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Ara Hyacinthe © F-G Grandin - MNHN

The hyacinth macaw

The hyacinth macaw, Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus, is a bird from the psittacidae family which mainly feeds on fruit and seeds and lives in the canopy in South America.


Class, order and family :
Aves, Psittaciformes, Psittacidae
Life span :
up to 60 years in captivity
Size & Weight :
1.30 – 1.50 m (wingspan) and 1.4 – 1.7 kg
Incubation period :
25 - 28 days, 2 eggs
Natural habitat :
gallery forests, canopy
Diet :
vegetarian – fruit, seeds
Native region :
South America
Statut UICN : 

Vulnerable (VU)


The Hyacinth Macaw lives in the forests of South America, mainly in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. It is a sociable bird, living in groups of between four and several dozen individuals, depending on the geographical area. 

Distinctive features

It is over 1 m long.
Both males and females have blue plumage, while the skin around the eyes and behind the beak is yellow.


This parrot can reach the age of 60 without any stress or risk of predation!