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July 2015′s Animal Of The Month – Hyacinth Macaws

By July 31, 2015 No Comments

The hyacinth macaw is flying out of the spotlight as our Animal of the Month for July.  We hope you’re following  us on Twitter @ExoticPetVets and enjoyed our tweets throughout the month on these big and beautiful (and endangered!) birds.  If you missed any of our tweets, here is a summary. Did you know?:

  • The Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) is the longest species of flying parrots, measuring 100 cms (3.3 feet).
  • The Hyacinth macaw’s bill doesn’t have the tooth-like ridges seen in other macaw species.
  • The no-ridge beak is reflected in the Hyacinth macaw’s scientific name: Anodorhynchus means “bill without teeth” in Latin.
  • The Hyacinth macaw is a distinctive parrot with cobalt blue feathers and a yellow patch around the eyes and beak.
  • Hyacinth macaws are sometimes confused with the Lear’s macaw, which is smaller and has a greenish tinge to the plumage.
  • The Hyacinth macaw was first described in 1790 by British ornithologist John Latham.
  • The Hyacinth macaw is native to eastern and central South America, mainly Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia.
  • Hyacinth macaws are endangered because of the pet bird trade and habitat loss.
  • Hyacinth macaws are high maintenance birds and may prove to be unsuitable pets for most families.
  • Hyacinth macaws need much attention and affection and some will bond with one person but behave aggressively with others.
  • Hyacinth macaws have the ability to mimic human speech, but they are not as well known for this as African Grey parrots.
  • Hyacinth macaws can be loud birds as they tend to meet the noise level of their environment. Noisy house = noisy macaw.
  • Hyacinth macaws are intelligent and playful birds who need enrichment to prevent boredom.
  • Hyacinth macaws have large beaks and they love to chew, which means they can be destructive if not given a chewing outlet.
  • Freshly-washed large branches and pet-safe toys can entertain a hyacinth macaw for many hours.
  • Big birds like Hyacinth macaws need big cages and lots of space to move from perch to perch and spread their wings.
  • A Hyacinth macaw’s cage should be a minimum of 3 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft long (90 cm x 120 cm x 120 cm).
  • Cages for Hyacinth macaws should be metal with bars close together so the birds can’t get their heads through the bars.
  • Did you know that Hyacinth macaws have a bone in their tongues? It helps them break open and eat hard nuts and seeds.
  • Hyacinth macaws are featured in the popular online video game World of Warcraft, albeit with some anatomical inaccuracies.
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S. Fontana is a LifeLearn author.

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