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The Odd Couple Hyacinth Macaw and Scarlet Macaw, both native to South America - seen here at The National Aviary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.<br />
No laughing matter for these two, working their way through some very real  power struggles - but I couldn&#039;t help see the humour in it, watching their shenanigans as they tried to outwit each other for top spot on the best branch.  Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus,Blue,Geotagged,Hyacinth Macaw,Psittacidae,Scarlet Macaw,The National Aviary Pittsburgh,United States,Winter,bird,captive animal,parrot,red Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

The Odd Couple

Hyacinth Macaw and Scarlet Macaw, both native to South America - seen here at The National Aviary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
No laughing matter for these two, working their way through some very real power struggles - but I couldn't help see the humour in it, watching their shenanigans as they tried to outwit each other for top spot on the best branch.

    comments (2)

  1. Unfortunately, this can have serious consequences. The Hyacinth Macaw has a bite strength (PSI) not far short of a hyena. Recently at a parrot sanctuary I worked at, a Hyacinth took the top beak of a Blue & Gold clean off. He is now waiting for a titanium prosthetic. Another Hyacinth also took the beak off a severe macaw and killed it.
    Sorry Ruth, but it always worries me when Hyacinths are with other macaws.
    By the way, the aviary was the size of a football field and 12mtrs high, so space not necessarily an issue.
    Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. Sorry, not 12...20mtrs!
      Posted 2 months ago

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The Hyacinth Macaw , or Hyacinthine Macaw, is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. With a length of about 100 cm it is longer than any other species of parrot. It is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species, though the flightless Kakapo of New Zealand can outweigh it at up to 3.5 kg. While generally easily recognized, it can be confused with the far rarer and smaller Lear's Macaw. Habitat loss and trapping wild birds for the pet trade has taken a heavy toll.. more

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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Dec 28, 2018. Captured Feb 18, 2014 15:05 in 952 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO400
  • 80mm