The Hyacinth Macaw is the largest species of parrot in the world. They are absolutely breathtaking animals with their outstanding size and vibrant colors. Their entire body is a violet color. To some people they appear blue, to others they look purple. They seem to change color depending on the lighting as well. They have neon yellow skin around their eyes and mouth, which really stands out against their dark feathers and black beak.
Average Lifespan: 40 – 60 years
Sexing: Sexing these birds requires a DNA test, as they are not sexually dimorphic and you cannot tell the sex just by looking at them.
Origin: Southern Brazil, Westernmost Bolivia and Santa Cruz
Trainability: As with most of the large Macaws, Hyacinth Macaws are not for everyone. They are mischievous and playful, and can become quite destructive if bored. We recommend purchasing a weaned, handfed baby. Birds naturally fledge from the nest and their mothers, so hand-feeding a baby you intend to keep for life is not the best idea. It will only cause more aggression later when the bird becomes confused and frustrated that it cannot leave the “nest.” Hyacinth Macaws learn quickly and are easy to train with a little effort.
They can learn a few words and phrases but don’t speak very clearly. Hyacinth Macaws enjoy showers and will often bathe with their owners. Many enjoy being outdoors as well, so it is good to find a way to allow your Hyacinth to play outside safely.
Generally, we find Hyacinth Macaws to be friendly, outgoing birds. They are less apt to bite than other Macaws, which is surprising to most people because their large beaks are so intimidating. They are known as “the Gentle Giants” in the bird world, and typically just want to play and have fun. Hyacinths are, in a word, AWESOME! Loudness: Like all Macaws, the Hyacinth Macaw can be quite vocal. Because of this, we don’t recommend them (or any of the large Macaws) for apartment living. If you feel that a quieter, smaller bird is more appropriate for you, there are still many species to choose from.