Thursday, February 19, 2009

Filed under "Ooops"

Bird Suspected to Be Extinct Photographed for First Time ... Then Eaten

A bird suspected to be extinct was reportedly photographed for the first time in the Philippines, and then sold to a poultry market as food.

Worcester's buttonquail was known only through illustrations based on decades-old museum specimens until a television crew documented the live bird in the market before it was sold in January, reported.

Scientists had suspected the bird, found only on the island of Luzon, to be extinct, according to

Wild Bird Club of the Philippines President Michael Lu, told the Agence France-Press news agency that it’s unfortunate that the locals aren't more conscious of the threatened wildlife around them.

"What if this was the last of its species?" he said.
Wonder if it tasted like chicken?


Wretched Sinner said...

Actually, it's not extinct. It just evolved into dinner.

Bird Brain said...

Tastes like chicken!

ExPatMatt said...

That's quite a tasteless joke.