Think you know about hyacinth macaws? Take this quiz and find out!

1. The scientific name for the hyacinth macaw is:

a. Psittaciformes

b. Aves

c. A. hyacinthinus

d. ararauna

2. One misconception about the hyacinth macaw is that it is primarily a rainforest bird. Where does it live?

a. Panama

b. It commutes to Mexico

d. It does indeed live in the rainforest!

d. It usually avoids dense humid forest, selecting woodlands, other lightly-wooded habitats and the Pantanal.

3. The hyacinth macaw is the heaviest of all parrots.

a. True

b. False

4. The Hyacinth passed their “big bill” genes down to their babies, which lead to larger bills in each generation. Why?

a. There was less of a rainy season.

b. Palm nuts became more rare.

c. The Palm plant produces a better-defended seed with a more difficult outer coating to crack each succeeding generation.

d. They were genetically predisposed to large beaks.

5. These are some threats to the Pantanal region; a favorite habitat of the hyacinth macaw. Which one is not a threat?

a. A portion of it is a national park.

b. Commercial fishing

d. Deforestation

d. Cattle ranching

Check Your Answers!

  1. The correct answer is C. The full name of the species is Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus.
  2. The correct answer is D. The Pantanal is a huge gently-sloped basin that receives runoff from the upland areas.
  3. The correct answer is D or false. The hyacinth macaw is the largest in size although the flightless kakapo of New Zealand can outweigh it by up to 8 pounds.
  4. The correct answer is C. The individual hyacinth macaws with the largest bills probably were better able to crack the seeds and so those birds survived.
  5. The correct answer is A. A portion of the Pantanal in Brazil has been protected as the Pantanal Matogrossense National Park.

I am the editor in chief of Bird Talk Magazine, a California native, journalist, vegan and the proud owner of Forest and River, two German Shephards, and a turquoise green-cheeked conure named Blue.

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