A rare bird, Worcester’s buttonquail (Turnix worcesteri), long though to be extinct was photographed and videotaped recently. This is the first photograph ever recorded of this bird. The Worcester’s buttonquail is very secretive, with no song, and it avoids contact with humans and other animals.

After it was photographed, it was sold to a poultry market, where it was slaughtered, butchered, sold for food and presumably eaten. The hunter that caught it didn’t know how rare it was. To make this story even sadder, it’s thought that the bird was female, suggesting that it might have laid eggs somewhere — and if there had been a male hiding somewhere too, there might have been a sliver of hope for the species. Link via glitter_trash on Twitter.

Posted on February 20th, 2009 by Katxena