Remember Blu? The blue macaw from the movie Rio who thought that he was the last of his species? Well, his nightmare has come to life and the blue macaw parrots, who were declared endangered about seven years ago, are now officially extinct in the wild.
This bird from Brazil, also known as the Spix’s Macaw can no longer be seen in the wild, concluded a study done by BirdLife International. The study found that the blue colored bird now only exists in captivity and the numbers are extremely few and heartbreaking.
(CNN) The Spix’s macaw achieved onscreen fame in 20th Century Fox’s “Rio” as a charming parrot named Blu who travels thousands of miles in an attempt to save his species.
In the 2011 movie, Blu was raised in captivity and travels from Minnesota to Brazil with his owner to repopulate his species with the last wild female of their kind, Jewel. But the movie was 11 years too late, the study found, as Jewel likely would’ve died in 2000.
But a study released this week found that the Brazilian bird is now extinct in the wild.
The Spix’s macaw is one of eight bird species, half of them in Brazil, confirmed extinct or suspected extinct in the report from BirdLife International.
Deforestation is a leading cause of the Spix’s macaw’s disappearance from its natural habitat, according to the report.
For the first time, extinctions on the mainland are outpacing those on islands, the study says.
According to the organization, the bird has gone extinct due to the rise in deforestation and constant loss of habitat. The birds were also not so adaptive and lived near dominant species and predators.
“Ninety percent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands,” said Stuart Butchart, BirdLife’s chief scientist and the paper’s lead author. “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.”
That doesn’t mean all hope is lost for birds like Blu. The report says that although the species is extinct in the wild, 60 to 80 Spix’s macaws still live in captivity. There’s no official proof of the statement though.
The threat that the species might become extinct and we must do everything to conserve it was sparked in the 1980s! Author Tony Juniper even penned a book called “Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird”, in an attempt to make people aware of the situation in 2002.
Other than the blue macaw, 7 other bird species have been declared extinct. The announcement was made this week, based on the statistical analysis by BirdLife International.
Five of the species belong to South America and were victims of deforestation and too much human interference.
Three species – namely – the cryptic tree-hunter and the Alagoas foliage gleaner from Brazil and Poo-Uli from Hawaii have been completely wiped out and are now gone forever.
All these extinctions were caused by human interference and not natural causes, it is sickening.
How many more extinctions will it take for humans to finally learn to respect the privacy of other animals?