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Hyacinth Macaw

Andorohynchus hyacinthinus

Class: Aves Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae

Size

Weight: 3.5 lbs

Lifespan

Lifespan (Wild): 30 years
Lifespan (Captivity): up to 60+ years

Diet

Palm nuts make up the majority of their diet. They also feed on other nuts and seeds.

Habitat & Range

Semi-open habitats such as swamps and flooded grasslands of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay

Interesting Facts

  • Hyacinth Macaws are the largest species of macaw and the largest flying parrot. Their wingspan can reach 4 feet across. The kakapo, a flightless species of parrot, outweighs Hyacinth macaws, however.
  • This species’ name comes from their bright blue coloration. Males and females are identical in appearance.
  • Hyacinth macaws have very strong hooked beaks that they use to can crack open palm nuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias, and other nuts and seeds.

Conservation Status

Vulnerable

Threats

Hyacinth macaws, previously listed as endangered, are currently considered vulnerable. Their populations are still in decline. One of the greatest threats to this species is over-collection due to the illegal pet trade. They have also loss much of their habitat to human activity such as cattle ranching and agriculture.