Originally posted on National Aquarium - WATERblog:
National Aquarium is celebrating a very special birthday today: Margaret, our blue hyacinth macaw, is turning 25!
With the help of our Animal Programs staff, Margaret started her day off with a special enrichment surprise:
Hyacinth macaws are one of the largest species of parrot – they are typically 40 inches in length and can have a wingspan of up to 5 feet! They’re on of the few species of parrot that can even mimic human speech. Margaret can say “Hello” (and she loves to say it a lot!) and is learning to say her name!
In addition to a powerful beak, Margaret has some pretty powerful and nimble feet that help her climb trees, hold food and even play with toys (or in today’s case, rip through a present box filled with newspaper and treats!).
Hyacinth macaws can be found in parts of Brazil, eastern Bolivia, and northeastern Paraguay…
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