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Dozens of last blue macaws to be reintroduced to Brazil
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brasília (AFP) - About 50 of the last Spix's macaws, the blue parrot made famous in the hit animation movie "Rio," will be reintroduced to the wild in Brazil from captivity in Europe, officials said Saturday. Brazilian Environment Minister Edson Duarte is due in Brussels on Sunday to sign the agreement with Belgium and Germany for bringing the birds back in the first quarter of next year, the ministry said in a statement. The Spix's macaw originates from north-east Brazil but is considered extinct in the wild, with only scores remaining in captivity. read more


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