Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw
Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Psittaciformes
FAMILY
Psittacidae

Range

Eastern South America


Habitat

Swamps, forests, palm groves


Diet

Feed primarily on a variety of palm nuts but their diet also includes fruit and other vegetable matter

Weight

3 - 4 lbs.

Size

3 ft.

Wingspan

17 - 22 in.

Incubation

26 - 28 days

Clutch

2 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Facts

  • This is the largest member of the parrot family, measuring nearly three feet from head to tail.
  • The macaw communicates through its brilliant color and loud voice, which also make it an easy target for hunters.
  • Their characteristic hooked parrot beak is the strongest of the parrots. They can easily break the hard shells of palm nuts, Brazil nuts and other very hard nuts.

 

Conservation

There has been massive illegal trade in the species. At least 10,000 birds were taken from the wild in the 1980s. They also face threats from habitat loss, and some local hunting for food and feathers.

Vulnerable

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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