In the next few blogs, we will be focusing on the different species of macaws currently available in the pet trade. This blog will be focusing on two species of mini macaws, both of which we currently have available at Golden Cockatoo located in Deerfield Beach, FL – Severe and Hahn’s Macaws. Like their larger cousins, the “mini” macaws are highly intelligent and need plenty of toys and free time to keep them from getting bored and developing unwanted behaviors such as screaming or feather plucking. Mini macaws are not quite as louder as the larger macaws, but they do have a good set of lungs on them. So, you want to keep that in mind before bringing any macaw into your home.
Like their larger cousins, mini macaws need a diet higher in fat than most parrots. So, a varied diet including seeds, pellets, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables is very important to the health of your bird.
The smaller macaws are very playful. It’s not unusual to walk into a room and find them hanging upside down from their favorite toy, swinging back and forth. They are curious, fun little birds. However, their curiousity may get them in trouble at times – so be sure to keep an eye on your mini when he or she is outside their cage.
The mini macaws can become one person birds so it’s very important that they are socialized at a young age with everyone in the household. They are more nervous than their larger cousins, so introducing a new person into their lives will require time and patience. However, they bond quickly with their owners. So, it’s a good rule of thumb to have everyone in the house set aside some time to play and interact with your bird on a daily basis.
Mini macaws are also avid chewers. So, a variety of wood toys can provide hours of entertainment and will help to keep their beak trimmed in a more natural way. Not to say that your bird won’t need an occasional beak trim, but wooden toys will help to keep it at a natural and healthy length. Mini Macaws also tend to be very active so a larger cage is preferred especially if you will not be able to give your bird a good amount of “free” (or uncaged) time. Let’s get down to it and talk about the two species.
Severe macaws are one of the largest of the mini macaws. Their life span is approximately 30 years – and even longer in some cases. They are friendly and comical and have an impressive speaking ability. Most severe macaws will have a vocabulary of several words and phrases and some may pick up words so quickly you will find yourself watching everything you say around them. It’s often been said that Severe macaws are large macaws trapped in mini bodies.
Because of their intelligence, they do require a good amount of mental stimulation. They will need several toys in their cages (and on their stands) as well as a good amount of “people time” to keep them from getting bored and developing unwanted behaviors. Severe macaws should be given plenty of “free” time. Two to four hours of free time per day is preferred for these active little birds. They can do tricks and actually pick them up quite easily.
Severe macaws are mainly an iridescent green with dark chestnut patches on their foreheads and beaks. They have a blue crown and red patches on the edges of their wings. Their tail feathers are blue with red undersides. Severes can reach up to 18 inches in length – of that – about half is their tail.
To learn more about Severe Macaws, click here.
The Hahn’s macaw is the smallest of the mini macaws. Their life span is approximately 30 years and maybe a little longer. They too, are friendly and comical. A hand fed Hahn’s tends to be extremely tame and loving. They have a very sweet temperament and are easy going little birds! They are great for the novice bird owner and good for someone who wants a macaw but isn’t quite ready for one of the “big guys.”
Hahn’s macaws are also highly intelligent and require a good amount of mental stimulation like their cousins, the Severe macaws. They can learn a variety of tricks very quickly. With patience and repetition, they will also learn to talk; however, they are more prone to pick up on the “sounds” around them…like the alarm clock, phone, microwave, dogs, cats, etc.
Hahn’s macaws are mainly green with a darker green-blue on their foreheads. They have a bright red spot on the underside of their wings. Hahn’s can reach up to 12-14 inches in length.
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Stop in and visit our Severe and Hahn’s babies. Golden Cockatoo is located in Deerfield Beach, FL and conveniently located between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Delray, Boynton and West Palm Beach, Florida. We look forward to seeing you!