Great Dane Of Companion Birds.

Great Dane Of Companion Birds.

Written By: Natasha Published In: Bird-Blog Created Date: 2016-12-13 Hits: 392 Comment: 0

The hyacinth macaw is possibly the most stunning of the macaw family, and is certainly the largest. It is the largest of all parrots. The hyacinth is the “Great Dane” of companion birds, with the mature male reaching over 40 inches in length. Very few people actually have a hyacinth macaw as a companion, and will probably only has the pleasure of seeing one in a zoo or a larger bird shop. Despite its size, penchant for destruction, loudness and expense, this blue macaw is the penultimate companion bird for the person who has the time, patience and wallet to properly keep this beautiful beast. The hyacinth macaw is a stunning cobalt color all over its body, with a ring of bright yellow around its eye and the same color yellow at the base and the corners of its beak. It is often referred to simply as a “blue macaw.” The hyacinth is not twice as large as other large macaws, though its big personality makes other macaws seem like dwarves in its presence.

Personality & Behavior:
Often called a “gentle giant” the hyacinth macaw is indeed affectionate, but gentle it is not. Hyacinths subdue very easily, but they tend to want to play rough with other hyacinth macaws, and with their “person.” Its beak carries over 200 pounds of pressure per square inch – that means that it could snap a broomstick in half with one crunch. Even a very tame hyacinth macaw can still be nippy (if you could call that big beak nippy), but that is usually playful behavior. Because its beak is so intimidating, this bird is best kept by a person who is not daunted by the thought of being bitten — there’s no guarantee, even with the tamest bird, that the occasional bite will not happen.

Temperament:
A Hyacinth Macaw is smart and inquisitive. If a Hyacinth Macaw baby is shy when you get him, it will normally not take much time to get him to respond to affection from you. However, training a Hyacinth Macaw is vital. An untrained Hyacinth Macaw can cause a number of bloody fingers around the house.

Hyacinth Macaws in Brief: 
Adult Size: 88 cm / 34.64 inches
Weight: 1.2–1.7 kg (2.6–3.7 lbs.) 
Life Span: 55 - 80 years.

Health & Common Conditions: 
Hyacinth macaws are especially prone to overgrown beaks and need a steady supply of safe items to chew. As with other macaw species, hyacinth macaws are susceptible to proventricular dilatation disease (“Macaw Wasting Disease”), psittacosis and papilloma.  A diet catering to a hyacinth macaw’s special needs as well as regular health exams is a key to maintaining good health.

Feeding: 
In the wild, Hyacinths primarily feed on fruit, green vegetation, and nuts, especially the nuts from the arcuri and bocaiuva palms. In captivity, they do well on a diet of fruit, vegetables, leafy greens and plenty of nuts, particularly the macadamia nut, as they require more carbohydrates than other parrot species. A pet Hyacinth's diet can be supplemented with specially formulated species specific pellets.

Hyacinth Macaws as Pets:
Because these birds demand more time and attention than other species, Hyacinth Macaws are definitely not the right pets for just anybody. Large, beautiful, and intelligent, they can be quite alluring, but resist the temptation to bring a Hyacinth home without thoroughly thinking it through. These birds are an enormous undertaking and a long time commitment.

A Hyacinth Macaw's beak is a powerful tool, which means that they must be taught at an early age not to "mouth" their human caregivers, no matter how gently. Thankfully, they are usually quite docile and easygoing, and seem to enjoy learning and human companionship. Another issue that arises from a Hyacinth's strong beak is that of adequate housing. Many Hyacinth owners have been surprised to find that their birds can reduce a regular cage to rubble. The best bet for a Hyacinth is a cage made of stainless steel. Stainless steel cages are far more durable and long lasting and the benefits of owning one for years and years far outweighs the cost in the long run. A stainless steel cage is a worthwhile investment. These big birds need plenty of room to exercise and play, as well as plenty of supervision to make sure they do not get into anything dangerous. Do not adopt or purchase a Hyacinth Macaw if you don't have time to spend with it. If time is something you have a lot of to spend with these marvelous birds, a Hyacinth can quickly become your best friend. Bonding to this bird is an easy thing when you have the time to spend with them.
Hyacinths have been called the friendliest of the Macaws, and in general, they do seem to take more of an interest in humans than certain other species. If you have the time, finances and space to devote to a Hyacinth Macaw, you may just find that these bright blue beauties are the birds of your dreams.

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