Noble Mini-Macaw

Noble Mini-Macaw

The noble, ara nobilis nobilis, is about 34cm (13 inches) when adult size. Their weight is between 130 and 160 grams.   The noble 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 upper mandible  is a pale horn-color with a black tip.  This is the second 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.


The noble,  range south of the Amazon in the interior of  Brazil to south-eastern Mato Grosso and north-western Sao Paulo.


This little guy usually is not very noisy except, of course, if he has learned to be spoiled. They will greet their owner when coming or leaving, which is nature’s way of keeping the flock together. Their voice is not high pitched and if taught to talk will not use their regular voice as much. 


This adorable little creature  is 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 noble can be an OK talker probably learning a dozen or more words.  They are one of the most passive of the Macaw family and will do well with children if taught to be around children when they are young.  They are very inquisitive so  watch them that they don’t get into things that could cause them harm.


A noble macaw needs a cage about 24" x 20".   But bigger is better cause these silly little birds to need  lots of room to hang  toys, and swings (something they will treasure).  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 1 inch. 


The best diet for any parrot such as the Noble 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.


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


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.  Nobles  to my knowledge are never aggressive in a breeding situation..  A female will lay 3-4 eggs about 2-3 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.  Eggs are usually incubated for 25 days.

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