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Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird Paperback – 5 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (5 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841156515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841156514
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘This book is not primarily about biology, but about human egos and greed, and it is difficult to read it without wanting to weep…In this wise, angry and important book, Tony Juniper demonstrates that disagreement over the proper tactics for rescuing species near extinction is one of the prime forces that can drive them over the brink.’ William Ashworth, TLS

‘A heartbreaking but encouraging book; as we were the agents of its downfall, so must we be of its salvation.’ Richard Ellis, The Times

‘Gripping and beautifully told.’ Country Life

‘This is a triumph of passionate writing, a work of courage and importance. Read it and you will weep for the world, but read it you must.’ Roger Deakin, BBC Wildlife Magazine

‘Tony Juniper is a gifted storyteller…a joyful celebration of the natural world.’ Guardian

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"Not only were we in the presence of the last Spix's Macaw at Curaca – it was the last wild Spix's Macaw anywhere…Unlike all other mortal creatures that must one day face the inevitable reality of their own demise, the death of this bird would mark the end not only of himself but his entire kind."

In December 1897 the Honourable and Reverend F.G. Dutton lamented that 'there are so many calls on a parson's purse, that he cannot always treat himself to expensive parrots'. He was hoping to purchase a Spix's Macaw, a rare and beautiful parrot found in a remote area of Brazil. Today, the parson's search for a Spix would be in vain. By the turn of the millenium, only one survivor existed in the wild.

'Spix's Macaw' tells the heartbreaking story of a unique band of brilliant blue birds – who talk, fall in love, and grieve – struggling against the forces of extinction. Discovered in the early nineteenth century, the Spix soon became the most expensive bird in the world. By the end of the twentieth century the birds became gram-for-gram more valuable than heroin; so treasured that they drew up to $40,000 on the black market. When, in 1990, only one was found to be living in the wild, an amnesty was declared allowing private collectors to come forward with their illegal birds. The last Spix would be paired with a captive bird, in the hope that the secrets of survival in the wild would be passed down to future generations.

In a breathtaking display of stoicism and endurance, the loneliest bird in the world had lived without a mate for fourteen years, had outwitted predators and second-guessed the poachers. But would he take to a new companion? Spix's Macaws are like humans – they can't be forced to love. With exquisite detail, this book tells the dramatic story of the international rescue operation, and of the humans whose selfishness and greed brought a beautiful species to the brink of extinction. The long, lonely flight of the last Spix's Macaw is both a love story and an environmental parable for our times.

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