The tiny Hawaiian Honeycreeper, the Brazilian Pygmy owl, and the iconic blue parrot are among the eight species of birds that are now confirmed to be extinct in the wild. According to the researchers at Birdlife International, the best statistical techniques helped analyze the available information for a dozen bird species that have been stated as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The research has been recently published in the journal named Biological Conservation.
The team concluded by saying that at least four of these species are confirmed to be extinct in the wild, and they include the Spix’s Macaw, a Brazilian parrot with bright blue plumage made famous by the famous film named Rio, the cryptic tree hunter, Alagoas Foliage-gleaner, Po’ouli, also known as the black-faced honeycreeper. The four other species- the Javan Lapwing, New Caledonian lorikeet, Pernambuco pygmy owl, and the glaucous macaw- should be considered extinct, as stated by reports.
Stuart Butchart, who is the chief scientist of the group, said this week that this team had exercised extreme caution before deciding to recommend these reclassifications. The designation for the possibly extinct was given to these animals which mean that these species were determined to have almost certainly vanished in the forests.
These birds are among the few names that have been listed as the extinct avian species this decade, as stated by the reports. The Spix’s macaw is among the few dozen birds that still exist in the captivity areas, and there are being efforts made underway to reintroduce them to the Brazilian forests. It is unclear, however, whether these highly positive efforts will ever become fruitful in the future. The birdlife researchers identified an alarming characteristic of the newly confirmed extinct bird species. The bird extinctions have been possibly encountered in the small islands because of hunting and invasive species.