Area of zoo
Orange zone
Enclosure status
Population in the wild
IUCN status
Scientific name
Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
Lightly wooded country and palm savannah.

What does the hyacinth macaw look like? 

Not only is it the largest parrot but it is also one of the prettiest. They have deep blue feathers with distinctive yellow markings near their eyes and black beaks. 

Hyacinth macaw facts

  • Hyacinth macaws are the largest parrots in the world. 

  • Their beak pressure is so strong that can easily take apart the bars of a welded wrought iron cage. 

  • They can be heard up to a kilometre away.

What do hyacinth macaws eat?  

Palm nuts, seeds and fruit 

Hyacinth macaw habitat 

Lightly wooded country and palm savannah. 

Where do hyacinth macaws live?  


What threats do hyacinth macaws face?  

Habitat destruction and illegal trapping for their feathers and live bird trade. 

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Birds at the Zoo

  • Spectacled Owl in the forest
    Pulsatrix perspicillata

    Spectacled owl

    Spectacled owls are a rainforest owl species, which hunt at night by watching from a branch with their keen eyesight, then drop silently on to their prey with a swift pounce.

  • Splendid sunbird perched on a flower
    Nectarinia coccinigaster

    Splendid sunbird

    Splendid sunbirds can hoover just like a hummingbird, to feed on nectar from flowers.

  • Humboldt penguin underwater swimming at London Zoo
    Spheniscus humboldti

    Humboldt Penguin

    Humbolt penguins are from the beaches of Peru and Chile, and can swim speeds of up to 30mph!

  • A greater flamingo with a chick
    Greater flamingos

    Greater flamingo

    Flamingos get their beautiful pink colour from the small animals that they eat.

  • Waldrapp ibis at London zoo
    Geronticus eremita

    Waldrapp ibis

    There are only around 250 of these birds left in the wild, spread thinly across many countries.

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