Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw)
Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw) teaches you how to summon Hyacinth Macaw, a parrot companion. It was the first epic-quality companion obtainable outside of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. The second one was , which is only obtainable through Archaeology.
Prior to patch 8.1.5 changing its quality, this item was the only tradable epic companion.
The jungle trolls train these birds to mimic calls for help in order to lure unsuspecting travelers into traps.
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This companion used to only drop from the various Bloodsail pirates in Stranglethorn Vale. Its drop chance was extremely low—some estimated it to be as low as 1 in 10,000. Because it dropped only rarely from a limited pool of mobs, it was notoriously difficult to farm and could sell for tens of thousands of gold on some realms (new players sometimes mistakenly sold it for a low price on the auction house; it was later changed from common to epic quality to help prevent this). In patch 4.0.3a this companion became a zone drop, presumably making it easier to obtain and lowering its value.
- Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Many items that grant companion pets have been adjusted in rarity, to better match the rarity of the resultant pet. The quality of pets was not changed.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now a zone drop in Northern Stranglethorn and The Cape of Stranglethorn.
- Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): This item was changed from common to epic quality.