Facts About Hahn’s Macaw – The Smallest Macaw
The macaw is a New World parrot, and Hahn’s macaw is one of the nearly 1,000 species of macaw. Macaws are native to Mexico, and Central and South America. Macaws range in size from being among the largest of the members of the parrot family to among the smallest. In fact, the largest member of the parrot family is indeed a macaw. The smallest of the macaws is the Red Shouldered Macaw. There are two sub-species of Red Shouldered macaw, one of them being the Hahn’s Macaw, Diopsittaca nobilis, which is no larger than some parakeets. D. nobilis is native to northwestern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. In the list of threatened species, published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, D. nobilis is listed as being of Least Concern as far as any danger of extinction is concerned, primarily due to the relative stability of its population, and its extensive habitat.
Small, Sociable, And Intelligent
This macaw measures 12 inches from its beak to the tip of its tail feathers, and since its tail feathers account for half of its length, it’s obvious that D. nobilis is not a large parrot at all. It makes a fine pet, in that it is intelligent, inquisitive, and very sociable. It’s a pet that can bond with several members in a household. It’s also a great mimic, and given the proper training, it is one of the more talkative members of the parrot family. Like most parrots, it will do its share of screaming or screeching as well as talking, but by and large it is a nice little pet to have around the house.
While it is no more difficult to care for than other parrots, and because of its small size easier to care for than some, getting one of these birds for a pet still requires some commitment on the part of a prospective owner, as it has a lifespan of between 30 and 40 years. Because of its small size and gentle nature, Hahn’s Macaw makes a good “starter” parrot for anyone who has never had a parrot for a pet before.
Characteristics Of Hahn’s Macaw
Almost all members of the macaw family have a black beak or upper mandible. The other Red-Shouldered Macaw sub-species, the Noble Macaw, has a light, horn-colored beak, while D. nobilis, with its black beak, follows the norm. The feet of D. nobilis are black as well. D. nobilis is bright green in color. The feathers on its forehead are darker, and greenish-blue in color. The wings are also green, and a bright red spot is present on the underside of each wing.
A Bird That Loves (Demands) Attention
It was mentioned earlier that some sort of a commitment needs to be made when purchasing one of these birds as a pet because of their relatively long life span. A prospective buyer also needs to be aware of the fact that this is not only a sociable little bird, but one that demands a good deal of attention. Spending a couple of hours a day with one of these little birds is by no means excessive. Once trained, it can be let out of its cage for awhile nearly every day, allowing its owner to go about his or her business, with only occasional interruptions. If ignored for extended periods of time, this little macaw can become irritable and frustrated, and could then turn out to be not so nice a pet after all. D. nobilis will in most cases readily take to the training, if for no other reason than the social intercourse training involves. Given enough attention, one of these little parrots will often excel and talking and performing various tricks. It enjoys having toys, some of which it will destroy with unabashed delight.
Toys Are A Necessity
Giving this little macaw toys has a purpose beyond simply giving it something to do. The beak of this bird is constantly growing, and it needs something to chew on to keep the beak from becoming too large. Any kind of a wooden toy will be ideal. If given toys to chew on while still very young, the nipping habits some macaws develop can usually be circumvented. As far as nipping or biting is concerned, if D. nobilis is given toys to play with, and learns to socialize, it is not apt to nip at or bite a stranger.
Feeding this macaw isn’t really much of a problem, and certainly involves less of a mess that many larger parrots are capable of creating. Commercial bird food is fine as far as a basic food is concerned, but to keep this macaw happiest and healthiest it should be given some variety in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables, or greens. Any commercial bird food that is purchased should be of high quality, since if deprived of any of the more important vitamins or minerals, a pet macaw can experience a number of serious health issues.
The purchase of a Hahn’s Macaw should guarantee many years of fun, pleasure, and adventure, for both the bird and its owner.