Friday, February 20, 2009

Bird found, enjoyed by all

The bird, as it appears on your menu
"Extinct" Bird Seen, Eaten
A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market, experts say.

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.
I know that's my first experience when finding rare or previously thought to be extinct animals: document the discovery, then decide on broiling or frying. But there was a benefit to this. People only thought the bird existed, now they know it did/does AND they know it was delicious. A classic win/win if I ever heard of it.

Now someone find out if those Chinese River Dolphins still exist and whether they should be broiled or smoked and served with red or white wine.

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