Remember the movie “Rio and Blu” casting a funny parrot belonging to the Blue Macaw species. Let us refresh your memory, this Blue Macaw, named Spix’s Macaw, presented as the last of his species flies all the way from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro where he meets Jewel, the last living female. In the animated movie the ending is happy, the last male and female parrots of the Blue Macaw fall in love, have a baby, and thus continue their species.
However, in real life things are not as happy and merry like in the movie. Unfortunately, we cannot see a Blue Maccaw parrot in nature anymore, this species are now officially distinct. We can cherish the memory of this species just by watching the movie.
This Brazilian bird first entered the endangered species list seven years ago, but nothing was done to save its kind in nature.
According to BirdLife International this species is no longer seen in the wild, and there is a small amount of parrots alive that live in captivity but that is not enough to sustain a whole species.
One of the reasons for its extinction is the massive deforestation which made them lose their natural habitat. Plus, they have not been very much adaptive and lived near dominant species and predators where they could not survive.
You may think that someone must have taken care of them and that they thrive in some breeding programs, but there are none to our knowledge up to now.
In the eighties of the previous century, there was an attempt by Tony Juniper with his book “Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird” to raise awareness of the alarming situation of these parrots. But, it seemed that his efforts were futile as nothing was done for these parrots to be saved.
Unfortunately, this is not the only bird that is extinct from our planet, the BirdLife International in its analyses declared seven other bird species extinct as well. Five species of them are native in South America that were also victims of deforestation and excessive human interference. Additionally, the Poo-Uli from Hawaii, the cryptic tree-hunter and the Alagoas foliage gleaner from Brazil cannot be seen in nature anymore.
The analyst of Birdlife International and their chief scientist, Stuart Butchart, stated:
“Ninety percent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands. However, our results confirm that there is a growing wave of extinctions sweeping across the continents, driven mainly by habitat loss and degradation from unsustainable agriculture and logging.”
Humans are to be blamed for the extinction of all these species due to the massive interference with nature where profit comes first.
We need to learn once and for all that every animal and plant has the same right to this planet and that we as superior beings should respect the life and habitat of the other animals and try our best to protect them.