According to the World Wildlife Federation, the green-cheeked parrot. These mimic-birds were common as pets in the United States for many years in the 1960s and 1970s, however, extensive hunting for the pet trade drastically reduced their population. Found only in parts of Mexico, there are currently fewer than 2,000 left in the wild.
There are currently less than 125 Tuamotu kingfishers in the wild, all of which live on one small island in the Pacific ocean. The Tuamoto kingfisher has very specific habitat needs – perches five feet from the ground in certain tress, exposed ground to hunt lizards and dead trees for nesting – all of which need to be met to ensure survival. Additionally, introduced predators like cats and rats further contribute to the declining population. Ornithologists studying the birds estimate that without appropriate intervention, the species will become extinct in our lifetime.
A Tuamoto kingfisher:
There are several birds that no longer exist in the wild. They only exist in captivity at this point. These include Spix’s Macaw, the Hawaiian Crow, and the Magpie Robin. There are 56 Hawaiian Crows at the San Diego Zoo, which is the only place they live now.
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