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The Hahn’s Mini Macaw

The Hahn’s Mini Macaw, also known as the Red-shouldered Macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis nobilis), is the smallest of the macaw species and is known for its vibrant personality and intelligence. Here are key details about this bird and how to care for it:

Size: Hahn’s Mini Macaws are small, typically measuring around 30-35 cm (12-14 inches) in length.
Appearance: They have predominantly green plumage with a distinctive red patch on their shoulders and blue on the forehead and flight feathers. They also have bare white facial patches lined with fine black feather lines.
Lifespan: With proper care, they can live 20 to 30 years in captivity.


Distribution: These birds are native to northern South America, particularly in regions such as Venezuela, the Guianas, Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Environment: Hahn’s Mini Macaws inhabit tropical rainforests, savannas, and sometimes agricultural areas.


Social Structure: They are social and often seen in pairs or small groups in the wild. In captivity, they are known for their playful and affectionate nature.
Diet in the Wild: In their natural habitat, they feed on a variety of seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, and vegetation.

Care in Captivity

Diet: A balanced diet for Hahn’s Mini Macaws should include a high-quality commercial pellet, supplemented with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Avoid feeding them toxic foods such as chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, and avocado.
Housing: These macaws need a spacious cage, at least 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 36 inches high. Provide perches of varying sizes and materials to promote foot health.
Enrichment: Hahn’s Mini Macaws are intelligent and require mental stimulation. Provide a variety of toys, including foraging toys, chew toys, and puzzles. Rotate toys regularly to keep them engaged.
Social Interaction: These birds form strong bonds with their owners and require daily social interaction. Regular out-of-cage time and attention are crucial to prevent boredom and behavioral issues.
Training: Positive reinforcement training can help manage their behavior and strengthen your bond. Training sessions should be short, consistent, and reward-based.
Health Care: Regular veterinary check-ups are essential. Be vigilant for signs of illness such as changes in appetite, droppings, or behavior. Maintain a clean living environment and ensure they have access to fresh water at all times.

Common Challenges

Noise: Although smaller than their larger macaw relatives, Hahn’s Mini Macaws can still be quite vocal.
Chewing: They have strong beaks and an instinct to chew, so provide plenty of safe chewing materials.
Social Needs: They require significant social interaction and can become lonely and stressed if left alone for long periods.

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