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This is the Spix's Macaw, a type of parrot, and is one of the most critically endangered birds in the world. It is named after a German naturalist who discovered it in South America. Apart from the usual reasons of hunting and loss of natural habitat, the bird is also said to have been endangered by the presence of the Africanized bee in the area.

Why has this bird come into attention once again in recent times?

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