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Lonely wild parrot flies to the zoo every morning to find friends

Juliette is known to be the only wild yellow-green macaw left in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It seems he was too alone to find his own parakeet’s captive area. Juliette has a very pleasant personality. He just sits there and enjoys having everyone around. He also often acts like he’s flirting with parrot friends.

According to Neiva Guedes, president of the Hyacinth Macaw Environmental Institute, macaws like Juliet can live around 35 years. But Juliette still has to mate, build a nest and have children, “the parrot” is still in the state of “encounter”.

Guedes, who coordinates an urban macaw study project, said: “Macedews are very social birds, so they don’t like living alone, regardless of living conditions in the wild or not. in captivity. They need a mate. Maybe Juliet felt so lonely that she went to the zoo to socialize and interact. “

With the exception of Juliet, the last time blue and yellow macaws were seen flying freely in Rio was in 1818. The love birds that appeared in the 2011 movie “Rio” are the Spix macaws, they are native to another region of Brazil and can be extinct in the wild.

In fact, brightly colored parrots like Juliet are a lucrative target for poachers and animal traders. It is suspected that Juliette is a lucky “victim” who escaped from captivity.

BioParque biologists don’t know if Juliet is in fact female. Because it is almost impossible for humans to determine the sex of an macaw with the naked eye. If we want precise results, we will have to test the gene on the feathers or the blood, or test the gonads of the parrot.

Biologist Angelita Capobianco has said Juliette will not be studied for scientific purposes or imprisoned. Juliette is very healthy, doesn’t behave in a destructive way, she just stands at the fence to meet friends.

BioParque biologists plan to recreate the ecosystem and breed the yellow-green macaw. They will release chicks and pairs in the Tijuca National Forest (in Rio) to train them for life in the wild. Tijuca Forest is also where Juliet the Parrot is seen and sleeps every night.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, their plans have been postponed. University biologist and Refauna technical coordinator Rheingantz said they plan to release the macaws in the Tijuca National Forest in late 2022.

Thus, after two decades of living alone, the Juliet parrot will have the opportunity to fly with friends. He can teach you how to live in the woods, or even find your own love.

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