A report from BirdLife International tells how the Spix’s Macaw sadly meets the conditions to be considered extinct. Human intervention ended its existence.
Rio, is a film that tells the life of Blu, a Spix’s macaw that is bred in captivity in the United States. In the film of 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, you can see how several birds are captured and Blu is taken to live in captivity, to later mate again with a female in Brazil.
Unfortunately, the plot is not entirely real, because according to the latest documents, the last female of its kind probably died around the year 2000.
Now, a new study from BirdLife International mentioned that the Spix’s Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) is one of eight species that are ready to be declared extinct or with a high probability that it will be.
The eight-year study used a new statistical approach to analyze 51 critically endangered species, quantifying three factors at once: the intensity of the threats, the time or reliability of the records, and the timing and number of search efforts for Each species.
Five of the eight confirmed or suspected extinctions occurred in South America. In fact, four of them are in Brazil, reflecting the devastating effects of deforestation in this part of the world.