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HYACINTH MACAW(Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
Scientific Name:Anodorhynchus hyacinthinusKigdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataSubphylum: VertebrataClass: AvesOrder: PsittaciformesFamily:PsittacidaeSubfamily: PsittacinaeGenus: AnodorhynchusSpecies:Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
Hyacinth Macaws or Blue Macaws,as they are usually known ,are very social birds and usually seen in pairs.They are most active from morning to mid-afternoon and fly in groups of two to eight and from the feeding grounds. After feeding they return home to their roosting trees around sunset and spend the night there.
Blue Macaws are often described as gentle giants,with gentle and lovingpersonalities.
Food Habits:Granivore(seeds,grains & nuts)and also eat mollusks.Reproduction:Blue macaws are dioecious(sexes separate),monogamous,oviparous,year-round breeding and reach sexual maturity in 6 to 10 years.Lifespan/Longevity:38-80 years(wild) . Their lifespan isestimate around 50 years.
The Hyacinth Macaw plays an important role in its ecosystem and needsour help to prevent it from extinction!!!
The geographic range of blue macaws is from lower Central America to about halfway down the South American Continent and is concentrated south of the Amazon River.They live in a variety of habitats , including deciduous woodland,cerrado & palm groves and the palm-savannas of the Pantanal(in southern Brazil).
As the worlds largest flying parrot,theHyacinth Macaw is extremely distinguishableby its magnificent ultramarine blue plumage.Unfortunately it is their striking appearanceand inquisitive nature ,which make them victims to the international and illegal live-bird trade, a significant cause of theirendangerment.
THE LARGEST PARROT IN THE WORLDENDANGERED!!!!Hyacinth Macaw
CREDITS:Images from Internet
References:Hagan,E.2004.Anodorhynchushyacinthinus(on line),Animal Diversity Web.Acessed April 16,2011.http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Anodorhynchus_hyacinthinus.html.
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