Hyacinth Macaws (Blue Parrots)

(11 customer reviews)


The beautiful, cobalt-blue hyacinth macaw is the largest of all parrots. It is a rare and threatened species that should be kept only by a very dedicated owner who can provide for needs that are as large as the bird itself. This is a bird that is more common in zoos than it is in private homes—and for good reason. It is a rare owner who has the time, patience, and financial resources to care for a unique and sensitive bird that is nearly as large as a bald eagle.

  • COMMON NAMES: Hyacinth macaw, blue parrot
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
  • ADULT SIZE: 40 inches from head to tail, a wingspan of 4 feet, weighing 2.6 to 3.7 pounds
  • LIFE EXPECTANCY: Can live more than 60 years
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Hyacinth Macaws (Blue Parrots)

Origin and History

The hyacinth macaw is native to central and eastern South America. There are three main populations: one in the Pantanal wetland region of Brazil, eastern Bolivia, and northeastern Paraguay; another in the Cerrado region of Brazil’s eastern interior; and one in the Amazon basin of Brazil. The hyacinth macaw prefers to dwell in palm swamps, woodlands, and semi-open areas and usually avoids dense, humid forests. It can usually be found in the open areas along major rivers.

English ornithologist and artist John Latham first described and cataloged the hyacinth macaw in 1790, and its numbers in the wild have been in steady decline since then due to a gradual reduction in habitat and steady demand for the bird in the pet trade and by indigenous tribes who hunt the birds for meat and for their ornamental feathers. As a result, the hyacinth macaw is listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species list, which prohibits international trade of parrot species. Both Brazil and Paraguay now protect the bird by law.


Though somewhat frightening in appearance due to its enormous size and powerful, sharp hooked beak, the hyacinth macaw is something of a gentle giant. Hyacinths are quite gentle by nature. They are easily trained by positive reinforcement and tend to bond strongly with their human caregivers.

Hyacinth macaws have a wide variety of vocalizations, ranging from deep guttural growls and loud screeching to high trills. They are also capable of purring. They tend to make more noise when they form a large flock.

Colors and Markings
Hyacinth macaws are a deep shade of solid blue, with bright yellow patches around the eyes and beak.

Additional information


Baby, Adult, Young

11 reviews for Hyacinth Macaws (Blue Parrots)

  1. David Houchins

    Every now and then someone asks about trimming beak and toe nails . So I think I will address that …Beaks and toe nails are made from the same stuff and it’s always growing ..So how do wild birds handle this problem ?? They don’t !! We make the problem and we then blow it totally out of proportion …First toe nails ..The only reason to worry about that is because it hurts our arms , shoulders , neck and any other place the bird takes a walk ..That is not the birds problem ..How do we compensate for that ? Easy , Wear a long sleeve shirt ..In extreme cases yes trim the points but by and large unless groth starts to disfigure the feet then do what you have to do ..Now to the beak !! The beak has three differant functions and you can see for yourself by following my instructions and not just blindly doing what some stranger says is a reason to trim the beak ..first the point of the beak is a tool used to hold large pieces of food steady while the bottom beak slices off a mouthful of food and then the lower acts as teeth and chews the food in to swallowable pieces that then go down the hatch while some of it just falls out of the mouth to maybe pick up later or not .Also the inside of the top is used like an ice cream scoop which the bird draws into the mouth for more chewing and then swallowing ..Yea , this is supposed to be about trimming beaks so how come wild birds don;t get this service ? Easy one ..Wild birds do not have someone to cut up their food for them ..Many people think their bird needs their food cut up in ity bity bity size chunks and yes that enables the birds to eat easier but it takes from the bird the opportunity to naturally wear down the tip of the beak as he would in the wild .. Check this out for yourself ! Hold a firm cookie tightly and watch the action as your bird breaks off a hunk… Hold a piece of fruit and watch him scoop it out ..See for yourselves how the mouth works in it’s entireity anf don’t try to make his life to easy by dicing stuff small …They have the tools , Let them use them ..

    from delaware

  2. Isabel Ayrosa

    Isabel Ayrosa
    Mine bit my eyelid one time, got blood out and laughed manically, the whole time she was whistling and being cute and then out of the blue she bit. I’ve learnt how to read her body language better and not get too close when she’s super excited singing and whistling.

  3. evan

    We don’t have AC and we’re going through a heat wave right now. I put ice in Jasper’s bowl so he could play in the cool water. Actually, I thought he’d be afraid of it. So I watched him. The nut picked up the ice and was holding it. He was trying to bite on it and held it for a good 5 minutes. I know ice is water so that’s not harmful but what about him holding it for so long. I’m not sure that I could hold a piece of ice that long. I’m assuming he dropped it because he was either bored of it or it got too cold. I just want to make sure that I couldn’t be damaging his feet somehow.

  4. Nagito Komaeda

    Is there any other way to get the bird without shipping it?

    • Madi

      yes we accept pick ups at the farm

  5. Tracy Beard

    Tracy Beard

    Poor little lad 40 years with one owner (Madi parrots) so i got here as a present from them on my birthday. The poor lad don’t know what’s happen . Give him Time soft talking if he wants to talk he will everything is new to him new people new surroundings loads of time he will slowly come round

    Atlanta, United States

  6. Jill Schroeder Donelan

    Jill Schroeder Donelan

    Also! We know of no other Blue Parrrots’s in our area (SoDak). But, my daughter recently became acquainted with another teen who moved here from fl. And his family has a 4 y/o AG female! I am hopeful that we can bird-sit for each other since it’s hard to find a pet sitter when we cannot take him with us.

    St Louis, United States

  7. Lisa Navas

    Lisa Navas

    My father passed away yesterday and his prized possession is going to be living with me. I’m so excited!
    Anyway, Tiger is 19 and my dad has had him since he was a chick, he got him for madi parrots , but dad did not discipline him at all and used to let him run around the house only to eat the walls and floor boards. I want to break him of those bad habits, but not sure how.
    I’m also looking for feeding recommendations as I am sure he gets too many peanuts and junk food. What types of FRESH foods should he be getting and what brand of bird food do you use for your African Grey?
    Thank you for any and all advice. He’s stressed since dad passed and he still talks to me with my dad’s voice. I’m sure that will eventually go away, but right now I love it. 🙂
    One other thing. I’m in CA settling my father’s estate but Tiger and I will be going back to FL to live. Advice on travel? Recommendations on carrier? Should I fly him with me?

    San Mateo, United States

  8. Sally Brooks

    Sally Brooks

    Once you get finally settled, I think its wise to get exam by avian vet.. poor nutrition can lead to illness. feather quality shows need for nutrients. try sweet potato, kale, cooked chickpeas, almonds, walnuts. maybe repeating but nutrition is key. harrison pellet conversion and determine whether he prefers misting shower or bathing.

    Cottonwood, United States

  9. Kate Gill

    Kate Gill
    Could it be possible that he is not getting a good night’s sleep? Just like kids, they get grumpy when they are tired. Maybe consider a sleeping cage or cover is current cage at night is you are not already? Do you know what his routine was in his previous home? Maybe there is something he is missing that is upsetting him?

    Pico Rivera, United States

  10. Kara Siple

    Kara Siple

    Got ville here12 years ago.. He seems to be sweet in the morning. By the afternoon, early evening, he is a monster and wants to attack me. Is this normal? Don’t worry. We aren’t getting rid of him because of this. We know he needs lots of love and patience.

    Greensburg, United States

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