Animal Stories - Hahn's Macaw


Animal-World Information about: Hahn's Macaw

The Hahn's Macaw is the smallest of all the Macaw Parrots, and is one of the best talkers!
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robbie - 2008-05-31
I have my hahns macaws sitting on eggs right now, I'm all excited about that. They have had a couple of clutches before I got them and had three eggs out of each clutch hatch. So right now I noticed three eggs and have left them alone so they can do their thing, and I monitor the eggs only when they are out of the box eating. They are great little birds... I really enjoy my Hanzel and Gretel.

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thomas mc manus - 2011-11-01
Hi could you tell me if hahns macaws roost in the box or is it a sign they are going to go down ?? thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    Not sure what you mean by your question. Yes, sometimes a macaw will roost or sleep in their nest box. More the smaller macaws than the larger ones. I don't know what you mean
    'to go down?.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-11-02
    I kept and bred their close relative, the Severe Macaw, for many years. They always roosted in their nest box at night, so I imagine the Hahns may also.

    It's good you're keeping an eye on your Hahns behavior. When I noticed something like a change in roosting habits, I would also keep a close watch for other indications of illness. Check out the list of potential signs in the article above, it can help!
  • andy - 2011-12-15
    I've bred these lovely noisey nosey birds for the past ten years. I couldnt say if they roost in the nest box at night but they were always around the box. the male used to sit on the perch and the female sat on the top. One or the other used to go into the box during the day. Once eggs had been laid the male sat by the entrance to the nest and she sat very well. I've recently lost my male and I'm looking for another must be 5 years old plus. with a dna cert and close rung if you know of anyone will buy of them and let them have 1st baby off the 1st clutch
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Danny Cookiemunchin Davies - 2011-03-25
Hi we have had our bird for a little over a month now we have recently found out it's not a green amazon like the prev owners said it's a hahns macaw she's starting to pluck her chest feather out we are thinking it's due to stress or no partner so we are looking for either a friend (male) or to breed her she's 2years old and is looking mature from the signals she's showing in the cage I'm from n/wales deeside area so if anyone could help us out please let me know.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    Feather plucking has to be one of the hardest things to figure out. They say it is normally brought on by stress which can happen during a move. Lots of toys, paper to rip up, rolls of paper to pull down and frequent bathing might help. I had one that plucked and I finally set up a TV by her cage so she could watch cartoons. Each thing helped but nothing I did stopped her from plucking totally - even a mate. I wish you luck and a solution and please let us know how you and your little one do. Many would love to find a solution or assitance with a feather plucking situation. Hopefully it is just the move and more frequent bathing and stuff to shred up and tear apart with some extra attention will do the trick. Two years old is still a young macaw.
  • Anastasia King - 2011-10-07
    Mates tend to make macaws anti-social, so before you go off and mate her, Try to examine her diet, as pellet diets are healthier than seed diets, and many seeds in seed diets tend to be fatty and should only be used as a treat. Also, if she's in molting season, she could just be very itchy( my macaw plucks and tears at her feathers) try giving her a bath, and seeing if that doesn't help.
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Cathy - 2011-08-11
Willie is a Hahns macaw I adopted from a shelter about 3 years ago. He is much nippier than my other birds (everything from budgies to a U2), but also probably the most intelligent of the bunch. He definitely has the most personality, which makes me love him in spite of the occasional bite. I think his previous owner was afraid of him and let him get away with too much. I'm working on that. Willie responds to affection and together time much more than to food. He says "Willie" and "Come on" and "What a good boy!" and "Be a good boy" and "Bad boy" and whispers "Go to sleep" when you whisper to him. He also laughs whenever he hears others laugh--even if it's on tv. And he makes the greatest kissing noise, especially when you kiss him on top of his sweet little head. He thinks he's a gangsta bird; he'll say, "Hey, Willie, Willie" in a low growling voice--LOL. He enjoys burrowing inside my shirt and sticking his head out of the collar. Willie is tone deaf when it comes to singing--he'll try to sing along with you, but everything comes out on one note. But he does love to dance, especially to The Killers and (LOL again) the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums. He is aggressive towards the other birds, so I need to watch him during outside play time. They've all learned (the hard way) to stay away from him when he comes near. One thing I really like about Willie is that he will travel in the car and visit and seems to enjoy it. When I go to relatives homes, he'll come out of his carrier and sit on my shoulder quietly the whole time. (I give him a sip of water and a snack.) He is really Mr. Personality.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
    I am not sure but I think all Hahns macaws are pips. They have a unique peronality and I truly believe they "KNOW" they are KING and all else are their subjects. I think they love but are definitely on their own terms. You seem to have a great relationship with yours and I am happy for you. I think it takes a special person to understand a Hahns.
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Gary - 2011-07-26
We, too, have a wonderful red-shouldered macaw--named Kiwi (why is Kiwi such a popular name for a mini-macaw?). She is 5 years old, but we have not had her sexed as yet--no real need to know. She talks quite a bit and knows when to use certain words at the right times. She has definite preferences for members of the family--an established flock hierarchy, in her mind. She is free-flighted in our home, but sleeps in her cage. She comes when she is called and prefers affection to food as a reward. My wife was a cat person and I was a dog person, so we went many years with no pets. When our daughter wanted a pet, a friend had a bird, so we chose the bird route as something different. Kiwi is a wonderful pet, very affectionate and talkative but will play with her toys when asked. Kiwi is quick to learn new tasks and has quite a good memory over time. She can be a bit trying sometimes when you are doing something with your hands and she wants attention, she can get nippy with you. All in all, we think she is the ideal family pet. Even goes on our boat with us for summer cruises!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    You just have to love a macaw. Yes, they get bossy sometimes as they want their own way. However, we humans get in our moods too. There are just those "I do have a headache day" or the "overwhelming moment" but the macaw has all the personality, love and moods of a very intelligent human - least if they are my children.
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Brad Savoy - 2008-05-11
I want to mate my Hahn's Macaw. I am in the New Orleans area, I have a female, and she is currently sitting on two unfertilized eggs. ~Brad

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Jennifer - 2006-11-08
I have had my Hahn's Macaw for just over a year now. I got him from a friend who is a bird breeder and I finished his hand feeding, so "he" is my baby. Kiwi also loves my 8 year old daughter and gives us both lots of kisses. He likes my husband but would rather spend his time with me. He is so very lovable, I did not realize how sweet and docile these birds were. We also have a green-cheeked conure, Mango and while she is also sweet, she does not like to cuddle or kiss too much and although she loves my husband, does not like other men who visit. She is famous for trying to attack my brother. Mango also does not care for Kiwi, I am sure since she was the first bird in the house and feels it is hers. While Mango is quite a loud bird, Kiwi is the exact opposite. He is so very quiet and can easily entertain himself in his cage with his toys. He only occasionally yells out if the house gets too quiet and he is not sure we are here. Kiwi can say Mango Tango,step up, Hi Bob, night night, Sydney Boo-Boo, and he mimicks my laugh. He also says ummmm whenever I am eating. I would highly recommend a Hahn's Macaw to anyone looking for big personality in a small bird. As far as biting, he will occasionally nip my daughter's hand as a warning if she is annoying him but he does not bite anyone else in the family.

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Ina Kelly - 2006-09-12
I'm Ina Kelly in Cali and Kiwi Kelly is our baby since me & my husband don't have kids yet. She is quite a hand full but so much fun. I miss her even when I'm at work. We have had Kiwi since she was a baby, she is 6 years old now. We had her sexed, she is definitely a girl. She is a quiet bird relatively, unless she hears me blowing my nose in the bedroom before we get her (her cage is always covered dark overnight), or if we grind coffee. She laughs when we both laugh, fact which makes us laungh even more. She is quite feisty, bites us not too hard, but a bit. Kiwi says "step up", mimics kissing when I kiss her beak or feet, definitely mimics my every sound in the shower, just learned about 2 years ago to say "good" very well when we give her OJ or cran, and loves a good bark. Her favorites are to sit upside down inside my husband's Tshirt when it gets dark, dance and rock her head when I dance with her to good music or eat ice cream ocasionally as fast as she can, when she is allowed. She is the most rewarding pet ever, we have had a few, but a pet that you need to devote yourself to, since all s/he has is the joy of seeing you, her owner, when you come home. We feel bad we cannot get her a partner so we try to spend every time we're home with her, she is never in her cage then. And when we come home, she screams since she alreay learned the sounds of our cars, she loves us! And we love her!

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Corinne - 2006-06-20
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR COMMENTS ON THIS SITE. WE HAVE CHOSEN A HAHNS MACAW & SHE IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS & SO SWEET. WE MANAGED TO GET HER EARLY AS WE KNEW THE BREEDER, SO WE ARE FINISHING HAND FEEDING HER. THE HENS ARE LESS AGGRESSIVE THAN THE COCKS MOST OF THE TIME & HONEY IS SO CUDDLY. SHE MIMICS A FEW WORDS ALREADY- 'STEP UP', 'HELLO' & OF COURSE 'CUDDLE'. SHE IS NOW ONLY 9 WEEKS OLD! I SO RECOMMEND FINISHING HAND REARING BUT NOT ALL BREEDERS WILL LET YOU UNFORTUNATELY. IT IS SUCH A GREAT WAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO BOND WITH THE BIRD. WE HAVE 2 CHILDREN AGED 3 & 8YRS & HONEY IS FINE WITH THEM. HOPE THIS HELPS ANYONE ELSE.

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victoria - 2006-05-18
I have a Hahn's Macaw which I got when she was four months old. She has been DNA sexed.

While she can get pretty raucous, she is never a screamer unless it's in the morning and she is calling me out of the bed to rescue her. First she whistles and rings her bell furiously while in her cage, then she coo's once she's with the flock of me and my husband.

I find as long as Mika gets plenty of playing, cooing and talking time, she is a very quiet bird.

People want to have a pet bird without realizing this is a very intelligent animal and have emotions. If you do not plan to give your bird exactly what it requires to be healthy physically and emotionally, please do not buy a pet bird.

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