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The Grooming Habits of Hyacinth Macaws

The Grooming Habits of Hyacinth Macaws
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Copyright: Laurie Black (laurielblack) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 55] (587)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 10D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 14:46
Viewed: 9781
Points: 8
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The Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) is one of 16 living species of macaws and the largest parrot in the world. There are six genera of macaws and the Hyacinth is one of three species of the genus Anodorhynchus. One of the other two species of this genus is thought to be extinct (A. glaucus, the Glaucus Macaw) and the other (A. leari, called either the Lear's or Indigo Macaw) is severely threatened.

A typical length for the Hyacinth Macaw is 100 centimeters, or about 40 inches. A typical weight of captive-bred adults is 1,250 grams (about 2 pounds). The plumage of these magnificent parrots is predominately a deep cobalt blue (see photos). In natural light, the head appears to be a lighter shade of blue and has an almost iridescent quality. Flight and tail feathers are dark gray on their undersurface. The huge, grey to black bill is deeply curved and sharply pointed. The bill's lack of the tooth-like ridges characteristic of other genera of macaws gave rise to the scientific name for the Anodorhynchus macaws (an=no, odo=tooth, rhynchus=nose). There are two bare areas of the face, a prominent and deeply golden colored eye ring and the peri-mandibular area making a beautiful contrast with the rich blue plumage.

Both observations in the wild and of captive-bred individuals confirm that immatures have similar plumage to adults and that they are very slow to reach independence.

Information from http://hyacinthmacaw.org

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Beautiful composition and definition. With the speed you captured it, it's very precise and medium 5.6 aperture for DOF makes a nice foreground.

Lovely posture of the birds and vivid colours.

Take care, Yan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-18 16:03]

Great shot, Laurie. Sharp details, gorgeous colors, and excellent POV and composition. TFS. : )

great moment, excellent picture

Hello Laurie

Wonderful colours. Great POV. Excellent Macaw attitude captured here. Magnificent details, sharpness and clarity. Only nit is it colud do with more space at the top, but it is minor. Nice work.

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