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Hyacinth Macaw


Scientific Name: Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus


Origin: Central and Eastern South America – Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.


Habitat: The Hyacinth Macaw lives in grasslands, wooded areas, and tropical wetlands.


Physical Description: The Hyacinth Macaw stands up to 100cm (39 inches) tall.

It is the largest parrot (by length) in the world. Its feathers are blue, with yellow around the eyes and under the beak. Its beak is also blue.


Behavior: Hyacinth Macaws are gentle and quite intelligent. This bird can mimic human speech, but typically does not tend to do so. Hyacinth Macaws have been observed to use tools, fashioning them from leaves and wood to facilitate eating.


Vocalization: The Hyacinth Macaw’s vocalization is lower in frequency, discordant, loud, and harsh.


Breeding: The Hyacinth Macaw breeds between July and December. They build their nests in tree cavities or on cliffs. The female lays one or two eggs, but typically only one chick survives, as the second egg hatches a few days after the first, and the second-born chick cannot compete for food. The female bird incubates the eggs for approximately a month, and the male bird takes care of the female bird during this time. The chick fledges about 110 days after hatching. The Hyacinth Macaw is endangered.


Food Habits: Hyacinth Macaws eat fruits, nuts, and greens. Their beaks can also crack into coconuts.