"Extinct" Bird Seen, Eaten

An extremely rare bird was photographed by a TV crew in the Philippines in January, just before it was sold at a poultry market.
Found only on the island of Luzon, Worcester's buttonquail was known solely through drawings based on dated museum specimens collected several decades ago.

Scientists had suspected the species—listed as "data deficient" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 2008 Red List—was extinct.

The buttonquail is a reclusive bird, and no one knows how many may remain hidden. Link -via Digg

(image credit: Arnel B. Telesforo)

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4 all the people saying that these people would have starved, don't you think they would've added that? I'm sure they could've put some additional detailing to the entire thing. And seriously, what idiot displays a bird on camera and then sells it to a poultry market? That seems cruel to me........
"Here we have a very odd looking bird on TV, and now we will sell it to a poultry market."
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Ditto on loving quail. Mmm Saddest thing about a delicious well prepared quail? So..Darn...Tiny! The size is soo tiny you'd need like 4 of them to really feel full. But alas, thats just the way it is with most "gourmet" food. Rich on flavor and presentation, but itty bitty portions.
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I think it's a shame that this was the last of its kind and it got eaten, but if it was the last of its kind, it was going to die and end up an extinct species anyway. Also, I'd rather see a poor family get a meal than preserve a doomed creature.
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