Spix’s Macaw – Extinct 2019 (We were warned!)
The Spix’s macaw also know as the little blue macaw is native to Brazil. The bird is a medium-size parrot weighing about 11 oz., smaller than most of the large macaws. Its plumage is various shades of blue, with a grey-blue head, light blue underparts, and vivid blue upperparts. Males and females are almost identical in appearance, however the females are slightly smaller in size on average. Currently there are no known survivors of the species outside of captivity.
In the 2011 movie, Rio, it tells the harrowing story of Blu, a domesticated male Spix’s macaw from Minnesota. Being the last of his exotic species he is taken to Rio de Janeiro to mate with a female Spix’s macaw, Jewel. The two meet, fall in love, and together they have to escape captivity and from being smuggled out of Brazil to be sold on the black market. Although Blu and Jewel find their way to freedom, other macaws have been less fortunate. Sadly, as of 2019 the Spix’s macaw is now considered extinct. Blu tried to warn us and tell the world that their loss of a natural habitat, domestication, and being subject to illegal trade would be their demise, but no one listened!