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Hyacinthine Macaw

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Macaws are considered to be the most intelligent of all birds and are called by many biologists the FLYING PRIMATES.  This WORLD specializes in eight species/subspecies of Large Macaws.

Common Name:        Hyacinthine Macaw

Genus/Species:         Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus


Brazil, south of the Amazon, also extreme eastern Bolivia.  

Natural Habitat:

Gallery forest in semi-open areas, deciduous woodland, dry woodland savanna and buriti palm swamps.

Physical Appearance:

Physical appearance may slightly vary depending on geographic area. Hyacinthine Macaws are a deep, rich shade of cobalt blue with prominent areas of bare yellow skin surrounding the eyes and the base of the lower mandible.  They have a line of yellow on the otherwise black tongue.


Two eggs, three rarely, are laid and incubated by the Female for 27 to 30 days.  Young are not fully independent until five months old.  They exhibit very strong pair bonds annually.

STATUS in Natural Habitat:

Extinct in some areas and endangered in the rest of its natural habitat.

Cool Fact:

The Hyacinthine is the largest of all macaws.  They differ from Ara macaws in lacking bare cheeks, instead having a semicircular area of bare yellow skin at the side of the lower mandible.  Anodorhynchus means beak without tooth, because, unlike other macaws, the interior surface of the upper mandible lacks notches or ridges.


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