The Hahns macaw is one of the more popular mini-macaw species. Mini macaws have the same physical attributes as their larger macaw cousins, but in scaled-down proportions. They are a favorite of macaw fanciers due to their compact size, intelligence and superb pet quality. Though Hahn’s macaws are not as flashy as larger macaws, they, along with their close cousin, the noble macaw (Ara nobilis cumanensis), is highly prized for their “large macaw” personality in a mini-macaw body.
Native Region / Natural Habitat
Care & Feeding
As with any other bird, the Hahns macaw needs a well-balanced, nutritious diet to survive, the lack of which will greatly reduce its life span. Macaws need a nutritious, interesting diet. Check out Lafeber’s Nutri-Berries, Avi-Cakes, and Premium Daily Diet.
These birds need space and exercise, and will become overweight if confined for too many hours a day. Remember, too, that macaws are extremely intelligent birds and need a lot of stimulation to maintain a healthy attitude. A depressed or unhappy macaw can develop neurosis and self-mutilating disorders. These birds are reported to live for more than 40 to 50 years if cared-for properly.
Personality & Behavior
Like larger macaws, the Hahn’s mini macaw is very intelligent and quick to learn vocalizations and tricks, including opening the cage door. When hand-raised, a Hahns macaw can make a wonderful pet. Owners will be charmed by their antics. Hahn’s are active birds, always on the lookout for something fun to chew or climb on, so watch out for your furniture and drapes.
Hahns mini macaws are far more appropriate for children than a larger macaw is. They are easier to handle because of their smaller size, and their sweet temperament makes them less prone to nipping. However, take caution where birds and children are concerned — there is always the potential for injury on both sides.
Speech & Sound
Hahn’s macaws are between 12 and 14 inches long, making them more suitable for apartment living than a large macaw — but only if your neighbors are deaf. These are noisy birds, especially if you have more than one. Their voices are grating — Hahn’s are not the most pleasant-sounding birds in the parrot family.
Hahn’s macaws can be wonderful talkers, however, and will learn many words and phrases. Hahn’s macaws are good whistlers, too, but may take to whistling over talking, so teach them to talk before you give whistling lessons.
Health & Common Conditions
Like other macaws, Hahn’s macaws are prone to self-mutilation/feather plucking, and nutritional disorders, and a variety of diseases, including Macaw Wasting Syndrome, as well as overgrown beaks. A nutritionally balanced diet and regular veterinary health exams can help keep your scarlet macaw healthy and thriving.
Get a Hahn’s Macaw
The Hahn’s macaw is easier to find than some of the other macaw species. It is a favorite of bird breeders because the space it takes to breed these birds is far less than with the much larger macaws. You likely won’t find a Hahn’s mini macaw in large pet stores, but from avian-specialty stores and from bird breeders.
The smallest of the miniature macaws, the Hahn’s macaw is primarily green with a fleshy white face-patch. Hahn’s macaws are smaller than some of the larger conure species, and can easily be mistaken for a conure by a novice.
Common Health Problems
Like other macaws, Hahn’s macaws are prone to self-mutilation/feather plucking, overgrown beaks, nutritional disorders, proventricular dilatation disease (a digestive disorder, also called macaw wasting syndrome), and psittacosis (a common avian bacterial infection).
Like all parrots, wild Hahn’s macaws 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 parrot with at least two hours of supervised out-of-cage playtime a day.
Social and intelligent, Hahn’s macaws respond quickly to training which gives birds mental stimulation and keeps them from getting bored. You will have a lot of fun teaching these little birds tricks. Introduce new tasks throughout their lives to keep them mentally engaged.
With these parrots, it’s best to ignore unwanted behavior—including excessive noise. Scolding has the opposite effect; it shows the bird that loud, stern squawking is an acceptable form of communication. Your best approach is positive reinforcement. Reward good behavior and quiet moments, and your little bird will start to understand what is acceptable behavior. They aim to please their keepers and handlers.
- Social, friendly, can get along with children
- Intelligent, can learn to talk and do tricks
- Smaller size, does not need a typical macaw cage
- Can be noisy, not well-suited for apartments
- Requires at least 2 hours of supervised out-of-cage time
- Can be nippy as a young bird
Intelligent and charming, Hahns macaws are popular pets. Be aware, however, that while they may be small, they pack all the personality of a larger parrot into their compact body. Expect many fun-filled hours watching their spirited antics.
Their compact size makes them suitable for bird lovers who live in smaller spaces or anyone with children. However, these birds are not suited for apartment living; they can be quite noisy when they feel like it.
Overall, the Hahn’s macaw tends to be a very gentle bird. If you adopt a young bird, it may nip a bit, but they usually grow out of that habit. They will also calm down as they mature. When socialized, they can be sweet little birds that get along well with children as long as both parties interact appropriately with one another.