Apr 28, 2012

Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

Did you know?

That the beak of the Hyacinth Macaw is dry, slightly scaly and has an internal bone? This is an excellent tool for breaking and eating nuts and hard-shelled seeds.

The Hyacinth Macaw is the largest species of parrot, reaching a total length of 100 cm. Its plumage is entirely blue-cobalt. The ring peri-ophthalmic and band around the lower jaw are yellow. The bill is very large, broad and black, but no dental type crests as in other species of macaws. This is reflected in the Anodorhynchus scientific name meaning “toothless beak”. The legs are gray-black and the iris is black. The breeding season is from August to December. A clutch typically consists of two eggs, which are incubated for about 28 days. The chicks fledge after three months and depend on their parents for food until six months old. The food consists of seeds, nuts, especially palm trees, palm leaves and fruit. Like other macaws, the Hyacinth uses clay licks.

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