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Is the buff-breasted button-quail still alive? This century-old bird mystery has yet to be solved


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In humid savanna on Cape York Peninsula, February 5, 1922, a man was on the hunt with a local Indigenous guide. They had just heard their quarry calling among the tall grass—a low "oomm, oomm, oomm"—before it burst into view with a flurry of wingbeats. A loud shotgun blast, and the bird dropped to the ground.

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