The Lear Macaw on the Brink of Extinction

The Guardian reports about a protest at Downing Street to introduce legislation banning wild bird imports:

One of those on the brink of extinction is the Lear’s macaw, a long-tailed blue parrot named after Edward Lear, the author of nonsense verse whose painting of a captive specimen led to the first description of the species. The only known wild population of the bird was discovered in 1967 on the Raso de Catarina plateau in north-eastern Brazil. As few as 250 birds are thought to exist in the wild.

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