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Scientist causes outrage after deliberately killing rare bird

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 09/10/2015 | 19:59

A Moustached Kingfisher
Credit: Facebook/American Museum of Natural History
A Moustached Kingfisher Credit: Facebook/American Museum of Natural History

A scientist has caused outrage by deliberately killing a rare and beautiful bird after it was photographed for the first time.

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The 'Moustached Kingfisher' is referred to as a ‘ghost bird’ because it’s so rare.

The stunning and colourful creature is native to the Solomon Islands.

Metro.co.uk report that when the animal’s unique call was heard by scientist Chris Filardi, he decided to track it down and kill it.

Mr Filardi, director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History, claimed that the bird had been ‘collected as a specimen for additional study.’

But while his actions have been decried as ‘unnecessary slaying’ by the scientific community, Mr Filardi said that the bird is ‘not rare.’

He denounced criticism of his actions saying that although sightings and information about the bird are rare in the ornithological community, the bird itself is not.

‘As I wrote from the field, this is a bird that is poorly known and elusive to western science – not rare or in imminent danger of extinction," he said.

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