Hyacinth Macaw

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Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth macaws are one of the largest species of parrot. It is referred as Gentle Giant of all the Macaws.Appearance:The largest parrot by length in the world, the Hyacinth Macaw is 100 cm long from the tip of its tail to the top of its head and weighs 1.2–1.7 kg . Each wing is 388–425 mm long. The tail is long and pointed.Its feathers are entirely blue. However, sometimes, the neck feathers can be slightly grey.Scientific Name:Anodorhynchus hyacinthinusScientific Classification:Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AvesOrder: Psittaciformes Superfamily: PsittacoideaFamily: PsittacidaeSubfamily: ArinaeTribe: AriniGenus: AnodorhynchusSpecies: A. hyacinthinusLifeCycle:Macaws choose their mate in the winter.They start to breed when they are seven years old. The female lays eggs in clutches of two or three eggs. During breeding season female macaws incubate the eggs while male macaw hunt for food. Bigger Macaws lay an egg every other day, while smaller variations of the bird lay an egg every three days. It takes between 18 and 26 days for a Macaw’s eggs to hatch. Once a macaw has been hatched it needs food such as fresh fruits. The babies are usually ready to leave the nest at around 13 weeks of age.Speciality:They can mimic human speech. They use their beak as a tool.Enemies:There are no known predators of adult macaws, but toucans, corvids, possums, and coatis prey on their eggs.Adaptations: Strong Beak: Sometimes Hyacinth Macaw uses its beak as its feet so it can hold onto tree bark.It can also break through a coconut shell and a broom stick handle. Tough Legs: Hyacinth Macaw's feet help them hold on to tree bark while they try to find nuts, fruits, and seeds on the tree tops.Behavior: Most times Hyacnith Macaw are seen feeding on two types of trees: bocaiúva and the acuri. Sometimes Hyacinth Macaws are seen plucking bright yellow fruit of the acuri palm tree and then dropping it at the base of the tree, one month later they will go back to the same tree to eat the fruit they left at the base of the tree. Defense/Offense:If a Hyacinth Macaw is threatened it will fly away. If it can't fly then it will start biting with its beak, pushing with its feet, scratching with its claws, and swatting with its wings. Another way it can defend itself is with its feathers.

1) http://birds.about.com/od/breedsofbirds/p/hyacinths.htm2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_macaw3) http://animals.pawnation.com/adaptations-hyacinth-macaws-10859.html4) http://pepsic.bvsalud.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1517-280520060002000035)http://pepsic.bvsalud.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1517-28052006000200003

Locomotion: Flying, Landing, Walking, Jumping, Climbing

Endangered: Habitat loss and over collection for pet trade

Diet: Nuts, Fruits, Seeds, Clay

Habitat:Central and Eastern Forests of South America


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