- The hyacinth macaw is the largest macaw species.
- These macaws frequently travel together in small flocks of 1–8 pairs, and loudly call to one another.
- Macaw pairs remained bonded.
- In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as “macaw licks
The hyacinth macaw is the largest macaw species.
These macaws frequently travel together in small flocks of 1–8 pairs, and loudly call to one another.
Macaw pairs remained bonded.
In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as “macaw licks.”
When disturbed, these bright birds screech loudly and circle overhead with their long tails streaming.
Ecology and Conservation
In the course of daily feeding, macaws allow plenty of seeds (while eating, as well as in their droppings) to fall to the forest floor, thus regenerating much of the forest growth.
Hyacinths in the home are large, loud, and destructive so great thought should accompany this decision.
Hyacinth macaws are the world’s longest parrots. They have impressive cobalt blue feathers, which contrast with their bare yellow eye ring (which, in other species of macaw is white) and the yellow patch of skin beside the lower bill. Their irises are dark-brown in color and their feet are dark gray. Females and males are nearly indistinguishable, but the females are typically a little more slender. On juveniles the upper bill is paler and the tail is shorter
Fun Facts for Kids
Some macaws with very big beaks can open these nuts. Their young get larger and heavier beaks from their genes, and so beaks become bigger in each new generation.
- The macaw uses its beak to score a mark in the nut. Then, as a cutter does, it slices the nut into two halves, cutting very cleanly, almost like human work.
- Hyacinth macaws can mimic human voices.
- When in flight, the Hyacinth macaw makes a guttural and discordant “kraaa-aaa”, repeating these sounds in bursts. When roosting, it makes barks, yelps, and growls.
- When disturbed, these macaws screech loudly, circling overhead while their long tails stream out behind them.
- Hyacinth macaws sometimes eat clay, which helps them absorb the poison that naturally occurs in some unripe fruits and seeds.