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!
Did you know? Hyacinth macaws have beaks specially designed for cracking the hardest nuts in the world, the Brazil nut!
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. Unlike most parrots that prefer tropical rain forest habitats, this species of macaw usually makes its home in lightly forested areas such as palm swamps and flooded grasslands! At the Aquarium, you can see Margaret during our Animal Encounters throughout the day.
Can't stop by in person to wish Margaret a happy birthday? Leave her a note in the comments section or on our Facebook page!