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One Of The World’s Last Hyacinth Macaws Searches For Romance

One Of The World’s Last Hyacinth Macaws Searches For Romance

Lots of guys have a hard time finding a date, but few feel the pressure of Coco the Macaw.

A two-time resident of Paraguay’s Asunción Zoo (he was stolen once, then returned), Coco is one of the few remaining male Hyacinth macaws in the world. The endangered species has declined dramatically over the past 30 years due to their high value as pets and habitat descruction.

According to Scientific American, tens of thousands of the South American birds have been taken illegally from the wild, and their habitat has also been lost to cattle ranches and hydroelectric power.

“Reproduction in captivity is very complicated,” said Veterinarian Alex Lucas Spadetti. ”There are some factors that make it difficult, especially stress and the individual behavior of each animal, because in the wild they are extremely monogamous – they find a partner and continue as a couple for the rest of their lives. We have to be lucky enough to find animals that adapt here and that want to be with each other as a couple.”

If Coco can find a love connection in the near future, it could mean Hyacinth macaws will remain on Earth a little while longer. But breeding in captivity is incredibly difficult, and even if the right lady macaw is found, getting them to produce offspring will be an even bigger challenge.

Watch NTD Television’s report about Coco here!

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2:26PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:19AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Ahhhh love is so beautiful, hope this beautyfull bird will find the right lady macaw

9:03AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

THIS BIRD IS A BEAUTY.

3:48AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Thanks for the story! What a beautiful bird.

9:24PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

What a pretty bird. Come on, Coco! I'm rootin' for you!

8:32AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

DAMN human greed and encroachment!!!

4:33AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

To Kashmir C, you might want to read up about the Hyacinth McCaw. There are less than 5,000 left in the wild. That is a very small number for a species of any kind. http://hyacinthmacaw.org/hyacinthmacaw.htm

2:02PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Very interesting comments.

5:36AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

For lack of a better word at this moment, I think it is so 'cute' when I hear that a creature from the animal kingdom mates for life. Sometimes we can really underestimate the social structures of the birds and animals of our world. I have cats in my life since I was a kid, and I am still learning new things about how they think and behave. Birds, especially exotic birds, are complicated. Whoever coined the term 'birdbrain' didn't know diddly about birds!

4:00AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

It is sad to see all these people believing in this misinformation. Shame on Care2 for allowing it. It is not as if this is a subject is difficult to research. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species could have been checked on line. The reporter could have contacted the World Parrot Trust, Parrots International, American Federation of Aviculture or any university with an avian veterinary program. Just by going on YouTube anyone can see video of many Hyacinths both in the wild and in captivity. This casts doubt on the accuracy of any information from Care2.

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