5 Interesting Facts About Hyacinth Macaws

Hyacinth Macaw

Here is a hyacinth macaw eating a nut. I hope that it didn’t come from a cow’s poo.

Today I want to write about one of the most beautiful blue birds in the world, the hyacinth macaw.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. They are the longest parrots in the world, measuring up to 1 metre long.
  2. They have a very powerful beak for eating native nuts from the acuri and bocaiuva palms.  However, the acuri nut is so hard that they can’t eat them until they’ve been eaten by a cow and been pooed out.
  3. Hyacinth macaws lay two eggs in tree cavities or on cliff faces, but most of the time only one chick survives to become an adult.
  4. They live in savannah grasslands and dry forests in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
  5. These beautiful birds are endangered, mainly due to poaching for the pet trade and loss of habitat.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about hyacinth macaws?

Similar species:

Rainbow Lorikeet

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