Have you ever heard about or watched the movie titled “Rio and Blu”? It is the movie about the Blue Macaw who believed that he had been the last one of the species. Well, unfortunately, his beliefs and nightmare became a reality.
In this animated movie, the Brazilian bird known as Spix’s Macaw is flying on a long distance from the state of Minnesota to the city of Rio de Janeiro, is the last still living male bird of this species, in order to meet the last still living female counterpart, named Jewel. These parrots fell in love, then they had one baby, and with that, they succeeded in saving their species.
But in reality, this never happened. About seven years before, these parrots have been declared an endangered species, and in a 2018 study, they have officially been declared as extinct species in the wildlife.
One study which was conducted by BirdLife International discovered that there is a possibility that it is no longer going to be seen, but only in the wildlife, because it still exists and that is in captivity. However, the number in captivity is also a small one. The extinction of this species appeared because of deforestation rise and constant habitat loss. These birds are not adaptive very much, and they usually live near dominant predators and species.
Official proof of their existence right now does still not exist.
Throughout the 1980s, a person named Tony Juniper has penned one book which was titled “Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird,” with the purpose to make people aware of things happening with this species. But, people were not really interested in stopping.
Furthermore, in recent times, a statistical analysis made by BirdLife Internation has declared another seven species of birds being extinct, five of them belonging to the region of South America, being victims of massive human interference, and deforestation. Three bird species, the cryptic tree-hunter and the Alagoas foliage gleaner from Brazil and Poo-Uli from Hawaii are gone forever now.
As Stuart Butchart said, the one who is the lead author of the paper and the chief scientist, about 90% of bird species extinctions in the last centuries was of those on the islands. But, he mentioned that their results also confirm that the number of extinctions across continents is growing, and some of the main reasons for this are degradation from unsustainable agriculture, together with logging, and habitat loss too.
Well, we can say that extinctions occur because of human interference.
What needs to happen, so people will finally understand they have to respect habitats, lives, and the privacy of animals in general?