Blue macaws threatened with extinction returned to Brazil sooner than expected

The birds had made their debut in Jurong Bird Park in 2017 under a 10-year loan. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - Six rare blue birds from Brazil, which have been in Singapore since 2017 as part of a conservation programme, have been flown home earlier than expected, The Straits Times has learnt.

The two Spix's macaws and four Lear's macaws - both members of the blue macaw family - were returned to Brazil in July, said Dr Sonja Luz, vice-president of conservation, research and veterinary services at Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) in response to queries.

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