Do you remember the animated movie Rio? In the movie there is a ‘Blue Macaw’ parrot also known as the ‘Spix’s Macaw’ that thought he was the last living blue parrot on Earth. In the movie the Brazilian blue parrot makes his way from Minnesota, USA to Janeiro, Brazil hoping to find the love of his life. Against all the odds he eventually gets to Brazil falls in love, has babies and lives happily ever after in an amazing preserved forest. That was the ending of the animation, sadly that happy ending only happened in the movie because at the same time the movie was released 7 years ago the ‘Blue Macaw’ was added to the endangered list — His worst nightmare has come to happen, they are now officially extinct.
In a latest research, which was conducted by the BirdLife Organization, it has been concluded that this amazing blue parrot can no longer be found in its natural habitats, and a few remaining only exist in captivity and eventually those will also die of interbreeding leading the extinction of the blue parrot species.
According to BirdLife, the main reasons for their extinction are that there has been an incredible increase in deforestation, and a constant loss of habitat, the birds in nature were not very adaptive and lived near aggressive species and predators. Although not one of the top reasons, another reason was that the bird was caught and sold on the black market.
The statement, which was released by the BirdLife, points out that there might be a small chance that the birds may exist in some breeding programs but this has not been officially proven.
To our ignorance, it was not like any attempts were not made to save the ‘Blue Parrot. It was in the 1980s when it was first discussed and the community were informed about a possible extinction. Even a man named Tony Juniper tried his best to bring awareness to this and wrote a book titled ‘The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird’ in 2002.
This year it was not only the ‘Blue Parrot’ that was declared extinct, a further seven bird species were also added to the list, five of them were from South America all gone as a result of deforestation and the humans nature of destroying animal habitats. The Cryptic Tree-Hunter and the Alagoas Foliage Gleaner were the additional two from Brazil and Poo-Uli from Hawaii no longer share the same planet with us.
At what point will there be enough awareness that we are not the owners of this planet and every animal has the same right to live in peace? Maybe, never?
The chief scientist and team leader Stuart Butchart said:
“Ninety percent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands. 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 humans take responsibility for their actions? How many more animals have to go extinct before we question what’s going on, why nothing is being done. Every single bird on this list are all extinct as a direct result of human inference and if we want to see a positive change in our world we have to remember it all starts with us.
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Source: BirdLife Organization