Scientific Name: Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
Origin: Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia
Average Lifespan: 10 to 30 years
Size: About 40 inches (100 cm) in length
Color: Cobalt blue
Sounds: Extremely loud screeching, speak human words
Interaction: Highly social
Physical Characteristics of Hyacinth Macaw
The Hyacinth Macaw is the most stunning breed in the Macaw family. It has a predominantly cobalt blue colored body with a matching yellow ring around its eyes. With its length that can reach up to 40 inches in length, the bird is one of the largest parrot breeds. Often referred to as Blue Macaw, it is mostly seen in zoos and bird shelters and rarely kept as a pet.
Personality and Temperament
The personality of the Hyacinth Macaw befits well its large size. In fact, it is an ideal companion pet due to its outgoing, funny, and laid back traits. Furthermore, it can be a good household pet for singles, couples, families with small children, and even senior citizens. However, its large size necessitates supervision while small children playing with Hyacinth Macaws. Although the bird rarely shows aggression, its active nature may lead to accidental injuries or harm to a child.
Aside from being large, the Hyacinth Macaw is also known to be a very loud noise maker. If you plan to adopt or keep one of these birds as a pet, make sure that your pet is not a nuisance to neighbors, who can be easily disturbed by its loud noises. You need to invest a lot of time and effort in training your pet Hyacinth Macaw if you want to maximize its talking potential. Although very intelligent, the bird is a bit tricky when teaching it to mimic human words and sounds. Hyacinth Macaw are known to be very stubborn and lazy especially when they are not able to focus on training. However, it is not a cause for concern and you can overcome with persistent training.
There may be times when your pet becomes unwilling to interact with people. But most of the time, a Hyacinth Macaw is more than willing to bond with and play. It is also very important to make sure that the bird gets enough time each day for activities and interaction. Unless you pay attention to this need of your pet, a Hyacinth Macaw is likely to develop boredom and may inflict self-harm just to get your attention.
Health and Care
Hyacinth Macaws are not for rookie bird owners due to their big size. The bird also needs a very special diet. Those living in the wilderness survive on a steady diet of palm nuts and fruits. However, such a diet is usually lacking when the bird is kept as a pet. You should serve alternative food items, including Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, macadamias, coconut, pistachios, and cashews, to make up for their natural diet. It is most important to make sure that the diet contains a good amount of fat.
Eating is not a problem for these birds and it is rare to find a malnourished or obese Hyacinth Macaw. An overgrown beak is the most common health issue in a bird of this breed. It can inflict pain and discomfort when addressed not properly. If your pet has a similar issue, make sure you provide it with food items that it can chew without any difficulty.
The Hyacinth Macaw is very active and this requires you to provide your pet bird a very spacious cage or enclosure, where it can comfortably and freely move around and stretch its large legs. Because of its large size, the bird is often a problem when kept indoors. To overcome this, you should keep it in a huge cage placed outdoor. However, make sure that you pick an area that is away from direct sunlight, which can cause various health issues in your pet. Also, make sure to provide enough protective materials against extreme weather conditions.
History and Background
The Hyacinth Macaw originated central and eastern south America that comprise Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. It thrives in rainforests, grasslands, and scrublands. Today, the Hyacinth Macaw population is estimated to be between 2500 and 5000 worldwide. Due to illegal hunting, deforestation, pollution, and poaching, their number is fast dwindling.