Scientist Takes First-Ever Photo of Rare Bird…then Snuffs It for Science

Scientist Takes First-Ever Photo of Rare Bird…then Snuffs It for Science

It was a truly monumental moment for Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He was finally holding the elusive Guadalcanal moustached kingfisher! He said it was like finding a unicorn.

Image, he had been searching for the rare and mysterious orange, white, and brilliant-blue bird for more than 20 years. Then, on a field study in the high forests of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, he finally heard the “ko-ko-ko-ko-kiew” sound of what he described as the unmistakable call of a large kingfisher. Find out what he did next with this amazing natural world discovery on the next page:

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