As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 12 November 2017

Jurong Bird Park to become proud hosts of rarest blue macaws

November 4, 2017 18:44 SGT
Singapore's Jurong Bird Park is now becoming the home of two of the world's rarest macaw species. The new arrivals -- the Spix's Macaw and the Lear's Macaw, will join the flight of Hyacinth Macaws in the zoological park.

The bird sanctuary in Singapore is going to be the world's only zoological park that can boast of being a home for all three species of blue macaw. The other blue macaw species, the Glaucous Macaw, was last seen in the 1960s and is believed to be extinct.

The conservation state of the other blue macaws is also dire, as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categorises all three bird species as worthy of conservation. The Hyacinth Macaw currently falls under theVulnerable category. The Spix's Macaw, which was last spotted in the wild in 2005, is listed as Critically Endangered, with about 150 still surviving globally.  The Lear's Macaw is also an Endangered species which has about 1,300 individuals in the wild.

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