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Furcula (Wishbone) of a Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus (Hyacinth Macaw)


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Species Description
The Hyacinth Macaw is the largest of the macaws, and the largest flying parrot (outweighed only by the Kakapo of New Zealand). Its numbers decimated by the pet trade, only three main populations exist in the wild, all of which are confined to semi-open woodlands in Brazil. Highly recognizable by its vibrant blue plumage, the Hyacinth Macaw feeds mostly on nuts and seeds, which it uses its large beak to crack; the beak is strong enough to even crack through coconuts. It will also, on occasion, eat fruits and other vegetable matter, and has been observed to take snails (which it opens much the same way as is does nuts). The Hyacinth Macaw is a very social and vocal bird, and is also long-lived, living up to 50 years.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Furcula (Wishbone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Hyacinth Macaw Page

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