Happy 25th Birthday, Margaret!

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:

national aquarium hyacinth macaw

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!

national aquarium hyacinth macaw

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!).

national aquarium hyacinth macaw

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

11 Responses to “Happy 25th Birthday, Margaret!”


  1. 1 coralmeds October 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Coralmeds and commented:
    Happy birthday!

  2. 3 Sue October 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    You are such a beautiful color. You take my breath away. Happy Birthday Margaret and I hope you have many, many more.

  3. 4 bealady101 October 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! Just curious, does the newspaper make it more exciting for her because she has to search for the treats, or is there something about the newspaper itself that she likes?

    • 5 National Aquarium October 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Great question! It’s a bit of both, actually :)

      Margaret loves to rip through any and all paper (phone books are her all-time favorite). The treats are just an added bonus!

  4. 6 Mike Abe October 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Happy Birthday Margaret, Hope you had a great day :)

  5. 7 Patti October 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Margaret! Wish I could be there to help you celebrate!

  6. 8 Helen Hirzel October 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARGARET……..NEXT TIME WE VISIT WE HOPE WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE YOU HELEN

  7. 9 Dennis October 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Happy 25th Birthday to you, Margaret, from this young 25 year old Blue and Gold Macaw, Bruno!

  8. 10 Dennis & Denise October 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Leo our green wing macaw and Avian Wonders here in Michigan wishes Margaret a happy 25th…..


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