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Safe haven for rare Blue Throated Macaw doubles in size

blue throated macawA critically endangered blue-throated macaw

(Photo: Steve Wilson/Flickr)

The blue-throated macaw is one of the most endangered birds on Earth, down to an estimated 120 survivors in the wild. Any new refuge for such a rare bird is a welcome surprise, but this brightly colored Bolivian parrot just hit the conservation jackpot.
Bolivia’s Barba Azul Nature Reserve — home to the world’s largest remaining population of blue-throated macaws — has suddenly doubled in size, growing from 12,350 acres to 27,180 in one fell swoop. The expansion comes courtesy of several conservation groups, led by Bolivia’s Asociación Armonía, and marks a major victory for the embattled birds.
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