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Two toes point forward and two toes points backward, allowing the hyacinth macaw to maintain a secure grip on a tree branch. The hyacinth macaw’s strong, hooked beak is designed for cracking open nuts, a favorite of which is the oil palm nut.


front view of a hyacinth macaw

Did You Know?

The macaw communicates through its brilliant color and loud voice, which also make it an easy target for hunters.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus

North-central South America

3 ft

24 yrs

Zoo Location:
Ameritas Wings of Wonder

Nuts and fruit

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)