Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw)
Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw) teaches you how to summon Hyacinth Macaw, a parrot companion. It is the first epic-quality companion obtainable outside of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. The second one is which is only obtainable through Archaeology. This item is bind to account, which makes the Hyacinth Macaw the only tradeable epic companion.
Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw) has a small chance of dropping off any mob in Northern Stranglethorn and The Cape of Stranglethorn. The drop rate has not been published, but it is estimated to be extremely low.
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 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): Undocumented change - This item was changed from common to epic quality.