If Rio 2 provided a macaw’s eye view of the world, this is the story of two extremely endangered real life Spix’s macaws — which are extinct in the wild — ready to make their way to their Brazilian habitat in the not too distant future, thanks to a conservation programme.
Carla and Tiago, two Spix’s macaws hatched at the breeding centre at Schöneiche, in Brandenburg, Germany, and named after the film’s heroes, have been flown to Sao Paulo from Berlin. They will be reared at a special facility till they are ready for release into a suitable area in northeast Brazil by 2021.
Happy news for Cape parrot fans is that “Red”, a wild-born female Cape parrot rehabilitated from a deadly viral infection and released back into the wild in 2011 has been seen on several occasions visiting a suburban birdbath, apparently healthy and living the life.
The female Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus) was one of four handed over to me in May 2011. All four were severely malnourished and suffering from the deadly Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD). My wife and I (plus a few willing helpers) nurtured the four parrots for six intense months before releasing them back into their native range in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.