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Hyacinth Macaw

Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus

ON EXHIBIT:  Macaw Island in the Tropical Cove of Ocean Journey 

Hyacinth macaw

FUN FACTS
The hyacinth macaw is the largest member of the parrot family. These macaws are social birds and generally live in pairs or small groups. Pairs are extremely faithful and share the tasks of raising their young. The hyacinth macaw's natural lifespan is estimated to be 30 to 50 years or more. Males tend to be much larger than females.  This macaw’s beak is the most powerful of all birds and is used to crack hard palm nuts, which is their main diet.

CONSERVATION
Hyacinth macaw are threatened in the wild.  They've suffered from poaching for the pet trade and for their feathers.

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Hyacunth Macaw
Photo by amanda.pippin

About This Animal

SIZE   40 inches in length, 50 inch wingspan 

RANGE  Found in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay

HABITAT  Lightly forested areas, grasslands, savannahs and cattle ranches

DIET Mostly palm nuts, but some other types of nuts, fruits and vegetables  


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