Macaw Pictures and Descriptions
The Hyacinth macaw is the most majestic of all parrots. Although the Hyacinth Macaw and Green Wing Macaw are both commonly referred to as the Gentle Giant of the macaw species, the Hyacinths are truly the dream bird of all bird lovers. The Hyacinth macaw can attain the total length of up to 42 inches and have a beak pressure that can easily disassemble a welded wrought iron cage bar by bar in a very short time. In spite of their tremendous strength, this is one of the most laid back and easy-going of all of the macaws.
A Hyacinth Macaw baby must be taught, at a very early age, about not putting pressure on fingers because they could easily hurt someone very badly without the intention to hurt. They just don't realize their own strength. One consideration in acquiring a Hyacinth might be in obtaining a cage that will be strong to contain him. Any cage that is held together with welds may not last for even a year before he realizes that he can snap the welds. All welds on cages for a Hyacinth Macaw should be double welded. Some of the stainless steel cages available are ideal, but you can expect to spend in excess of $2,000 for a cage of this type. Even a stainless cage with welded bars can be disassembled.
If you plan to acquire a Hyacinth Macaw as a family pet, it might also be wise to either get a young bird, shortly after weaning, or one that has been well socialized. Hyacinths are easily trained, and are, by nature, very affectionate birds. If a baby is shy when you get him, it will normally not take much time to get him to respond to affection from you. With properly training and socialization, you couldn't find a more affectionate or responsive macaw as a pet bird.
Be very wary of breeders that will sell an unweaned Hyacinth Macaw baby. Hyacinths are much more sensitive than other macaw babies, and are more likely to dehydrate or develop yeast or bacterial infections than most other macaws. You may be able to purchase one for less at a younger age, but you really won't be saving anything if you lose the baby. Make sure that the breeder that you have chosen is reputable.
It can take up to 5 years for a Hyacinth to reach its full potential in growth. They will not usually be fully matured, physically and mentally, for breeding until they are at least 10 to 15 years old. Although a domestic bird may be physically mature at 4 -5 years of age, they generally are not ready for breeding until 10 years or older.