Native: South America – Brazil, Eastern Bolivia and North Eastern Paraguay
Habitat: Riverside rain forests and palm swamps.
Diet: Primarily various nut types – Palm nuts, Brazil nuts, Macadamias and coconuts.
Regarded as the king of all parrots, the Hyacinth Macaw is the largest parrot species in the world. They can measure up to 100cm in length (3.3ft) from head to tip of tale and they are only surpassed in weight by the plump, flightless Kakapo of New Zealand. They are adorned with stunning royal blue feathers and contrasting yellow accents of skin around the eyes and lower beak, a near unique appearance shared only with the smaller and rarer Lear’s Macaw. The desirability of these birds in the pet trade coupled with habitat loss in their native regions has seen their numbers decline over the years, but there are now many conservation efforts in place all around the world helping the future outlook of this majestic bird look brighter than ever.
Our Neville: Hyacinths are known as gentle giants, and Neville is no exception. He is one of the most sociable Macaws you will meet on our path and loves interacting with his admirers. The Neville you encounter on any given day can range from calm and cuddly, wanting nothing more than for you to run your hands through his feathers, to boisterous and playful, grabbing hold of anything in site with that giant beak just to see what it’s made of. With the ability to generate 72lbs per square inch of pressure with that monstrous honker on his face, Neville can easily remove any shiny trinkets that take his fancy from your personnel, so keep anything you don’t want damaged out of sight or else Neville will take it as a souvenir!