Hyacinth Macaw

The Hyacinth Macaw is an amazing creature, with its stunning blue feathers and prominent yellow eye circles, it is truly a sight to behold.

This parrot is known for its beauty as well as its friendly nature and is considered the largest flying parrot species. It is both a symbol of elegance and love in the bird world.

Caring for Hyacinth Macaw

Cage and Environment:

  • Housing a bird of this size requires a commitment to space. The cage should be large enough for the bird to extend its wings fully and move around freely.
  • Providing a variety of perches with different diameters helps in maintaining foot health.
  • Environmental enrichment is critical; offer toys and puzzles to keep the Macaw mentally stimulated.
  • Mimicking their natural habitat to an extent, maintaining a warm temperature and moderate humidity can contribute to their comfort.


  • The diet of a Hyacinth Macaw should be rich and varied, consisting mostly of nuts (especially macadamia nuts, which are high in fat), fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  • A high-quality pellet diet can serve as a good base for proper nutrition.
  • It’s pertinent to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals under a veterinarian’s guidance.
  • Hydration is paramount; always ensure they have access to fresh water.


  • Hyacinth Macaws are inherently social creatures enjoying the company of their human counterparts or other birds.
  • They often greet with a characteristic grunt or a more melodious sound and are known to be quite vocal in the mornings and evenings.
  • Daily interaction is necessary; spending time with your Macaw outside its cage strengthens your bond.
  • Chewers by nature, they need safe, durable toys to satisfy their urge to gnaw.

Health Issues

Hyacinth Macaw
  • Being a rare and exotic species, they’re prone to specific health issues such as proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), psittacosis, and beak and feather diseases.
  • They can suffer from vitamin A deficiency if their diet isn’t appropriately managed.
  • Regular vet check-ups are crucial for early detection and treatment of any health concerns.


  • Hyacinth Macaws have the potential to live for an extensive period, surpassing 50 years when kept in captivity and given excellent care.


  • Owning a Hyacinth Macaw can be quite costly due to its high degree of rarity.
  • Initial costs for a Hyacinth Macaw can range anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000, depending on factors such as age, breeder, and lineage.
  • Ongoing expenses include veterinarian care, a proper diet, and replacing toys and accessories.


Welcoming a Hyacinth Macaw into your home comes with a profound sense of joy and responsibility. Enthusiastic and intelligent, these birds intertwine themselves as part of the family fabric. But remember, with their long lifespan and specific needs, adopting a Hyacinth Macaw is a lifelong commitment that should not be taken lightly. For those who step up to the challenge, the rewards are immeasurable; a companionship vibrant with color, sound, and mutual affection.

Reyus Mammadli/ author of the article

I have had pets since childhood: cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, geese, chickens, ducks, parrots, aquarium fish and dogs (in the yard). Of course, I constantly encountered diseases of pets and treated them. Glad to be able to share my skills and experience, as well as advice on caring for and adapting these critters and birds.

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