hyacinth macaw, parrot

hyacinth macaw


The Gentle Giant. These are the largest of the large macaws. They are instantly noticed for their brilliant cobalt blue coloring and massive beaks. They have a length of 36-39", weights of 1200-1700 grams and a wingspan of 46-50". A few of their unique characteristics include solid black eyes and a bare patch of yellowish skin on their cheeks.


While they have a very imposing beak, these birds are called the gentle giant for good reason. They are very affectionate and lovable. Hyacinths generally love their family and are very tolerant of strangers. Tricks are quickly and easily learned. They love to play but will require toys that are larger and stronger than most. Many people swear that these are the number one macaw to have. Be warned, they are very expensive and require a lot of upkeep.


Because of their large size, the Hyacinth macaw requires an extremely large cage. They also have special dietary requirements. They need more fat and carbohydrates and less protein in their diet than the other macaws. You may need to add filberts, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, coconuts, and walnuts to your shopping supplies as these are all considered a great delicacy by these gentle blue giants. Because of the space needed and special diet, special consideration should be taken before making the decision to purchase a Hyacinth.


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Cockatoos are similar to dogs in that they thrive on affection and touch but usually do not develop extensive vocabularies. African Greys, noted for their great talking ability, fall between these two personality categories, having traits of both. Greys tend to be more individualistic, so it depends on the Grey as to the kind of personality it may have.



Macaws do not make ideal apartment pets because of their twice-daily screaming sessions, at sunrise and sunset, and their ability to dismantle anything they can easily reach, such as the apartment building! However, for those who have a suitable environment, macaws make great pets and can develop pretty good vocabularies and fascinating antics.


What to Look For.

Look for a bird that is interactive and interested in sights and sounds. Look for a baby that expresses interest and attention by puffing out its head and neck feathers, stretching its wings (singly with a leg out or both shoulders stretched straight up), bobbing its head up and down solicitously or quickly wagging its tail from side to side.

These easily observable happiness behaviors are indications that the bird is interested in what is going on.


For a private appointment contact Carole and Rob Court.



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224 Sandford Side Road (Durham 11)

Mount Albert, Ontario


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