However, the neck feathers can sometimes be slightly grey. The ring around the parrots eyes and area just underneath the beak are a strong, vibrant yellow. Food and feeding[ edit ] A hyacinth macaw eating nut at Pantanal in Brazil The majority of the hyacinth macaw diet is Brazil nuts, from native palms, such as acuri and bocaiuva palms. Their strong beaks are even able to crack coconuts , the large brazil nut pods, and macadamia nuts. The birds also boast dry, smooth tongues with a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits.
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A hyacinth macaw eating nut at Pantanal in Brazil The majority of the hyacinth macaw diet is Brazil nuts, from native palms, such as acuri and bocaiuva palms. Their strong beaks are even able to crack coconuts , the large brazil nut pods, and macadamia nuts. The birds also boast dry, smooth tongues with a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits. The hyacinth macaw generally eats fruits, nuts, nectar, and various kinds of seeds.
Also, they travel for the ripest of foods over a vast area. This behaviour was recorded by the English naturalist Henry Walter Bates in his book The Naturalist on the River Amazons , where he wrote that It flies in pairs, and feeds on the hard nuts of several palms, but especially of the Mucuja Acrocomia lasiospatha.
These nuts, which are so hard as to be difficult to break with a heavy hammer, are crushed to a pulp by the powerful beak of this macaw. Reported sightings of tool use in wild parrots go as far back as Examples of tool use that have been observed usually involve a chewed leaf or pieces of wood. Macaws often incorporate these items when feeding on harder nuts.
Their use allows the nuts the macaws eat to remain in position prevent slipping while they gnaw into it. It is not known whether this is learned social behavior or an innate trait, but observation on captive macaws shows that hand-raised macaws exhibit this behavior, as well.
Comparisons show that older macaws were able to open seeds more efficiently. The hyacinth macaw depends on the toucan , for its livelihood. The toucan contributes largely to seed dispersal of the manduvi tree that the macaw needs for reproduction. A possible explanation for this behavior is what is called the insurance hypothesis.
The macaw lays more eggs than can be normally fledged to compensate for earlier eggs that failed to hatch or firstborn chicks that did not survive. General traits Edit Hyacinth macaws are the largest psittacine. They are also very even-tempered and can be calmer than other macaws, being known as "gentle giants". Smaller, fragmented populations may occur in other areas. It prefers palm swamps , woodlands, and other semiopen, wooded habitats. It usually avoids dense, humid forest, and in regions dominated by such habitats, it is generally restricted to the edge or relatively open sections e.
In different areas of their range, these parrots are found in savannah grasslands, in dry thorn forest known as caatinga , and in palm stands,  particularly the Moriche Palm Mauritia flexuosa. Locally, it has been hunted for food, and the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire in south-central Brazil use its feathers to make headdresses and other ornaments.
While overall greatly reduced in numbers, it remains locally common in the Brazilian Pantanal, where many ranch-owners now protect the macaws on their land. This family has the most endangered species of all bird families, especially in the neotropics , the natural home of the hyacinth macaw, where 46 of species are at a serious risk of global extinction.
This genetic structure accentuates the need for protection of hyacinth macaws from different regions to maintain their genetic diversity. Nevertheless, the most important factors negatively affecting the wild population prove to be habitat destruction and nest poaching.
Many young manduvi trees are then being grazed on by cattle or burnt by fire, and the Gerias is speedily being converted to land for mechanized agriculture, cattle ranching, and exotic tree plantations.
Once birds are captured and brought into captivity, their mortality rates can become very high. Due to the poor survival rates of the young, poachers concentrate more heavily on adult birds, which depletes the population at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, animal trafficking is not necessarily viewed as a priority in the city, leaving national departmental and municipal governments unwilling to halt the trade in city centers, and local police reluctant to get involved.
This ideology has in turn resulted in a lack of enforcement regarding trade in both CITES-restricted species and threatened species, with little to no restrictions regarding humane treatment of the animals, disease control, or proper hygiene. Additionally, they have a higher incidence of acute crop stasis than other macaw species due, in part, to their specific dietary requirements.
Many ranch owners in the Pantanal and Gerais, to protect the birds, no longer allow trappers on their properties. Additionally, propositions have been made to assess the effectiveness of artificial nest boxes, enforce legal measures preventing trade, and experiment with ecotourism at one or two sites to encourage donors.
Endangered Species Act have been made to further protective measures in the US and to create Bolivian and Paraguayan trade management authorities under presidential control. While the birds may be in decline in the wild, notably higher populations of captive macaws are being held in zoos and private collections.
Survival rates could also be enhanced if ranch owners would leave all large and potential nest trees standing and eliminate all trapping on their properties.
Ultimately, should these factors work in tandem with erection of nest boxes, fencing off of certain saplings, and the planting of others, the long-term prospects of the hyacinth macaw species would be greatly improved.
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