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.