They are trying to raise the local people's awareness of the bird's importance. In 2019, the Association for Threatened Parrots said that around 160 birds exist. Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 16, 2018: So many of nature's beautiful creatures are becoming extinct. :). 1. In recent centuries, bird extinctions mainly happened to species that lived on small islands. When the bird was living in the wild, little research into its behaviour and ecology was performed. There is limited genetic diversity in the captive animals today. Regardless of the fact that species have gone extinct before and perhaps it's a natural process that occurs every so often I can't imagine the high number of every kind of living thing that has gone extinct in the last 100 years or so is natural and aren't in large part the result of what we are doing to our planet. Breeding facilities for the Spix's macaw are located in Brazil, Qatar, and Germany. Superb article, Linda. In the film, Blu is a male Spix's macaw who was captured in Brazil when young and is kept in Minnesota as a pet. He did mate with one female, but all of the eggs that were produced were sterile. I do hope they can make a come-back with or without human intervention. They were remarkable, I remember. The bird ended up in a refuge and breeding facility in Brazil, where he appeared to be happy. The easy thing to do would be walk away and let nature take its course, but every life, even that of a Spix's Macaw is worth saving. She is believed to have collided with a power line and to have died from electrocution. Presley didn't produce any offspring. Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 11, 2018: Hi Linda. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 11, 2018: I always get sad when I read about extinctions, as any compassionate person should, in my opinion. We can only hope the captive birds will survive once released into the wild. It's a dry area containing small, thorny trees and shrubs. They build their nests in tree cavities and may have been competitors with the macaw. Thanks for the visit. I hope scientists are able to stop the species from becoming extinct. Johann Baptist von Spix was a German naturalist who hunted and collected one of the birds in Brazil in 1819. His reproductive tissue has been preserved, however. The Spix macaw is yet another. Spix’s Macaw return from extinction – Official Page. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 14, 2018: Thanks, Flourish. Males and females are about the same size. What a beautiful bird, but how sad that they are struggling to avoid total extinction. He was accompanied by a female blue-winged macaw (Primolius maracana). Unlike the other birds, the Spix's macaw has a second chance because of the existence of captive animals. 31. Wild members of this species live in the Caatinga. 9. Like other macaws, a Spix's macaw has a long tail and feet that grip well. 4. Thanks for commenting. 14. This became more important in recent times. “It is certainly the case that the rate of extinctions on continents is higher than ever before. The movie portrayed the real-life struggles of the Spix’s macaw as it followed the journey of a male raised in captivity who traveled from Minnesota to Rio de Janiero to mate with the last female of the species. Producing enough birds to survive the dangers of life in the wild might be a challenge, however, especially when the current stresses exist. It's said that the plot of the film was specifically inspired by Presley and his experiences. The Spix's Macaw Re-Introduction Project is tasked with reintroducing the "extinct in the wild" Spix's Macaw, the rarest parrot in the world. This seems too soon to me. The macaw that you met sounds like an interesting bird! The macaws were found in a special region within the Caatinga habitat. 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