A SMALL BLUE MACAW CONSIDERED EXTINCT IN THE WILD
The smallest of the blue macaws, the Spix’s Macaw gained international attention in 2011 via the Hollywood animated movie “Rio”, with the supposed last two Spix’s Macaws in the lead roles. Unfortunately in real life, the species has been considered extinct in the wild since the year 2000. Today, only around 160 birds exist in captivity, making the Spix’s Macaw the rarest parrot in the world, with even the New Zealand Kākāpō now officially numbering more. Together with the Brazilian Government, ACTP actively engages in the breeding and conservation of this beautiful bird and we are working towards its reintroduction back into the wild.
EXTINCT IN THE WILD
In 1990, only one Spix’s Macaw could be found in the wild, living together with an Illiger’s Macaw Primolius maracana. Since the year 2000, the species has been considered extinct in the wild. In addition to illegal trafficking, the destruction of habitat due to human influences was the main reason for the extinction of the species. Today only around 160 Spix’s Macaws exist in captivity worldwide.