Happy 26th Birthday, Margaret!

Published October 01, 2014

Today, we’re celebrating a very special birthday. Margaret, the National Aquarium’s hyacinth macaw, turned 26!

Margaret started her day with a special enrichment gift from our Animal Programs team:


Found throughout central and eastern South America, with a large part of their population in Brazil, hyacinth macaws make their homes in lightly forested areas, such as palm swamps and flooded grasslands.

Hyacinth macaws are intelligent birds, using vocalization to keep in contact with each other, and can even mimic human speech. Margaret can already say “hello” and is learning to speak her name.


With a wingspan that can reach up to five feet long, hyacinth macaws are one of the largest species of parrot. They use their powerful beaks to crack open the shells of hard nuts and seeds. In addition, agile feet allow these birds to climb trees, perch on branches and pick up food—or, in today’s case, to open a birthday present filled with special treats!

Can’t stop by to wish Margaret a happy birthday today? Leave her a birthday wish in the comments section below!

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