Hyacinth Macaws-Info-2nd Nov 2017

Hyacinth Macaws-Info-2nd Nov 2017

Hyacinth Macaw or Hyacinthine Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. It is largest flying parrot in the world. Hyacinth Macaw is 100 cm (3.3 ft) long from the tip of its tail to the top of its head and weighs 1.2-1.7 kg (2.6-3.7 lb). Each wing is 388-425 mm (15.3-16.7 in) long. It is one of the two large blue Macaws with massive bill, more uniformly violet-blue plumage. In wild they feed on palm fruits and coconuts, seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetable matter. It is IUCN Red listed vulnerable species. Shuka Vana hosts Hyacithine Macaws that are human friendly and can mimic few words like “hello”, “Rama”, “Datta”, “Jaya Guru Datta Appaji” and “Nanna da” (‘dad come here’ in Telugu language). They enjoy being pamperd by Sri Swamiji. They also consume around 20ml of handfeeding formula only from Sri Swamiji when He is feeding other young birds in the aviary. Their favorite play is to open the tap in their enclosure to hear the water splashing on the floor. During summers, they open the tap and screeches to indicate that it’s feeling hot and needs mist spray. They enjoy flight and spending time with people. In between flights these birds perch on the trees in Shuka Vana and gain attention of visitors by responding to them with sounds similar to speech with exactly similar intervals. Swinging, holding branches and chewing wooden toys, perches, branches are part of their play. All four birds are friendly with each other and with other friends in Shuka Vana which include Mana (Blue-and-Gold Macaw), Leo (Blue-Throated Macaw), Dola (Medium Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo), Atri (Scarlet Macaw), and Nisha (Green-Winged Macaw).
At Shuka Vana, 35-40% of diet is mixed sliced seasonal fruits, 10% is sprouts of 9 different dicotyledons and 20% of mixed fresh vegetables, and occasionally green leafy vegetables to maintain a balanced diet. Mixed seeds of 30-35% of their total diet includes sunflower, safflower, pumpkin, groundnut, pieces of almond and a small ratio of cashew nuts and almonds. They are served to provide fatty nutrition required for feather conditioning and health of the bird. Coconut meat, sweet corn and sugarcane are served twice in a week. Walnuts are served with shell every day along with seeds. Thus a balanced activity along with nutritious diet facilitates a happy and healthy keeping of these giant macaws.

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