Saturday, February 28, 2009

A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food.
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.
A TV crew documented the live bird in a market before it was sold in January.
Michael Lu, president of the wild bird club of the Philippines told the AFP the bird's demise should inspire a "local consciousness" about the regions threatened wildlife.
"What if it was the last of it's species?" Lu said.
However, the buttonquail is from a "notoriously cryptic and unoftrusive family of birds" according to the nonprofit Birdlife International, so the species may survive in other regions.

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