Hyacinth Macaw

Anodorhynchus Hyacinthinus


Hyacinth Macaws are the largest macaw reaching lengths up to 40 inches length from beak to tail with a wingspan of 46” inches or more.

Average Lifespan:

+60 years


Known as the ‘Gentle Giant’, a hand –fed and properly socialized Hyacinth Macaws are known for being very docile and sweet. They are eager for attention and love to play with their owners.

They are very intelligent and sociable parrots and they do very well as companion pets. Handfed Hyacinth Macaws are very affectionate and love attention, head scratching and cuddling.


It is often referred to simply as the “blue macaw.” 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.


Hyacinth Macaws like all parrots, should be offered a high quality commercial seed/pellet mix in addition to daily servings of a variety of bird-safe fruits and vegetables. A fresh and varied diet will make sure that your Hyacinth Macaw receives proper nutrition. Avoid high fat treats.

Hyacinth Macaws require a specialized diet. The hyacinth macaw’s diet is very high in fat, and though you may not be able to find palm nuts which are the main staple of their diet in the wild so you will need to substitute palm nuts with macadamias and additionally with Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, coconut, pistachios and cashews In addition to being offered a high quality commercial seed/pellet mix. The will also need daily servings of a variety of bird-safe fruits and vegetables. A fresh and varied diet will make sure that your Hyacinth Macaw receives adequate nutrition.


Hyacinth Macaws are large birds, and should be provided with ample space and time to play and stretch their muscles. They should be allowed outside of their cages for a minimum of 3 to 5 hours a day, and should also be given plenty of chew toys to help them exercise their powerful beaks and jaws.

Cage Requirements:

Minimum size cage is 48” x 48” x 66+” Dome top cages with lots of stimulating chew toys are required. Macaws NEED the largest and strongest cage possible. Play tops are not recommended because they confine and restrict the bird. Free standing perches and/or play stands are highly recommended. Stainless Steel cages always preferred if possible. Corner cages should be avoided. Round Cages are prohibited.

The Hyacinth Macaw loves to play and will require a variety of toys. Because of its size, its beak and playful disposition, many toys will be needed.

Hyacinth Macaws as Pets:

Hyacinth macaws are beautiful, intelligent, and captivating social birds. We are extremely fond of these gorgeous, brightly colored majestic parrots. They thrive on human companionship and interaction & love to be cuddled and petted. They bond very strongly with their human flock.

The Hyacinth prefers to be around their human companion and although content to be on its perch they prefer to follow you around the house. If you are in another room they will frequently contact call to make sure you are still there. This requires a response from you to insure your child you will be back shortly. Their call is quite raucous.

Hyacinth Macaws are typically loveable, with an outgoing personality. They are vocal birds that often love to sing and can obtain a large vocabulary. They are full of personality and have even temperaments which make them great pets. Like most parrots, Hyacinth’s thrive on attention and form strong bonds with their family members.

The Hyacinth Macaw is eager for attention and play and because of its gentle and even disposition, it is easier than most parrots to handle and train. They’re eager to please and be with you and respond well to training.

Hyacinths will learn approximately 15-20 words or word phrases.

If you think a Hyacinth Macaw might be the right bird for you, feel free to contact Michael Carhart at Aviary by the Sea to further discuss this and he will help you decide whether or not this species is a good choice for your lifestyle.