11.8 – 39.5 inches
4.5 oz – 3.73 lbs
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- Hyacinth macaws live in central and eastern South America. They are the largest species of macaw and the largest flying parrot. Their wingspan can reach 4 feet across. The largest parrot is the flightless kakapo.
- Their name comes from their bright blue coloration. Males and females are almost identical in appearance.
- They are usually monogamous and tend to live in pairs or small family groups. They typically usually lay one or two eggs at a time in a hollow tree or on a cliff face, and usually only one of the chicks will survive. Fledglings remain dependent on their parents until they are about 6 months old.
- Hyacinth macaws are endangered. Their population is still in decline. They are popular as pets and are sometimes taken illegally from the wild for trade. They have also lost much of their habitat due to human interference and increasing agriculture.
Did You Know?
Hyacinth macaws have very strong mandibles (jaw) and sharp beaks so they can crack open the nuts and seeds that make up the majority of their diet. They need to be able to open coconuts, brazil nuts, macadamias, and other nuts.