In the movie Rio, Blu is a blue macaw parrot who thinks that he is the last of his species.
Blu’s nightmare has come to real life. Seven years ago, the blue macaw parrots were declared endangered and as of right now, they are extinct in the wild.
Originating from Brazil, this bird is known as the Spix’s macaw. A study done by BirdLife International concluded that this bird cannot be seen anymore in the wild, thus becoming completely extinct.
This study concluded that the only places that this blue colored bird can be found right now are in captivity and in really few numbers.
The organization states that the reason why the bird has gone extinct is because of deforestation and loss of habitat.
These birds are not as adaptive as other animals and lived in areas dominated by other species and predators.
It is believed that these birds continue to live in breeding programs, however, there is no real proof that this is true.
The treat of the bird’s extinction came in the 1980s with activists making everything they can to make awareness to save them.
Tony Juniper, an author released a book called “Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird” as an attempt to spread awareness of the endangerment of the bird in 2002.
Alongside the blue macaw, 7 additional bird species have been declared extinct. This announcement is based on BirdLife International’s statistical analysis that was made this week.
Out of the seven species, five were from South America and the reason for their extinction is the deforestation and human interferences.
The Alagoas foliage gleaner and the cryptic tree-hunter from Brazil, alongside Poo-Uli from Hawaii, have been completely wiped out.
These extinctions were caused by the interference of humans and it’s horrifying.
We, humans, are the reason for most of the extinctions in the world today. How many more animals need to become extinct for us to finally realize that what we are doing is wrong?