Hyacinth Macaw

Scientific Name: Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus

Habitat: Hyacinth macaws are native to the Pantanal region of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. 

Diet: Hyacinth macaws eat mostly fruit, nuts, seeds and nectar. Their favorite treats at the zoo include Brazil nuts, peanuts, and dried cranberries.

Size: 3 to 4 feet high / 4 to 4.5 foot wingspan

Weight: 2.6 to 3.7 pounds

Lifespan: 30 to 50 years in the wild. Up to 60 in human care. 

Conservation Status:


Our Hyacinth Macaw:

Joe (Male) – Born October 3, 1993

Did You Know?!

  • Hyacinth macaws are the largest species of flying parrot in the world.
  • A Hyacinth macaw’s powerful beak can crush through Brazil nut pods, macadamia nuts, and even coconuts. They can generate over 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch with those big beaks.
  • Hyacinth macaws have been observed eating clay soil, which biologists believe neutralize any acids in the parrot’s stomach from eating very ripe fruit.
  • Hyacinth macaws have zygodactyl feet, meaning they have two toes pointing forward and two pointing backwards. Having opposite facing toes helps them to grip tightly to branches, climb up trees, and hold onto their favorite treats.
  • Hyacinth macaws are listed as VULNERABLE because of the illegal pet trade and deforestation leading to habitat loss.