A Blue Time for a Blue Bird

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A Blue Time for a Blue Bird

The Blue Macaw gracefully flying over its used to be home. Photo taken from Google Images

The Blue Macaw gracefully flying over its used to be home. Photo taken from Google Images

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The Blue Macaw gracefully flying over its used to be home. Photo taken from Google Images

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The Blue Macaw gracefully flying over its used to be home. Photo taken from Google Images

Isabella Tejeda and Kat Davis

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The Hyacinth Macaw, also known as the Blue Macaw, is a beautiful, yet incredibly endangered species.

Normally found in central and eastern South America, this bird, which inspired the creation of the movie Rio, has now gone extinct in the wild. According to BirdLife International, even though the Blue Macaw cannot be found in their natural habitat anymore, they are still alive and kicking in some breeding programs across the world, waiting to make their comeback.

Blue Macaws hanging out in their  what used to be their natural habitat. Photo by Vironevaeh

Many factors have contributed to the decrease and extinction of various animal species around the world. In the Blue Macaw’s case, deforestation, climate change, and the major expansion of urban areas were major factors leading to their extinction. Because of the loss of their habitat and the destruction of the trees they nest in, these beautiful creatures began to slowly die out.

Rosary’s AP Environmental Science teacher, Mr. Deleon expressed his concern for the bird and other extinct animals, “It is really sad to know that these birds and other animals that have gone extinct are dying due to deforestation and these other human causes. In my opinion, by focusing on our love for nature, animals, the planet, and simply by becoming more knowledgeable of our impact on the environment, we can help eliminate these mass extinctions of species around the world.”

Fun Facts about the Blue Macaw:

  • They are the largest parrot in the world.
  • They have a long and powerful beak which assists them in breaking seeds, nuts, shells, and other hardy foods found within their home.
  • Not only are the macaws highly intelligent, but they can also mimic human sounds while they are communicating.
  • A macaw will usually live for fifty to sixty years, which is the average lifespan for a bird the size of the Hyacinth Macaw.
  • Although the Blue Macaw already have two signature names, they can also be referred to as ‘the gentle giants.’
  • They are not only extremely affectionate, but are great and loyal companions.

The world will be waiting eagerly for their comeback.

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