human casualties on-board ship were so high, has remained a mystery. Here, we present for the first time a translation of the recently discovered report of Johannes Pretorius, who stayed on Mauritius from 1666 to 1669. Pretorius kept a… 

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