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I can't see the link but I think you might have misread it, from what I've read elsewhere? They mentioned he might have been one of the last wild born, since he's been captive since the 70s, but he doesn't really count as wild at all. And there hasn't been a wild Spix seen in over a decade. It really is sad though, having found him (randomly in like Colorado right?), he was one of the most genetically diverse Spix in the hundred or so captive ones that remain. He could have been such a benefit to the species as a whole :/
On the other hand, I had no clue this particular bird was such an inspiration for Rio! One of the last of the species, randomly found in private hands in some random state, couldn't fly, etc. Just crazy. I hope the species gets more attention, it would awful to see such beautiful birds go extinct when we could have prevented it.
lindsay, owned by three conures
six tiels, two dogs & two tortoises