Hahns Mini-Maccaw

Hahns Mini-Macaw

The Hahns mini Macaw, ara nobilis nobilis, is about 30cm (12 inches) when adult size. Their weight is between 120 and 155 grams.   The Hahns is predominantly green, more yellowish below, with the crown and forehead blue.  The carpal edge, bend of the wing and greater under wing coverts are scarlet; underside of tail and flight feathers are yellowish.  The naked facial skin is white and the iris is brownish red.  The beak is dark grey and almost black at the tip. This is the smallest of the small macaws, smaller than even some species of conures. (Please note, some of the earlier publications in print misname this little beauty.)

 Immature birds will look the same except babies will  not have much scarlet on the wing edge.  You will see some read underneath if you lift up the wing.  They will also have less blue on the head.

HABITAT

The Hahns, has a wide range north of the Amazon in eastern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, northeastern Brazil, possibly also French Guiana.  It prefers partially open habitats, including sparse caatinga woodland and marshes. 

NOISE

This little guy usually is not very noisy except, of course, if he has learned to be spoiled. Their voice is not high pitched and if taught to talk will not use their regular voice as much. 

SOCIAL HABITS

This adorable little creature has an almost irresistible little face.  They are very playful and will love to play and snuggle.  They will learn tricks and will easily be taught to lay on it’s back in your arms.  The Hahn's can be an OK talker probably learning a dozen or more words, but quick to learn.  They can be a bit stubborn when wanting their own way, but not in a mean way. They are also very inquisitive. 

CAGES

Hahns macaws  need a cage about 24" x 20". A smaller size can be used (maybe 20" x 18"), but not a great choice since they are very playful, and  these silly little birds to need  lots of room to hang fun toys, and swings - that they love to hang and play on.  And don’t forget their little cuddle bed, something that they will love to crawl in, play in and sleep in. They are not really hard on a cage, but a good quality powder-coated cage would be excellent.  Suitable bar spacing would be ½ inch to 3/4 inch.

DIET INFORMATION

The best diet for any parrot such as the Hahn's would be pellets and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.   They are not very fussy eaters and are fond of sunflower seeds and peanuts, but be sure not to give them but 1 or 2 a day maybe just as a good bird reward.  With a good pellet diet, additional vitamins are not necessary except maybe spirulina.  Spirulina will enhance the color on your Hahns, such as the blue read and blue, plus it is very healthy.  There are a lot of mixes on  the market today which will broadened a vegetable and fruit diet.  Seed should be fed only in small portions by hand, maybe when doing trick training or “good-bird” offerings.  There are also excellent “good food” treats available through a good bird store.   A must with any parrot is a water bottle system.  This will provide fresh, clean water to your bird at all times, even when you aren’t home for a couple of days.

MATURING

They will usually reach maturity between 2 and 3 years of age.

BREEDING

Be sure that you have unrelated birds if you decide to breed.  They can only be sexed either by blood DNA sexing or surgically by a qualified vet.    A  nest box that is about 12" x 12" x 10" high is a good size.   An ABS plastic nest box should be considered since it is dark on the inside and almost indestructible, and much safer.  Hahns to my knowledge are never aggressive in a breeding situation..  A female will lay 3-4 eggs about 2 days apart, and quite commonly will hatch almost all of them.  They generally will make good parents and will easily raise their babies to 2-3 weeks at which time, they should be pulled for handfeeding.   Be sure to pull babies about the time they open their eyes since if they are allowed to stay in the next longer, they can be a bit scared of people.  Eggs are usually incubated for 25 days.

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