Heartbreaking News As The Species Of Blue Parrot From The Movie Rio Is Now Extinct

11The decline

There are many reports and surveys that state that there were an estimated 60 birds of this species in the span of 100 years. Naturalists have also started that predatory species like black rats, mongooses, feral cats, etc that prey on the bird’s eggs and younglings may have also had a hand in the decline. All these factors are the reason why there has been a decline in the population of this species.

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12The hunting

From a period starting in the 1970s to the early 80s, it was noticed that the number of birds had declined even more rapidly. This was due to the hunting and trapping as well as the unsustainable harvesting of the Caraíba trees that were used as firewood. There was also the construction of the Sobradinho Dam in 1974 which submerged the basin woodlands under an artificial lake.

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13Bringing them back

As the only alive specimens are the ones held in captivity the Brazilian government is trying their very best to bring them back into the wild with some long-term plans. Some of the main steps include firstly, breading the Spix macaw to a good enough population so that they can be let out back into nature.

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14A proper habitat

Taking into consideration that one of the major factors for the decline in the number of birds of this species was human involvement in the destruction of their environment, the government wants to establish a better environment for these birds. They wanted a safe and healthy environment so that the captive birds can adapt to the wild outdoors before setting them free.

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15The plan

The government hopes that by 2021, the Spix macaw can be reintroduced into the wild. The birds that are in captive are being treated with extra care and are taken care off while a safe environment is being created as well as the local population is being prepared for the birds to be able to co-exist with them.

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