Blue Macaw Parrot From The Movie ‘Rio’ Is Now Officially Extinct

Thanks to our lifestyles and the little care that we give to the environment, every year more and more species go extinct. This sadly is also the case of the Blue Macaw parrot, the one that was portrayed in the famous cartoon named Rio.
In the animated pictures, Rio flies from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro, thinking he is the last one of the species left but then he meets the female, Jewel. Unfortunately, real life is not like the movies, where the too managed to save the species.

It was only seven years ago that the Blue Macaw was listed on the endangered species list and this year, in January it was declared extinct. According to BirdLife International, the parrot species cannot be observed in nature for a long time and it lives in captivity, but only a few examples remained. There is also no breeding program focusing on them and their extinction was caused by mass deforestation and severe loss of territory.
Researchers started raising awareness on the issues facing the Blue Macaw species since the 1980s but sadly seems that no one took these warnings seriously.
In January, BirdLife International listed another 7 bird species as extinct, from which 5 were South American species, where mass-deforestations are an ongoing threat. Until people don’t realize the threat that they present to nature and the different species inhabiting it, news like this is going to continue making headlines.

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