28 Oct '15, 11pm

‘Ghost bird’ photographed for first time ever, euthanized for science

Moustached Kingfisher. Photo courtesy of University of Kansas/Rob Moyle. Last month, when biologist Chris Filardi from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), and his team, were traipsing across Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Archipelago surveying its biodiversity, they heard a call — “ko-ko-ko-kokokokokokokoko-kiew. ” They paused, and waited, Filardi writes in his blog . Then, soon enough, they spotted the source of the call: a blue-and-gold beautiful Guadalcanal moustached kingfisher (Actenoides bougainvillei excelsus ), the “ghost bird” that had eluded him, and other western scientists, for several decades. The rarely-seen kingfisher quickly flew away. Very few scientists have spotted the moustached kingfisher so far, and a male had never been seen previously. According to Audubon.org, “the only real sources of information on the species were three female spec...

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