At a length of over three feet long, the hyacinth macaw is the longest living species of parrot. It can weigh over three and a half pounds, making it the heaviest flying parrot (outweighed only by the flightless kakapo).
Its coloration is a striking shade of blue all over, with yellow areas of skin around the eye and under the beak. Like other macaws, the parrot’s beak is heavy, large, and hooked.
Like other parrots, the toes of the hyacinth macaw are arranged in an X pattern – two facing forward, two facing backward. This arrangement, called zygodactyl, helps them perch and climb trees better.