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What Are the Different Types of Mini Macaws?

Mini Macaws enchant with their vibrant personalities and compact size, perfect for bird enthusiasts with limited space. These pint-sized parrots include species like the Hahn's, Severe, and Yellow-collared Macaws, each with unique traits and care needs. Discover which Mini Macaw might flutter into your heart and home—could one of these feathered friends be your perfect companion? Continue reading to find out.
Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee

Mini macaws are generally considered those types of macaws that are less than 20 inches (50 cm) in length. There are several types of mini macaws. Some of the most common include the severe macaw, the Hahn's macaw, the yellow-collard macaw, the noble macaw, and the Illiger's macaw. Mini macaws are usually much like full-sized macaws in intelligence and temperament, though their size may make them easier to care for. Most types of mini macaw live for about 20 to 30 years, and are considered intelligent, affectionate, playful, and trainable.

The yellow-collared macaw is one of the larger mini macaws, with an adult length of about 15 inches (38.1 cm). Birds of this breed can become very attached to their human owners, and generally require a lot of human interaction. They have a reputation for attempting to escape from their cages, and are considered very intelligent. The yellow-collared macaw typically has green feathers all over its body, with a yellow stripe across the back of the neck.


Hahn's macaw is one of the smaller species of mini macaw, with an adult length of about 12 inches (30.4 cm). These mini macaws are mostly green, with red near the hinge of the wing and blue on the top of the head. They're popular among bird enthusiasts for their intelligent and affectionate nature.

The Severe macaw is one of the larger mini macaws, with an adult length of about 16 inches (40.6 cm). It is mostly green, with blue on the head and red on the wings. These birds are believed to be highly intelligent and benefit from extensive human interaction. They can learn to talk, and are generally very easy to train.

Illiger's macaws are usually friendly and intelligent. They're considered an ideal pet macaw for an owner who has a lot of time to invest in social interaction with the bird. They're easy to train and will usually form strong bonds with their owners. They're typically green with red at the base of the abdomen and blue on the top of the head.

The noble macaw is usually about the size of the Hahn's macaw. These birds are normally very colorful, with yellow feathers on the abdomen and tail, red feathers near the joints of the wings, and blue feathers on the top of the head. Like other mini macaws, they are typically personable and intelligent.

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@literally45-- I think all macaws and mini macaws are very affectionate pets that love attention. So I don't think there is a mini macaw that enjoys being alone and doesn't mind not receiving attention. However, if you give enough attention to your pet after you arrive home, it might be okay.

If you have the space and if you don't mind having more pets, you might want to get a pair. That way, the macaw won't be bored when you're not home.


I want to take care of a mini macaw. I think that they are gorgeous and great companions. I do work though, so I'm not sure if the macaw will be upset about me not being home during the day. Is there a type of mini macaw that adjusts well and doesn't mind being alone?


What the article has said about yellow-collared macaws is so true. My friend has this type of mini macaw and he is so intelligent. He opens and closes the door of his cage by himself.

Sometimes he leaves his cage when he's not supposed to, eats off of food from a plate and returns and closes the cage door. So my friend will see that the food was eaten but the macaw appears to have never left the cage!

It's hard to believe that a bird can do all this but he does!

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