The Hahn's Macaw is the smallest of all macaws, measuring just 12 inches from its beak to the tip of its tail. Social and intelligent, they respond quickly to training and form close bonds with their owners. The Hahn's Macaw is one of two varieties of Red-Shouldered Macaws, which are native to northern South America. These birds can live for more than 30 years.
Hahn's Macaws are capable of learning many tricks and behaviors and can become good talkers with practice.
While they do exhibit many typical macaw behaviors such as screaming, they are a good choice for the bird lover that wants a macaw but isn't quite ready to take on one of the big guys.
Colors of the Hahn's Macaw
Mature Hahn's Macaws are primarily green with darker greenish-blue feathers on their foreheads. They have a spot of bright red on the undersides of their wings in addition to black feet and a black beak. At maturity, their eyes resemble a burnt orange color, framed by the macaw's classic white eye rings.
Feeding and Exercise for the Hahn's Macaw
Like all parrots, wild Hahn's Macaws are built to fly for long distances every day. In captivity, a Hahn's Macaw also needs an adequate amount of time out of the cage to play, exercise, and stretch its muscles.
Provide your Hahn's Macaw with at least 2 hours of supervised out-of-cage playtime a day, and your bird will be a healthy and well-socialized pet.
Hahn's Macaws as Pets
Intelligent and charming, Hahn's Macaws are naturally popular pets. Potential owners need to be aware, however, that while the Hahn's Macaws might be small, they pack all the personality of a larger parrot into that tiny bundle of feathers.
If you adopt a Hahn's Macaw, don't be surprised if it decides to assume the role of your morning alarm clock. They can and will get loud when they feel like it.
Personality traits aren't where the similarities between the Hahn's and larger Macaws end. Because they are true Macaws, they need all the social, dietary, and exercise requirements that come with larger birds. Those interested in owning a Hahn's Macaw should be sure that they have plenty of free time to spending training and bonding with their bird. A bored Macaw can become an angry, destructive Macaw, and that only ends up in sore fingers, frustrated owners and sometimes even damaged property.
Caring for a Hahn's Macaw
Before you buy a macaw or any other parrot, be sure you are up to the task. Hahn's Macaws are known to live up to 30 years and beyond, so this is definitely a long-term pet. Prices for veterinary bills, quality feed, toys, and cages add up quickly. If you can't give your bird the best of everything, consider holding off on adopting one until you can, or, choose a pet that might be a little more low-maintenance.