Learn about the hyacinth macaw, a brilliantly blue bird with plenty of personality.
The hyacinth macaw doesn’t boast the rainbow plumage of other parrots, but its blue feathers may be even more striking. Usually, I would say that the words azure, sapphire, and cobalt should only be used when describing the love interest’s eye colour in a trashy romance novel, but such adjectives really seem to fit the hyacinth macaw. Unfortunately, this bird’s vibrant colouring and sunny personality also make it a $12,000 commodity in the pet trade.
Habitat: the forests and grasslands of Pantanal (a tropical wetland in South America), Brazil, eastern Bolivia, and parts of Paraquay.
Why so blue, hyacinth macaw?
Smart, playful, beautiful—with traits like these, it’s not hard to see why the hyacinth macaw is so prized as a pet. Unfortunately, hunting and trapping for the illegal pet trade is part of the reason that these glorious birds are endangered. For example, an estimated 10,000 birds were taken from the wild in the 1980s. Cattle ranching and technological developments, meanwhile, have destroyed or damaged the hyacinth macaw’s habitat.