Hyacinth macaws are intelligent birds and have shown a facility for limited tool use both in captivity and in the wild. While they can make good pets in the right circumstances, they can be nippy and are loud.
Sounds: Vocal, Mimicking, Talkative
Interaction: Social, Kind, Affectionate, Playful
Native Region/Natural Habitat
There are just a few regions in South America where the Hyacinth macaw is found in the wild. They have mainly centered around three separate habitats, in Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado regions, in eastern Bolivia and the north of Paraguay. They thrive in palm groves, sparse woodlands and similar semi-open areas that are not too humid or far from a source of freshwater.
As the world’s largest flying parrot, the Hyacinth macaw reaches imposing lengths. On average they are 3.3 feet (1 meter) long, with robust bodies and long tails, weighing up to 2.8 lbs (1.7 kilograms). Their wing span can reach an incredible 3.4 feet (105 centimeters), which makes them look truly powerful when in flight. Another distinguishing trait of these unique birds is their huge, prominent black beak, perfect for opening walnuts and other shelled nuts.
Speech and Sounds
While not inclined to sing, they can and will learn to mimic words, sounds, and phrases. These are often comical, goofy combinations of whispers and imitations of common household sounds. Besides their loud call, they are generally not a noisy parrot, and can be a suitable pet bird if you live in an apartment.
Personality & Behavior
The “gentle giants” got their nickname due to their tempered and kind personalities. They will bond, and follow you around the house in search of cuddles or play. They will love to play with toys so make sure they have enough of them. In general, Hyacinth Macaw will prefer to be in your company rather than alone, so do not neglect their desire to play and socialize. This pet will require commitment, and with their long lifespan of 60 years, you are looking for a lifelong friend that will require your attention, care and company for decades to come.
Care and Feeding
To resemble its diet in the wild, you will need to take extra care when feeding your macaw. Hyacinth Macaw will need coconut, fresh fruits and vegetables, macadamia nuts and some cooked chicken or rice as well. They require a higher dose of fat in their diet, compared to other parrots.
Fresh water should be provided regularly – daily or even twice per day. Another important part of their care is bathing. It is best to take them in the shower with you, due to their size. They require regular baths in order to prevent dried feathers and skin issues.
Health and Common Conditions
Their large size gives ensures these pet birds are strong and healthy. Hyacinth macaws are endurable and rarely become ill, as long as you follow some basic rules of parrot care, which means avoiding the draft and excessive heat or cold. Signs to look out for are a loss of feathers, swollen eyelids, hard breathing or prolonged apathy. To prevent any of these issues, provide ample exercise and room to your Hyacinth macaw. Due to their size, they need to spend a lot of time outside the cage.