Hyacinth Macaw

The hyacinth macaw is the largest parrot. It uses its large beak to crack open the shells of nuts. If a shell is particularly hard, it will use the beak to file down an area to break it in half easily.

This is a critically endangered species due to the destruction of its rainforest habitat and the collection of wild birds for sale as pets.

South America

At A Glance

Habitat

Tropical rain forests, palm swamps

Diet

Palm nuts, seeds, palm sprouts and snails

Location

Bolivia and Paraguay