The movie Rio was inspired by the Spix’s macaw’s story! These
macaws are one of the rarest birds in the world — the last official
sighting was in 2000. Native to northeastern Brazil, these parrots are
believed to be extinct in the wild, mainly due to deforestation. There
are 90 of them surviving in captivity worldwide. Conservation efforts
are focused on reintroduction to the wild.
to the island of New Caledonia, these parrots have become endangered
due to habitat loss and illegal pet trade. Another threat are bees,
which are an invasive species to the island. Fortunately, local
communities and organizations have worked together to create new nesting
sites and preventing illegal trade.