An extraordinary success in breeding of the Spix’s Macaw in ACTP

April 30th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
An extraordinary success in breeding of the Spix’s Macaw in ACTP
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On the 21st of March ACTP announced that the fourth chick of the Spix’s Macaw hatched in their facility in this year. If we consider that world population of this species counts about 100 individuals then it’s quite obvious that expansion of four new birds in three months is an extraordinary success.

ACTP posted on its official Facebook page also the new name for the last chick: „The new chick has been named Marcus, after Brazilian Vet Marcus Vinicius Romero, who recently spent 10 weeks with us at ACTP to expand his knowledge of the husbandry of the Spix’s. The three older babies are now fully feathered and well on the way to independence.“

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Spix’s Macaws bred by ACTP in 2015

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The assistant of the director of ACTP Katrin Scholtyssek gave us also a comment about the future of four babies: „They are all siblings and will stay in Berlin for now. The decision of their future has not been made yet. They do have the same parents as Carla and Tiago.”

Today, there are three places in the world where the Spix’s Macaw is regularly bred. The biggest captive population is found in Al Wabra, Qatar. We can find other breeding pairs also in ACTP in Berlin and in Brazil. All facilities cooperate on a conservation project which should lead to reintroduction of this recently extinct species to the wild as soon as the size of captive population will exceed 150 individuals.

Anyway, we keep fingers crossed and hopefully we will have a chance to see other good results in breeding of this species in close future!

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One Comment

  1. Leon Leach says:

    Great work, people, keep it up. There is another breeding facility on the Canary Islands that breed Spix and Lear Macaws

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