Most Expensive Parrot in the World

The Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) is the most expensive parrot in the world and can cost as much as $40,000.

Due to its high price tag, the Hyacinth Macaw is known to be the “Rolls-Royce” of parrots.

This beautiful, cobalt-blue jet-blue parrot which is native to South and Central America is also the world’s largest parrot measuring 40 inches from head to tail, a wingspan of 4 feet, and weighing 2.6 – 3.7 pounds.

In terms of weight though, the flightless Kakapo of New Zealand is heavier outweighing it up to 3.5 kg.

These parrots are vanishingly rare compared to other varieties, and while they are especially beautiful, this rarity is really what has driven their price up.

The Hyacinth Macaws are known for their blue feathers, yellow cheeks, and black under-wings.

Although the Hyacinth Macaw can easily be distinguished, it can sometimes be confused with the smaller Lear’s macaw. 

These long-lived parrots which can live more than 60 years are also known for their brains and disposition.

And although they are easy to train, they are quite expensive to feed and house.

Aside from buying the birds and the cage, you also need to buy them toys. Macaws need big, colorful toys to chew on as they can chew large chunks of wood into toothpicks.

There is one thing that sets these beautiful birds apart from the rest- their beaks.

Their beaks are so strong because they need them to eat their favorite foods, such as kernels of hard nuts and seeds.

With this strong beak, the Hyacinth Macaw can easily crack coconuts. It can also eat fruits, pine nuts, and other vegetables.

You can say that they have adapted pretty well given the conditions of their environment.

So, in case you decide to choose this rare and exotic pet, bear in mind that they aren’t the safest companions to have.

However, they are more laid back than most of the birds you are used to.

In part, the species have been classified as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List because of habitat loss from agriculture and ranching, as well as hunting by indigenous people for food and headdress decoration.

The primary cause of their population decline, however, has been the pet trade.

There are estimates that 10,000 of them were illegally collected from the wild for illegal trade in the 1980s – with the price of a captive bird reaching up to $12,000.

It is now believed that only 7,000 Hyacinth macaws remain in the wild, while three other related species of macaw are extinct or believed to be extinct.

This rare bird is also protected by its listing in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  Indeed, they are the most coveted parrots in the world.

It is a rare and threatened species that should only be kept by a dedicated owner who can provide for its special needs.

This bird should only be kept by an owner who has the time, financial resources, and patience to care for such a sensitive and unique bird that is nearly as large as a bald eagle.

This is a bird, which for good reasons is more common in zoos than it is in private homes.

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