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. A TV crew documented the live bird in the market (above) before it was sold in January, according to the Agence France-Press news agency. Source: Nat.Geo.
There are a lot of “extinct” animals that just hide well from humans.
I like the story about how a tree hugger group tried to repopulate two nearly “extinct” birds – a pigeon and a hawk. They proudly set the birds free on this island. One problem – what was the favorite meal for the rare hawk? The rare pigeon.