The largest parrot is the stunning cobalt-blue hyacinth macaw. It is a rare and endangered species that should only be preserved by a very dedicated owner who can meet the needs of a bird as enormous as the bird itself. For good reason, this is a bird that is more frequent in zoos than in private households. It is a rare owner that has the time, patience, and financial resources to look after their pet.
The Hyacinth Macaw can be found in the wild only in a few areas of South America. They are mostly concentrated in three distinct habitats in Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado areas, eastern Bolivia, and northern Paraguay. They grow in palm groves, sparse forests, and other semi-open settings that are neither overly humid or far from a source of fresh water.
Despite its intimidating look due to its gigantic size and powerful, sharp hooked beak, the hyacinth macaw is a friendly giant. By nature, hyacinths are fairly delicate. They respond well to positive reinforcement and form deep bonds with their human caregivers. Hyacinth macaws exhibit a wide range of vocalizations, ranging from deep guttural growls and loud shrieking to high-pitched trills. They have the ability to purr as well. When they join a huge flock, they tend to make more noise.
Because these birds require more time and attention than other kinds, hyacinth macaws are not suitable pets for everyone. They can be quite appealing, being large, handsome, and clever, but resist the urge to bring one home without first thinking it over completely. Caring for this bird is a huge undertaking that will take a long time.
The Hyacinth Macaw, like practically all parrots, is a highly sociable animal that requires a lot of interaction with its human caregiver in order to be emotionally satisfied. Screaming, destructiveness, and self-mutilating behaviors such as feather plucking are common among neglected, confined birds. They will, however, show to be among the friendliest of the macaw species if they receive a lot of attention.
Aside from its enormous size, the Hyacinth macaw is best renowned for the vibrant colors of its plumage. Their appearance is a great combination of grace and exotics, and the beautiful cobalt blue that covers them completely will enchant you. Soft yellow – ringing their eyes and the sides of their mouth – is combined with this color of the deepest ocean depths. One of nature’s most attractive combinations, it provides a lovely appearance as well as the illusion of a smile.
The Hyacinth macaw is the world’s largest flying parrot, reaching towering lengths. They are 3.3 feet (1 meter) long on average, with muscular bodies and lengthy tails, and can weigh up to 2.8 pounds (1.7 kg). Their wing span can reach an astonishing 3.4 feet (105 cm), giving them a tremendously strong appearance when in flight.
If they don’t have a constant supply of toys and branches to damage, hyacinths can have enlarged beaks. The hyacinth, like other macaw species, is prone to proventricular dilation disease, psittacosis, and papillomas.
Hyacinth macaws eat mostly fruit, green plants, and nuts in the wild. Its powerful beak is capable of cracking coconuts. They thrive in captivity on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and nuts, notably the macadamia nut, because they require more carbohydrates than other parrot species. The food of a pet hyacinth can be supplemented with carefully made species-specific pellets.
With a wingspan of up to 4 feet, they need plenty of time to exercise and space to extend. To keep their muscles in shape, hyacinths should spend at least one to two hours every day on a play gym or other safe place.