bird parrot wildlife

S is for Spix’s Macaw 🐦

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. 

U is for the Uvea Parakeet 🐤

Their favorite things to eat are figs!

Native 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.