Hahn’s macaw are the smallest and the most popular among the miniature macaws. These compact and playful parrots make excellent pets that form solid bonds with their owners. Capable of learning many tricks and behaviors, they can become good talkers with practice. This species is an excellent option for a bird lover who wants a macaw but does not have enough space for one of the big guys.
A Hahn’s macaw’s personality is much like that of its larger macaw cousins — bold, fun, active — but in a more manageable size, which makes this parrot a popular companion.
Speech and Sounds
These cute birds have a reputation for being one of the best talkers in the world of avians. Hahn’s Macaw is smart and eager to learn and mimic new words, which they will repeat in a clear, cartoonish voice, ensuring a silly and comical show for their owner. It shouldn’t be surprising for your pet to develop a vocabulary of up to 20 or more words. They also have a loud screeching call, but luckily it is not often that they use it. They can be noisy only when they are bored, angry or threatened.
These macaws are almost entirely green. Besides this tropical color, they have a few distinguishing traits, like the dark colored forehead, the bluish plumage under the wings, as well as the red spotted “shoulders,” giving them their alternative name. They are different from other mini-macaws, and one particular unique trait is the prominent black beak. These colors give them a strong tropical vibe, and an interesting look.
Speech and Vocalizations
Hahn’s macaws can be excellent talkers. With training, males and females can learn many words and phrases usually in a high-pitch but clear voice. But like the bigger macaws, Hahn’s macaws are screamers. And, if you get a pair of Hahn’s macaws, the noise will be twice as loud. Expect that this bird will assume the role of your morning alarm clock at sunrise.
Hahn’s Macaw Colors and Markings
Mature Hahn’s macaws are primarily green with a darker greenish-blue cap of feathers on their foreheads. They have a spot of bright red on the undersides of their wings, which explains their “red-shouldered macaw” nickname.
This bird’s beak is black with a beige to white color in the upper beak. Their eyes are a burnt orange color, framed by the macaw’s classic white eye-rings.
Hahn’s macaws have black feet that seem to be oversized for their small body, though they are quite agile. To accommodate climbing and the handling of food and other objects, two of their toes point forward while two toes point toward the back. You can’t tell males and females apart by looking at them. For accurate sexing, this species requires genetic testing or surgical sexing.
These macaws are sometimes mistaken for noble macaws. The Hahn’s macaw is smaller, and the noble macaw’s beak is entirely beige. If you are familiar with sun conures, Hahn’s macaws are about the same size.