A new study by BirdLife International showed that at least eight species of birds have disappeared over the years. Among them is the blue parrot, very famous in the movie “Rio.”
Pleas from the high-spirited film, Rio, for humans to care about the Spix’s macaw may have come too late. As of a few days ago, the Spix’s macaw has been declared extinct in the wild. Human interference in their native lands proved to be too much for this little blue macaw. pic.twitter.com/XYzru1l3NJ
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In the successful animation film, the parrots fought for survival when Blu flies from America to Brazil to find Jewel, the last female of its species. They fall in love and have a baby in the story with a happy ending. Unfortunately, in real life, Spix’s Macaw parrots didn’t make it.
While many bird extinctions have occurred on solitary islands, the study revealed that the most recent extinctions have been in South America. That shows the strong impact of deforestation in those areas. According to the Red List of Endangered Species, about 187 bird species have disappeared worldwide since 1500.
According to a report by the organization in Cambridge, England, the causes of this rapid decline include the introduction of invasive species, hunting, and deforestation.
Today, the expansion of huge urban areas and global warming have created tremendous pressure on wildlife species, with many animals forced to adapt or become extinct.
As about the blue parrots with bright blue plumage that are officially extinct in the wild, some exemplary people live in captivity.