From choosing the right variety to pet to what diet, habitat, size, speaking, and how to take care of these parrots. 24. They measure 55cm (21.7in) and have a wingspan of 64cm (25in). Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on September 12, 2018: This bird is very beautiful to look at. There is a grey or white patch of skin in front of and around each eye. The bird was already rare at the time of its discovery in 1819, because of 100 years of cutting, grazing, and burning of caatinga trees. They may eat tree bark to obtain minerals. It's sometimes known as the little blue macaw. He apparently showed a love of rock music and was named after Elvis Presley. For one thing, it is smaller than its blue macaw counterparts. The creation of a hydroelectric dam may have had an influence on the population, and perhaps a major one, but its effects are uncertain. The macaw that you met sounds like an interesting bird! Its common name begins with a capital letter because it’s derived from the name of a person. 34. The video is very brief and the bird is flying quite far away from the camera, but luckily he or she emits a call. It is a member of tribe Arini in the subfamily Arinae (Neotropical parrots), part of the family Psittacidae (the true parrots). Are there currently plans to reintroduce this bird back into its natural habitat or will that just depend on whether they can manage to get enough of the ones in captivity to breed? In real life, many places in the world have strict regulations about obtaining a Spix's macaw and keeping it in captivity. He would dance and say funny things like, “Water, water, get me some water.”. One source that I read said that there were plans to release some of the captive macaws when 150 birds exist. 22. 36. At night they roost in a “Tabebuia caraiba” tree. However, habitat loss, predation, and poaching drove it to extinction in the wild. 35. One day he hears that a female Spix's macaw named Jewel lives in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. 25. Thank you, Manatita. 48. Presley was a captive Spix's macaw who spent the first part of his life in the wild. London: DK. It's good that the species still exists, but the situation is still worrying. The administrator of the refuge said that he was a congenial and vocal animal who made friends with parrots of other species. It is the only reintroduction of a Birdlife International Red Listed bird considered extinct in the wild. I agree with your statement. A single. Extinction does happen, but in this case it would be nice to avoid or delay it. The woman avoided prosecution in return for giving up Presley so that he could be returned to Brazil. Unfortunately, the birds in the facilities are descended from a small group of captive macaws that consisted of only a few male-female pairs. 2. Pünktlich zum diesjährigen World Wildlife Day, treffen heute 52 in Berlin gezüchtete Spix-Ara-Papageien, 49 aus der ACTP-Zentrale in Berlin, 3 von Pairi Daiza in Belgien, in Brasilien ein – dort Read more >> Aktuelle Studie zeigt, dass das Schutzprogramm für die Blaumaskenamazone auf dem richtigen Weg ist . Animal. It will help you in raising one as a pet. While the female is nesting the male will visit her often to provide food. Once they have established a nest site they will reuse it each year. 14. It's a sad situation. These lively birds have striking deep blue tails and wings, as well as the variety of blue shades that cover the rest of … They lived in the drainage basin of the river named Rio São Francisco. Thanks for sharing another wonderful creature with us before they become just a memory! Fledging takes place at 2 months when the young can leave the nest. Why are … This is the point at which the Spix's macaw was thought to have become extinct in the wild. 17. [online] Oiseaux-birds.com. I had no idea that it was based upon this bird species that may soon be extinct. I hope scientists are able to stop the species from becoming extinct. A single bird was spotted in the wild in 2016 but it is suspected that this was an escape from the captive population as opposed to evidence of a wild population. This pairing did produce a single hybrid which died early on in their life. The area where the birds once lived contains a habitat known as the Caatinga, which is represented by the brown patch in the map below. Already at that time, this small blue macaw was considered particularly rare and prior to the disappearance of the last wild bird in the year 2000, only a few people were ever able to … 33. Fun Facts about Macaws 6: the status. 10. Spix’s Macaw – eine ausgestorbene Spezies kehrt zurück . Though I wanted to present both points of view in the article, I think that the bird should be saved. Once the centre is ready for use, birds from Germany will be transferred to the facility in preparation for release into the wild. The greatest problems threatening the macaw population are the rapid rate of … 29. manatita44 from london on September 12, 2018: Yes, it would be harsh if this Spix's macaw disappears or become extinct. His reproductive tissue has been preserved, however. (Bahia is a Brazilian state and is the red area in the map below.) The release is planned for 2021. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 14, 2018: Thanks, Flourish. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2018: I hope that they won't be allowed to go extinct. It is a member of the Tribe Orrini of the subfamily Arini (Neotropical Parrot), part of the family of paternal ancestors (true parrots). B This article has been rated as B-Class on the project's quality scale. Lively, gregarious, and fiercely loyal to their mates, Spix’s macaw once occupied the desert woodlands of Brazil. The head of the bird is grey or blue-grey in colour. I bought the video for my niece and nephews but have yet to watch it myself. After Blu and Jewel have many adventures and Blu discovers that he can fly, the story has a happy ending and three young macaws are produced. I hope the birds are eventually released into the wild and survive there. Its common name begins with a capital letter because it’s derived from the name of a person. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 30, 2020: Hi, Peggy. I hope this doesn't happen to the macaw. Informative and researched in detail. Scientific Classification Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Psittaciformes Superfamily Psittacoidea Family Psittacidae … 40. Captive birds sometimes lay four or five eggs. 109 people follow this. 16. 1. Benannt wurde er nach seinem Entdecker Johann Baptist von Spix. It is truly an extraordinary project. Digislides / Flickr / CC BY 2.0. I briefly worked at a tanning salon in high school. After hatching the chicks will have a much smaller crop than other macaws. I can understand why people find them attractive as pets, though. 109 people like this. It was named after the German zoologist and explorer Johann Baptist von Spix (1781-1826). Here is every fact you need to know about macaw parrots. In 1985, the first observations in a series signalling the end of the bird's life in the wild were made. Bede from Minnesota on September 11, 2018: Hi Linda, congratulations on your 500th article! The owner had a pet macaw that was very playful. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22685533A153022606. The announcement of the Spix's macaw extinction in the wild was made along with an announcement about the disappearance of seven other bird species. Thanks for the visit, Denise. When he was examined and his species confirmed, authorities were contacted. Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 11, 2018: Hi Linda. 31. 2. Yes, I think we'll see many more extinctions announced in our lifetime, too. While the male and female are the same in color, they do differ in weight, with the average male being about 318 grams or 11.2 oz. The bird is smaller than most of the more vividly coloured and well known macaws and has a more delicate appearance. Regardless of the fact that species have gone extinct before and perhaps it's a natural process that occurs every so often I can't imagine the high number of every kind of living thing that has gone extinct in the last 100 years or so is natural and aren't in large part the result of what we are doing to our planet. Their eye is coloured pale yellow. The birds' habitat consisted of woodland containing a large population of caraiba trees and shrubs belonging to the spurge family (the Euphorbiaceae). 9. Both protagonist birds in the movie (Blu and Jewel) are Spix's Macaws. In 2016, the bird in the video below was filmed. After all, look what we've done to each other. Spix's Macaw Information. Spix’s macaw, also known as little blue macaw, is a medium-sized parrot having its roots in Northeast Brazil. In the film, Blu is a male Spix's macaw who was captured in Brazil when young and is kept in Minnesota as a pet. Their face has silvery grey feathers and a long curved black beak. It's placed in the order Psittaciformes (parrots), the family … Around the eye is a ring of dark grey skin. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019. The forest may form in the moist area beside a river when the surrounding area is dry, for example. He and Linda, his human caretaker, go to Brazil to find Jewel in the hope of saving his species. On March 3rd, 2020, 52 captive Spix’s macaws (or 50 according to some reports) arrived at the Brazilian refuge. For one thing, it is smaller than its blue macaw counterparts. The spix macaw was also known as the little blue macaw. For another, its facial attributes are quite different. References & Recommended Readings. He was accompanied by a female blue-winged macaw (Primolius maracana). She is believed to have collided with a power line and to have died from electrocution. Juveniles have a white or pink line along the outer edge of their beak, as shown in the photo at the top of this article. They make incredibly wonderful fluffy companions. Once again, the bird is thought to have escaped from captivity. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22685533A153022606. They build their nests in tree cavities and may have been competitors with the macaw. I think macaws are lovely birds. In 1995, a captive female Spix's macaw was released at the site and appeared to pair with the male. The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) seems to be playing an important role in the attempt to save the bird. For another, its facial attributes are quite different. The Spix's macaw is named after German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix. Some species of macaw like the Spix’s macaw and the blue macaw have recently been declared extinct. and th… Spixs Macaw Fun Fact: Kann menschliche Stimmen imitieren! Carlos Saldahna's two Rio movies are loosely based on the story of the Spix's Macaw. I hope the birds are able to survive in the wild when they are released and that the species recovers. In fact, the blue and gold macaw is one of the most popular pet birds in America. 28. By the time scientists became interested in the macaws, their numbers were already very low. I am of the opinion that we have probably caused some of this by altering their habitat and we should do what is necessary to try and save the species. Pollution, deforestation, hunting, expansion, harm to the environment among other things must have led to extinction of countless living things, plants and animals alike. I'm afraid we will see many more extinctions in our lifetime, and now I'm seriously sad. Sexual maturity is achieved at 7 years old. During 2000 a captive female was released in an effort to form a wild pair but unfortunately this bird died of electrocution on a power line. Thank you as always for the education. But a new study shows the Brazilian bird is now extinct in the wild. Please do not substitute this template. I do want to see the bird back in the wild as soon as possible, but there are potential dangers for the species at the moment. A long tail extends from the body and is pointed at the end; it is coloured dark blue on top and the underside is grey. It was Grandpa Pinpin’s dream: to see his favourite bird, Spix’s Macaw, fly again over the skies of Curaçá, a small town of about 30,000 in the dry Caatinga area of Bahia, Brazil, where goat herding is the main activity. Herden; Fun Fact Kann menschliche Stimmen imitieren! Before his death, the administrator hoped to use his sperm to fertilize females via artificial insemination. They are now bred exclusively in … Geschätzte Bevölkerungsgröße Mindestens 160 Größte Bedrohung Verlust des Lebensraums Das markanteste Merkmal Luxuriöses blaues Gefieder Inkubationszeitraum 26 Tage Lebensraum Wüstenwälder Raubtiere Ratten, wilde Katzen, Mungos und … The Spix's macaw is named after German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix. Although for a long time, the spix macaw was confused with other blue macaws, it is in fact quite different. A sighting of a different Spix's macaw flying in the wild in 2000 caused much excitement, but the animal is now believed to have escaped from captivity. In captivity, they are best kept in a large aviary with a long flight path and lots of perches. In the 2011 animated movie Rio, the lead characters of Blu and Jewel were Spix's macaws. What a beautiful bird, but how sad that they are struggling to avoid total extinction. Fear of reprisal. In… A deal was arranged. Now this comes as a surprise to most who have fallowed Spix’s history. Spix's macaws were once found in the state of Bahia in Brazil. BirdLife International is a major conservation organization. The word Rio in the title represents Rio de Janeiro. The macaw was named after German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix, who collected the specimen in 1819 in Northeast Bahia, … Hi, Eman. The nests were created in cavities found in caraiba trees and perhaps in other places as well. The male character was likely based on a real bird named Presley, who lived in Colorado for years and later repatriated to Brazil. Macaws also have gripping toes that they use to latch onto branches and to grab, hold, and examine items. — Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots. Spix's Macaw Association. The researchers want to prepare for the 2021 release of the Spix's macaws so that the process goes as well as possible. I do hope they can make a come-back with or without human intervention. According to BirdLife International, the gallery woodland where it lived has been lost and degraded due to colonization and exploitation for more than three centuries. 11. Its plumage is mostly in blue. Hopefully, the bird will soon fly through its natural woodland habitat in Brazil again. Spooner, M. 2004. Oddly in captive collections this courtship is not observed. She had cages constructed that were 7 feet tall and 20 feet long by 6 feet wide. Almost all macaw species are either threatened, critically endangered or extinct Scientists have identified a total of 22 species of macaws. Image by the ACTP. Presley was caught in Brazil and illegally brought into the United States. At one point a single bird could be worth as much as $200,000. Spooner, M. 2004. Juvenile Spix’s macaws typically are dark … 46. They feed on a range of seeds, fruits, flowers, leaves and other plant material. The researchers are also preparing the public in the release area. As you say, we don't treat living things or the environment very well. This seems too soon to me. Johann Baptist von Spix was a German naturalist who hunted and collected one of the birds in Brazil in 1819. Spix's Macaw Information Around 1819, Dr. Johan Baptist Ritter von Spix shot a juvenile long-tailed blue parrot on the banks of the São Francisco River, near what nowadays is the city of Joazeiro, in the dry north-east of Brazil.This is the only wild-collected museum specimen of this species - all others were derived from captive birds. She only had the brightly colored ones with the blue, green and red. Accessed June 10, 2020 at, http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/article-spix-macaw.html, https://www.parrots.org/encyclopedia/spixs-macaw/, https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Cyanopsitta_spixii/. Both sexes have similar colouration. It is very well written and very captivating. in length, with a tail length of 26-38 cm or 10-15 in. 38. Experts have confirmed that the animal is a Spix's macaw based on its body shape and its sound. It sounds like Presley was an interesting bird. The Spix’s macaw is also known as the little blue macaw because it is smaller and more vividly colored compared to other species. The Spix's macaw made its famous onscreen debut as a charming parrot named Blu in Disney's animated film "Rio." or 9.7 to 11.18 in. But a new study shows the Brazilian bird is now extinct in the wild. We can only hope the captive birds will survive once released into the wild. Unfortunately, in 1987 and 1988 the birds were captured, perhaps for the pet trade. Thanks for a thorough look at these birds. Hi, Ethel. A female and male macaw which escaped from captivity and apparently vanished in the year 2000, inspired the animated movie Rio. It’s been 15 years since anyone have reported a siting of this explicitly rare parrot the little blue from the Macaw family. They were remarkable, I remember. The bees were a hybrid of the African honey bee and European species. A 47,000-hectare wildlife refuge for the birds has been created in the state of Bahia in Brazil. Producing enough birds to survive the dangers of life in the wild might be a challenge, however, especially when the current stresses exist. Size: Body length: 55-60 cm (22 - 24 inches)Tail Length: 26-38 cm (10 - 15 inches)Wing length: 25-30 cm (10 - 12 inches)Average Wingspan : 1.20 m (3.94 ft); Weight: Like other macaws, a Spix's macaw has a long tail and feet that grip well. Unlike the other birds, the Spix's macaw has a second chance because of the existence of captive animals. 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