Did you watch Rio and Blu? We all loved the Blue Macaw parrot. In the movie, the bird thought he was the last bird of its kind. Sadly, the movie has become a reality now.
In Rio and Blu, the Brazilian bird goes all the way from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro. He is convinced that he is the last living male of the Spix’s Macaw.
However, he soon met Jewel who happened to be the last female of the living species. They fall madly in love and had a baby. Their story had a happy ending. However, the world won’t witness a happy ending.
Seven years ago, the Blue Macaw was declared endangered. Today, it’s extinct. There are no parrots of this kind.
The BirdLife International conducted a study that confirmed the extinction. No parrots were discovered in the wild. There may be a few birds in captivity. The parrots disappeared as a result of the deforestation. Their home was gone and they couldn’t survive the predators.
In the 1880, Tony Juniper wrote “Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird” to raise the awareness. The gorgeous blue parrots were almost gone at that point. However, no one cared and now they are extinct.
Seven other bird species had gone extinct too. Five of these species lived in South America. Human factor and deforestation are cited as major causes. The cryptic tree hunter and the Alagoas foliage gleaner from Brazil and Poo-Uli from Hawaii disappeared.
“Ninety percent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands,” Stuart Butchart, BirdLife’s chief scientist and the paper’s lead author explained.
“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.”
When will we stop this to our planet? Our waters are poisoned. Our animals go extinct. We are about to lose our main resources. We are actually killing ourselves. Let that sink in.