About This Animal
SIZE: 40 inches in length, 50 inch wingspan
RANGE: Found in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay
HABITAT: Lightly forested areas, grasslands, savannahs and cattle ranches
DIET: Mostly palm nuts, but some other types of nuts, fruits and vegetables
ON EXHIBIT: Macaw Island in the Tropical Cove of Ocean Journey
The hyacinth macaw is the largest member of the parrot family. These macaws are social birds and generally live in pairs or small groups. Pairs are extremely faithful and share the tasks of raising their young. The hyacinth macaw's natural lifespan is estimated to be 30 to 50 years or more. Males tend to be much larger than females. This macaw’s beak is the most powerful of all birds and is used to crack hard palm nuts, which is their main diet.
Hyacinth macaw are threatened in the wild. They've suffered from poaching for the pet trade and for their feathers.
Amy and Angel, the Tennessee Aquarium's hyacinth macaws, are really characters. Their playful displays are sometimes accompanied by talking or laughing, In this video, they appear to really get tickled by something going on in the Tropical Cove exhibit.