Biologists bid goodbye to 9 species of birds in a new assessment of extinctions this decade

Biologists bid goodbye in 2018 to 8 species of birds in a new assessment of extinctions this decade. The parrot that inspired 2011 blockbuster film Rio among bird species that have disappeared.

Birders who want to see a Spix’s macaw in the wild are going to have to go looking for images on the web. 

One of the little blue parrots inspired the 2011 hit animated kids’ movie Rio. Now they’re on a list of eight bird species that scientists say have disappeared in the past decade. 
The list, published by Stuart Butchart and his colleagues at BirdLife international, recommends the Spix’s macaw and three other birds be listed as extinct — the cryptic treehunter, the Alagoas foliage-gleaner and the po’ouli.They recommend four other species — the glaucous macaw, the Pernambuco pygmy owl, the Javan lapwing and the New Caledonian lorikeet — be listed as “possibly extinct.”

A rare white kiwi bird will be an inspiration for children’s books and toys

A rare white kiwi bird hatched in 2011. Although it belongs to the species of northern brown kiwi, this bird was born with white feathers. This bird should also be added to the list published by Stuart Butchart and his colleagues at BirdLife international.Manukura died peacefully on Sunday early December 2020. This kiwi bird will be an inspiration for children’s books and toys in the future.Soft toys made in the image of Manukura have been sold all over the world.

“It is with great regret that we announce the loss of our dear friend Manukura,” it was published on the Facebook page dedicated to the bird.

The bird died peacefully on Sunday in the presence of guards and veterinary staff, they added.

“We’re going to miss him a lot.” Manukura was the first of three white kiwis that hatched in the same center in 2011 and 2012. It was first declared a male, only to later determine that it was a female – which made it more unique.Security guards and fans paid tribute to her on social media.

The dead bird was inspired by New Zealand children’s book author Joey Cauli. Cauli wrote the book Manukura: White Kiwi, after visiting a bird.

“I enjoyed establishing a connection between Manukura’s ‘uniqueness’ and the uniqueness of each child,” Cauli told the New Zealand newspaper Herald.

According to the study, there were three remaining wild Spix’s macaws in the north of Bahia state, in eastern Brazil, in the last 80s. They were captured and sold, however.

A last wild male was found in 1990 in the area where the previous three lived. It survived another 10 years.

“There have (been) no subsequent records of wild birds, despite searches and fieldworker presence in the area,” the study’s authors write. “Loss of gallery woodland and trapping for the cagebird trade likely drove declines.”

The study also identified three species it will recommend be re-classified as extinct and another four that should be reclassified as possibly extinct.

That includes another blue parrot, Glaucous macaw.

BirdLife notes that it is not the case that there are no Spix’s macaws at all left. According to the group there are, in fact, 60-80 still living in captivity.

It is possible to rehabilitate a population from this classification of near-extinction. The California condor technically became extinct in the wild in 1987 when the last six known living wild birds were captured and entered into a breeding program.

Today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are 276 alive in the wild.

“A program is underway to build up this population and hopefully release into the wild in due course,” BirdLife International’s chief scientist, Stuart Butchart, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Spix’s macaw has not yet been reclassified by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, largely considered the global authority on animal conservation status.

That organization still lists the bird as “Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct in the Wild).”

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I’ll miss you, Manukura. Rest well, now.

— ★Spyromancy★ BLACK LIVES MATTER (@spyromancy) December 28, 2020


    • Dear Regina,
      You are totally right. Very sad indeed. If this extinction will continue to happen- then humans will be next. But I am an optimist always. Biologists all over the world should be more persistent and always open about all issues. Acts lead to success. Wishing you all the best. And a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.


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