The striking hyacinth macaw is the world’s longest parrot, endemic today to just three main populations in South America: in the Pantanal region of Brazil, eastern Bolivia and north-eastern Paraguay. They live in palm swamps and woodlands.
The macaw feeds mainly on nuts from acuri and bocaiuva palms, as well as a wide variety of seeds and tree fruits.
Hyacinth macaw numbers are in decline due to the illegal pet trade and destruction of their habitat. With no more than 6,500 individuals in the wild and numbers decreasing, the species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
Our pair of hyacinth macaws, Gregory and Mrs Gregory, are part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species.