Show support for Hyacinth Macaw conservation

The Hyacinth Macaw is the largest flying parrot species in the world (the larger Kakapo of New Zealand is flightless) and has one of the strongest beaks relative to its size in the known bird world. Unfortunately, these beautiful South American birds are endangered due to high levels of poaching and smuggling for pet trade. They are further threatened by increased commercial sale of feather art and habitat loss from human development. The Hyacinth Macaw is the latest bird to be cutified as a Birdorable. Begun in 1990 by the biologist Neiva Guedes, the Hyacinth Macaw Project in Brazil has monitored about 3,000 individuals over an area of 400,000 hectares in the Pentanal region of Mato Grosso do Sul. The project is involved in the research, management and conservation of the species. In carrying these out, biologists, veterinarians, field workers, ranchers and university students share in activities ranging from technical studies on reproduction, behavior, and habitat to environmental education.

Hyacinth macaw
Photo by Tambako The Jaguar
Hyacinth Macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
Photo by Donna Sullivan-Thomson


Caitlyn on April 29, 2008 at 7:42 AM wrote:
Awesome. I think these birds are beautiful and I'd love to have one as a pet (bred in captivity of course) but I know it will never happen. Too big for me to handle.
Tough Titmouse on May 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM wrote:
Yes, and the fact that birds do better in wildlife anyways. And you'd probably want to keep it somewhere where you won't mind odors, and.... it'll most likely get lonely, won't it?
Tough Titmouse on May 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM wrote:
Ggrrrr..... but why POACHING? are their beaks valuable? their feathers? The only place they [feathers] are worth being are on birds! yIkes...
Tony Brenton on January 31, 2015 at 5:19 PM wrote:
We can not find the colouring in page for the Hyacinth Macaw.
Arthur de Wolf on February 7, 2015 at 8:46 PM wrote:
Tony, we have added the Hyacinth Macaw coloring page for you here:
Spurwing Plover on June 12, 2022 at 6:25 PM wrote:
Winged Migration shows a Hyacinth Macaw escaping smugglers cage by working loose the pin that held its cage shut

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