Venezuela’s Vanishing Red Bird Gets A Coffee Pick-Me-Up

From abcnews.go.com

Images of a tiny red bird that barely fills the palm of one’s hand appear everywhere in Venezuela — printed on money, labels of craft beer bottles and the cover of children’s school books.

But the finch-like red siskin is vanishing from the wild at an alarming rate, falling prey to a century of shrinking forests and poachers cashing in on their brilliant red feathers, prized around the world by breeders of exotic birds.

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