Hyacinth macaws (scientifically known as Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), a type of blue parrots, are the largest of all flying parrots. These “gentle giants” are a delight to look at because of their conspicuous appearance and social disposition. Although their existence is susceptible to extinction because of rapid habitat loss, commercial breeding is legal. It helps conserve the species well.
Adoption of hyacinth macaws is a full-time adventure, that too, for a long time. So, ensuring the fact that you are financially, mentally, and physically capable of a long-term commitment is the most important aspect to contemplate before acquiring the bird.
Hyacinth macaws are intelligent birds and have shown a facility for limited tool use both in captivity and in the wild. While they can make good pets in the right circumstances, they can be nippy and are loud.
Their wide wingspan and long-tail call for a large cage with minimum dimensions of 60X72X36 inches. Also, the cage’s ideal material should be stainless steel, as the bird can easily destroy other materials with its strong beak. Perches made of either ribbonwood or manzanita will help keep nails groomed.
Set up a playpen or a play gym on which the macaw can stay at least for 2-3 hours. This will help the bird relax its muscle and extend wings.
Temperament and personality
Hyacinth macaws exhibit amicable and outgoing behavior, most of which starts off with making a strong bond with their owner. However, they are not possessive about their preferred “human”. If you have frequent guests at home, your pet will gladly meet them out of its instinctive social nature. It even enjoys playing with kids. If left alone for a long time, it becomes cranky. For its enrichment, toys and human association are needed.
Don’t get surprised if your bird acts like a prankster, as playing dead is one of its favorite activities. Sometimes, keeping its beak out of the cage or staring at you endlessly are little tricks it might do to you. Chomping on wooden toys, with or without chewable leather strips, is their favorite activity. Talking is their forte. Picking up some words and repeating them isn’t unexpected from these clever birds. It enjoys cuddling and kisses from its owner.
Due to their strong metabolism, they digest fast. Fresh vegetables and fruits, which are high in carbohydrates and fat along with low protein, are a good way to satisfy their dietary needs. Macadamia fruits, coconut, walnut, and Brazilian nut should be given frequently. Market-ready formulated diets are also ideal.
As already mentioned, you need the diligence to look after your pet. Never leave it alone, as the bird might emit a harsh sound if it doesn’t find you, in the hope of getting a response from you. Treat them just the way you treat a three-year-old with your love and attention. Since it has a strong beak, biting is a common thing to come across during training, so careful handling is needed. Engage it in stimulating activities by interacting so that it doesn’t become destructive.