Hyacinth Macaw Facts
The Hyacinth Macaw, is the largest in the Macaw family and that’s saying a lot. They can grow to a whopping 40 inches in length with a wingspan of almost 60 inches.
They’re giant blue flying birds. And what a blue! The Hyacinth Macaw is covered in the most vibrant blue feathers you’ve ever seen.
They have an enormous striking black beak with yellow streaks on the bottom mandible.
Their beak is known to be the most powerful beak of all birds and it has the power to crack coconuts. Watch your fingers!
Native to Central Northeastern, central and southwestern Brazil, eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay, the Hyacinth Macaw lives primarily in lightly forested areas in the seasonally flooded grasslands. Unfortunately this amazing bird is on the Endangered Species list.
The Hyacinth Macaw can demand a high price, between nine and twelve thousand dollars a piece, which has contributed to their demise. Additionally, deforestation and the use of their feathers by the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire in southern Brazil to make ‘souvenirs’ for the tourist trade has contributed to their low numbers. It is illegal to import them into the United States.
Hyacinths In the Wild
In the wild Hyacinth Macaws also known as the Anodorhynchus Hyacinthinus live in pairs, family groups, or flocks of 10 to 30 and they eat a variety of fruits, nuts and seeds, flowers, leaves, and stems of plants, and insects and snails for protein. When adult macaws choose mates, they generally bond for life.
They begin breeding around seven years of age and generally breed about once a year. The female lays one or two eggs, which hatch after about 29 days. The chicks are independent around six months old. One of the striking features of the Hyacinth Macaw is despite their large size and powerful beak, they are extremely gentle.
Known as “gentle giants” Hyacinth Macaws do not typically bite or become aggressive. However, they are still wild animals and can certainly bite or become aggressive if they are not raised correctly.
Hyacinth Macaws As Pets
It is strongly recommended to socialize and train your Hyacinth Macaw at a young age because their beak is powerful and if left untrained, they really could hurt someone. They’re sweet and kind birds who love to give and receive affection. They’re also very intelligent and inquisitive.
The Hyacinth Macaw’s intelligence means the train easily. It also means they will truly enjoy toys they can explore, solve, climb, and play with. Providing your Macaw a variety of food finding toys is a great way to make sure your Hyacinth is content.
As for their noise level, macaws are generally known as noisy birds yet that reputation somehow missed this gorgeous bird.
True, they do make the normal morning and evening chatter because in the wild this chatter is usually a way of determining where everyone is in the treetops.
Some experts believe it is best to own two Hyacinth Macaws because they’ll keep each other company which will result in less destruction and they’ll be happier. If, as an owner, you are capable of spending time with them every day, let them wander freely around your home and train them, your Hyacinth Macaw will be happy.
While typically it’s not suggested that you give your parrot a large amount of nuts, the hyacinth eats a large amount of nuts in the wild and therefore should get more than your average parrot. Your should also supplement your macaws diet with natural pellets and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables which is optimal and will help them live healthy their full 55 years.
Due to the Hyacinth Macaw’s large size, wide wingspan and need for playing and climbing, a really large cage is required. If you can provide an indoor and/or an outdoor aviary, all the better. Minimum Hyacinth Macaw cage requirements are 4 feet by 4 feet by 5 feet tall.
The Hyacinth Macaw is a spectacular bird loved worldwide for their beauty and their personality. Their dwindling numbers is sad and anything that can be done to save their species is a positive step.
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