Blue Macaw Parrot From The Movie ‘Rio’ Is Now Officially Extinct
If you remember the movies Rio and Blu, Blue Macaw, who thought it was the last of its kind, you need to know that his nightmare, unfortunately, became a reality.
In the animated film, this Brazilian bird, also known as Spix’s Macaw, flies from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro as the last living male of its kind, where meet Jewel, the last living woman. Parrots finally fall in love, have a baby and manage to preserve their own species.
In the real world, however, this did not happen. Seven years ago this parrot species was declared vulnerable and has now officially extinct in the wild.
A study by BirdLife International showed that it can no longer be seen in the wild and that it exists only in captivity, but again in very small numbers. Its extinction came as a result of an increase in forest deforestation and a constant loss of habitat, and they are not as adaptable and lived near dominant species and predators.
There is no official evidence that it still exists in some breeding programs.
In the 1980s, Tony Juniper wrote a book called ” Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rare Bird,” with the goal of raising awareness of the situation with those parrots. Still, people were not enough to stop.
Moreover, this week, the statistical analysis of BirdLife International has also declared seven other species of birds that have disappeared, five of which belong to South America, and who have been victims of deforestation and excessive human interference.
Three species have now disappeared forever.
According to Stuart Butchart, chief scientist of BirdLife and chief author of the list:
“Ninety percent of the extinction of birds of the last centuries was on the islands. However, our results confirm that there is a growing wave of extinction across continents, which is mainly driven by habitat loss and degradation from unsustainable agriculture and felling. “
The fact is that all these extinctions are the result of human interference.
When will that be enough? What should happen to people finally realize that they must respect the life, habitat, and privacy of other animals?