There are many questions surrounding the Kevinus Snipinus species, regarding things such as their location, breeding information, as well as facts about the animal itself. The bird originally featured in the Disney movie “UP,” was first discovered in 1807 somewhere in South America (Gregori, 1997). Many explorers have been secretly searching for these animals with several failed attempts.

Recently, my partner and I conducted research off the coast of Argentina in search of an extremely rare, and surprisingly sweet, cocoa bean only found near the equator in dense tropical areas (Wagner, 2014). Upon arrival, we discovered a plot of 3 eggs. Naturally, we were curious to see what was inside the shell of the eggs. As we set up our camp on the island, the eggs began to hatch, we initially thought we had found the only existing birds. The parents were nowhere to be found for these lone eggs, so we started our search for the mother and father of this seemingly abandoned bird.

As we looked deeper into the island for more specimens of the Snipinus, we found that not only was the island very dense with cocoa beans, but that the population of these rare birds had grown to just under 1000 individuals, and had been surviving off of the cocoa beans alone on the island. Other scientists studying these birds, along with my partner and I, had previously found that the Snipinus was an endangered species, and later came to assume that because there had not been a sighting of more than one bird in the last fifty years, that they had gone extinct (Lovell, 1987). That was not the case.

With extensive research we have found that the Snipinus, as a whole, have increased their population numbers by 500% in just the last 10 years (Rahill, 2014). With 24 hour surveillance, we found that these animals are far from dangerous, but rather extremely curious, which proved another theory that scientist had made public wrong. Based off of their diet solely of cocoa beans and sweet tropical flowers that grow off the island, we have discovered that the birds prefer to eat sweeter tasting foods and based off of their findings in my backpack, we have found that the Snipinus love chocolate.

Gregori, F. (1997). Tropical birds: a study in the wild. New York: Zebra Publishing.

Wagner, M. (2014). Cocoa plants and their effect on avians in tropical climates. New York: Granola Publishing

Lovell, E. (1987). The decline of kevinus snipinus. London: Jolly Old Publishing

Rahill, K. (2014). Kevinus snipinus growth in the last century. New York: Kelly Group Publishing