The macaw parrot is extremely vibrant, adapted to live in the colorful habitat of the Central and South American rain forests. They are smart, social birds that gather in groups of 10 to 30. And their loud squawks can be heard throughout the forests. There are over 17 species of macaw; unfortunately, many of them are endangered because of their rapid loss of habitat. The hyacinth macaw is the largest of the parrot family with a wingspan of up to 4 feet long.