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Spix's Macaws Fly Wild for the First Time in More Than 20 Years

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A group of Spix’s macaws were released in Bahia state, Brazil, on June 11, returning to the wild after more than 20 years of extinction.

Footage from the Pairi Daiza Foundation shows the eight birds flying from a release center near Curaca.

The Spix’s macaw was last seen in the wild in Bahia state in 2000.

The eight birds released on June 11 were part of a group of 52 macaws from a breeding program in Berlin.

The breeding and release is a cooperation between the Pairi Daizi Foundation, the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots, and other partners. The aim is to continue to release birds in Bahia state until the population stabilises without human support. Credit: Pairi Daiza Foundation via Storyful

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