Anodorhynchus Hyacinthinus or the Hyacinth Macaw, of the genus Psittacidae is the largest parrot in the world. They grow to about 40 inches in length and have a wingspan of almost 60 inches.
The Anodorhynchus Hyacinthinus can really move and have been tracked at 35 miles per hour. Native to Southern Brazil and Western Bolivia, they are found in tall trees and palms of swamps, forests, and near rivers and typically live 30-50 years
Hyacinth Macaws are the largest of the parrots and are covered with bright blue plumage from head to toe. They have bare yellow eye ring circles and black eyes. Their beak is primarily black with yellow stripes on the lower mandible.
Typical of the Parrot family, they have a hooked beak and zygodactylous feet, 2 toes that point forward and 2 toes that point backward.
They become sexually mature between two and four years and typically breed around seven years of age and will mate for life. During breeding season, which generally occurs once a year, the female lays one or two eggs which hatch approximately 29 days later. Chicks are independent around 6 months of age yet some remain with their parents for up to a year
In the wild, Hyacinth Macaws travel in small groups of pairs, generally one to eight pairs in a flock. It’s common for them to feast on hard nuts and seeds, fruits and other vegetable matter and are known to have an incredibly strong beak that can crack a coconut or macadamia nut, two of their favorites.
Hyacinth Macaw numbers are dwindling and they are listed on the endangered species list. It is estimated that there are between 10,000 and 25,000 alive today. The cause of their decreased numbers is primarily due to the pet trade. Hyacinth Macaws can demand a very high price, ranging from $9,000 to $12,000. You can find Hyacinth Macaws for sale fairly easy though if you’re willing to pay the high price tag.
Deforestation and the harvesting of Anodorhynchus Hyacinthinus for their feathers has also contributed to their decreasing numbers.
Hyacinth Macaws are known for their gentle disposition and affectionate nature, despite their large size. It is strongly recommended by avian veterinarians, breeders, and avian experts that all young hyacinth macaws be trained and socialized early. They do not know their own strength and can hurt someone if not properly trained.
They are known to be relatively quiet birds and will readily bond with their family if they’ve been socialized well as a chick. Cage requirements for the Hyacinth Macaw are unique. They’re large birds, which means they need a very large cage. Minimum hyacinth macaw cage requirements are 4 feet by 4 feet by 5 feet tall. Stainless steel is recommended due to its strength.
Hyacinth Macaws demand a lot of time from their owners and are capable of walking around the home when there is supervision.
This type of out of the cage time and family interaction is healthy for this incredibly social bird. While the Hyacinth Macaw may develop a stronger affection for one member of the family, they are generally good birds who love everyone including strangers
They’re known as mischief makers and are capable of learning words and mimicking some household sounds. They are very intelligent and inquisitive, which means they’re easily trained. They can even be trained if they’ve already developed some common problems like biting or screaming.
An abundance and variety of toys is recommended to keep their beaks and their minds busy when their family is away. They are good with children, pets, and will even entertain guests with their antics.
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