Brazil: Pantanal – Hyacinth Macaws

Hyacinth Macaw is the largest of all the macaws and the bird is truly spectacular – almost 1m/3.3ft long from head to tail, and almost flyers scent deep color! They are common in the Pantanal area (in fact it is often considered a symbol of Pantanal) but very rare in the other parts of South America, including the Amazon. Interestingly, their diet is almost 100% made from consuming nuts of the palm trees, acuri and bocaiuva palms. Neither are edible to humans as they are too hard to crack, but macaws have most powerful beaks in the bird world and they can cracks the nuts with ease. They are quite social and I saw a tree with about a dozen together. They are also quite inquisitive and don’t get scared of humans.