The Dodo, more commonly known as dodo became a typical example of the missing animal species due to human activity. Its extinction is also due to the vandalism of colonization. Indeed, the animal is of the size of a large turkey that lived peacefully on the Island of Mauritius, formerly uninhabited until the arrival of Europeans.
In 1598, Dutch sailors came in contact with this bird previously unknown, measuring around one meter and weighs about 23 kg. The Portuguese, who had already visited the island yet did not mention about the animal. Dutch sailors quickly named the strange volatile “walgvogel” (literally “disgusting bird”), before calling it “dodo”. The etymology of “dodo” is not established, however, it could come from the Dutch word “doodars” ( “lazy”) or the former Portuguese “doudo” ( “stupid”).