Josie (Hyacinth Macaw)

Get to know Josie

Josie was hatched in 1998 or later and is a female hyacinth macaw. After years of producing many baby birds, Josie’s owners decided to start reducing their breeding flock and among the many other adults being rehomed was Josie. I always dreamed of someday caring for a hyacinth macaw and when I saw her listed on their website, I had to inquire. I called a few days after initially seeing her on the list of birds for sale and after learning everything I needed to know, I decided to put a deposit on her. I had to wait almost a month before I was finally ready to bring her home. The breeder shipped her from Ontario and I picked her up on September 22nd. Soon after arriving home I found out that she had cataracts in both eyes and was completely blind on her left side. She could see shadows on the right side but it was likely she would loose her vision completely in time. Thankfully the breeder was very understanding of the situation when notified and was willing to make right of the situation. A month later I also found out she had a fatty tumour and had to have that surgically removed! She’s always had a positive attitude towards life and has taught me so much since bringing her home 6 months ago. I couldn’t care less that she’s blind, I love her no matter what and she has the most gentle and kind personality that I’ve ever seen in a bird which speaks true to hyacinth macaws being “gentle giants”. I couldn’t imagine life without her and I know in my heart she was meant to have a home here and I hope to have a long life together.