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Extinct bird seen but sold as food in Philippines

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 20, 2009 in Environment
The rare quail that was last observed several decades ago was seen for the first time recently but it was sold as food at a poultry market.
The bird, Worcester’s buttonquail was recorded several decades ago in drawings and thought to be extinct. It is found only on the island of Luzon in Philippines.
It was listed under the category “data deficient” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s 2008 Red List, but the scientists believed the quail became extinct.
But a TV crew documented the bird when they visited the market and took this picture posted in the article but it was sold before they could find it that it belonged to the endangered list according to AFP.
Michael Lu, president of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines is very upset with this incident. He wants the incident to be a lesson for others to preserve threatened wildlife.
According to the non-profit organization, Birdlife International this buttonquail belongs to a group of “notoriously cryptic and unobtrusive family of birds” and believes some of them might still be surviving in the wild.
Let us hope so and doesn’t become extinct in the marketplace.
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