By Richard Mann

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the week commemorating World Environment Day, fifty Spix’s macaws -- a species extinct in nature -- were granted a permit to "come home". Originally from the Brazilian scrub forest -- the caatinga -- the birds are in legal captivity in Germany.

On Friday, June 7th, the Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity (ICMBio) and the German NGO Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP), signed an agreement to return the birds to Brazil in November.

"Spix’s macaws are hard to reproduce. This will be the first time that wild birds will be reintroduced into . . .

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