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What Is a Hahn's Macaw?

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The Hahn’s macaw is a type of parrot common among bird pet owners. These particular parrots are tropical birds native to South America. Together with Noble macaws, the birds comprise the red-shouldered macaw species. Size differentiates the Hahn’s macaw from similar bird types. This bird usually measures around 1 foot (about 30 centimeters) long, which earns it the title of mini-macaw.

Appearance-wise, these birds share both similarities and differences with other macaws. For one, most macaw types — including the Hahn’s macaw — possess a white patch of skin surrounding the eyes, a longish tail, and a large head. As for its companion the Noble macaw, the two groups contrast in their upper mouth region. The Hahn’s macaw has a black upper jaw area in comparison to the Noble macaw’s lighter upper jaw. Orange eyes, a hooked beak, and screeching sound emissions are also features of the Hahn’s macaw.

Like many parrots, the Hahn’s macaw is a colorfully decorated bird. A vibrant green infuses most of its feathers. Green of a more yellow color is found on the bottoms of the wings and the tail. Blue-tinged wings and a blue area above the beak also characterize this macaw bird. The bird earns its moniker "red-shouldered" due to the wings’ frontal red edges. This specific feature is present in the adult.

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In their native habitats, Hahn’s macaws live in tree holes. The animals are also highly sought after as exotic pets, however, so domestic breeding is commonplace. In any event, the typical incubation process for a Hahn’s macaw lasts about three to four weeks, while hatching takes place after about eight weeks.

These parrots are somewhat versatile eaters. All of the following foods in many variations can be found in a wild macaw’s diet: fruits, nuts, seeds, and flower blossoms. Pet macaws are often fed seed or pellet mixes with these components. In addition, pet macaws may consume many nutritious human foods, even chicken. Chocolate and avocado are dangerous for these birds, however.

Both advantages and disadvantages may dictate the decision to obtain this bird as a pet. The birds should ideally have a reasonably large cage, and it is recommended that they spend at least a few hours daily outside the cage. On the other hand, most mini-macaws are friendly birds and they may be easily trained. In fact, the Hahn’s Macaw has one of the largest potential speech mimic repertoires of any bird type. Its small size also makes it easy to care for.

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