Big and Blue

 

 

Do you ever feel blue? The hyacinth macaw does, and that's a good thing! The largest of all parrots, hyacinth macaws are covered with bright blue feathers (that's where they get their name—hyacinth is a shade of blue.) and rings of yellow skin around their eyes. Their feet have two toes that point forward and two that point backward. They grow to up to 39 inches long (including their tail) and can weigh 3 1/2 pounds! 

 

Hyacinth macaws live in the trees in swamps, forests, and near rivers in Southern Brazil and Western Bolivia. They eat seeds, nuts, and berries. They travel together in flocks of 1 to 8 birds and call loudly to talk to each other.

 

Not only are these birds big, they live a long time—up to 50 years or more! You can see hyacinth macaws in person at the Zoo, and you can even watch one in a movie: Rio the 4-D Experience is now playing in Discovery Outpost. Check it out by clicking here