Friday, January 31, 2014

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw
The Hyacinth Macaw or Hyacinths Macaw is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. With a length of about 100 cm it is longer than any other species of parrot. It is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species though the flightless Kapok of New Zeal and can outweigh it at up to 3.5 kg. While generally easily recognized it can be confused with the far rarer and smaller Lear's Macaw. Habitat loss and trapping wild birds for the pet trade has taken a heavy toll on their population in the wild and as a result the species is classified as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List and it is protected by its listing on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora .The largest parrot by length in the world, the Hyacinth Macaw is 100 cm  long from the tip of its tail to the top of its head and weighs 1.2-1.7 kg .Each wing is 388-425 mm  long.The tail is long and pointed. Its feathers are entirely blue lighter above and darker on its wings.It has a large black curved beak. It has a lappet of bright yellow bare skin on the left and right of its face adjacent to the base of its lower beak and an eyeing of yellow bare skin encircle each eye.Male and female are identical in external appearance and juveniles resemble adults except they have shorter tails and the yellow on their faces is paler.


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