The Diricawl was first introduced by Dubhghall Riddoc in Care of Magical Creatures class during Term 8. Originated in Mauritius, the creature's existence was once in fact fully known to Muggles, though known as the 'Dodo bird'. Due to their ability to vanish at will, this led to Muggles believing they had hunted the entire species to extinction.
The Diricawl is described as a plump-bodied fluffy-feathered, flightless bird. It is remarkable for its method of escaping danger, vanishing in a puff of feathers to reappear elsewhere like Phoenixes.