The hyacinth macaw is the largest (by size) parrot in the world and the second heaviest after the New Zealand flightless kakapo. The majority of the hyacinth macaw's diet is composed of nuts from specific palm tree species. With their strong beaks, they are even able to crack open coconuts, large brazil nut pods, and macadamia nuts.
This species is listed as Vulnerable on the ICUN Redlist.
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In Paraguay this species is called Gua'a hovy, a name from the Indigenous Guarani language. There are very few of these birds left in Paraguay due to the wildlife trade, but in recent years successful nests have been documented due to intense nest protection efforts.