Mini Macaws

There are 6 species in what are considered the Mini Macaw

They are a delightful group of small Ara species that have many of the personality characteristics of the larger macaws, yet are much easier to house.
They have a shorter life-span than the large macaws. They live on average 20-25 years, as opposed to the 60-80 year lifespan of some large species.


Talking Ability: Moderate to Good

Noise Level: Moderate

The Severe Macawis the largest of the mini Macaws. You get all the excitement of a large Macaw but in a smaller package. The Severe Macaw is an exceptionally social parrot that forms a deep bond with its owner. It is outgoing and will spend countless hours climbing, exploring, and just hanging around upside down. When not on the go you’ll enjoy their affection as they enjoy being cuddled.

They are found in northern South America – Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, and French Guiana, eastern Panama, Colombia, eastern Peru, and northern Bolivia. Severe Macaw’s are also known as Chestnut-Fronted Macaw. The crown of the head is tinted blue with a chestnut colour line of feathers bordering the lower part of the cheeks. The bend of the wing and under-converts are scarlet. The tail feathers are reddish-brown with blue on the tips, with the underside being a pinkish red. The facial area is a yellowish white with small dotted lines of tiny black feathers.

-Blue Headed

Talking Ability: Moderate to Good

Noise Level: Moderate

The Blue Headed Macaw has a Pale green body with blue on the edge of its wing, primary coverts and flight feathers. Its blue head is small with a grey bare face patch extending from the bill and around the eye. Its bill is medium size and grey. Its uppertail is red shading to pale blue at the tip. The Underside of its wings and tail is a dusky yellow.

They are absolutely precious, intelligent, and talkers. Temperment has nothing to do with purchasing these macaws as they are very expensive and hard to get except for Avianitarians who breed them to save them from extinction.


Talking Ability: Moderate

Noise Level: Moderate

The Illigers Macaw likes the forest canopy, particularly near water and can often be seen in costal areas. They usually fly in pairs or small groups of 3-5 birds. They are often seen weaving their way through the trees.
This small macaw has bright green plumage tinged with olive on their rump and upper tail-coverts. Their forehead is a rose red colour and the rest of their head, their nape and lower cheeks are greenish blue with a darker blue on their crown. They have a red patch on their lower back and another on the middle of their abdomen. Their primaries are blue, their secondaries are blue edged with green and their under wing coverts are olive green. The top of their tail is blue going reddish towards the base and the undersides of their flight feathers and tail are olive yellow in colour. Their naked facial area is pale yellow, their eyes are orange-brown, their beak is black, and their legs are a yellowish colour.

They are inquisitive, loving and playful. They enjoy games and toys that involve thinking and can be very mischevious. They have a very friendly nature and their small size makes them easy to handle.They need to be kept well socialised with regular interaction. They are highly intelligent birds so they do not need constant stimulation. They love flying and make excellent aviary birds providing they are kept in a large flight. They enjoy company and will thrive if kept with a companion bird.

-Yellow Collered

Talking Ability: Moderate to Good

Noise Level: Moderate

The Yellow Collared Macaw is originally from the center of South America. It is a highly adaptable bird as indicated by the varied eco-systems it inhabits in this home range. These include Rainforest, swamps, dry savannah and the foothills of the Andes Mountains. They have been observed to congregate in flocks of 500+ when roosting for the night outside of the breeding season. The Yellow Collared Macaw has a yellow ring around its neck and a dark head. The yellow collar increases in brightness and width with age. Mature birds have bright wide bands. It has feather tracks on the bare facial skin below its eyes, as the large macaws do. The birds body is green and the flights are blue. The upper portion of the tail feathers are blue and the bottom half are wine colored. It can weigh between 250-280 grams.

This beautiful mini is so easy to take care of, especially if you live in a small house.
While having a squeaky voice it tends to stretch its neck when it gets excited and because of its nervous tendencies, it may not be the pet for you if you have small children.

Red-shouldered Macaw-

Talking Ability: Moderate

Noise Level: Loud

The Red Shouldered Macaw, also known as the (Noble Macaw, Long-wing Macaw or Hahn’s Macaw) is a small parrot native to the tropical lowlands, savannah and swamplands[1] of Venezuela, the Guianas, Bolivia, Brazil, and far south-eastern Peru. It is the smallest of the Mini Macaws and has good speech mimicry.

Like all macaws, it has a long narrow tail and a large head. It has bright green feathers on the body with dark or slate blue feathers on the head just above the beak. The wings and tail have feathers that are bright green above and olive-green below. The leading edges of the wings, especially on the underside, are red. Their eyes are orange, and the skin around their eyes is white without feathers. The bill is almost entirely black while the upper mandible is a whitish color.

For the right owner who can provide them with ample space, attention, toys and care and at the same time handle their loud voices and biting, They can be an exceptional pet.

Red Bellied Macaw-

Talking Ability: very good

Noise Level: Loud

Red bellied Macaw is a resident bird in tropical Amazonian South America, from Colombia and Trinidad south to Amazonian Peru and Bolivia, and central Brazil as far as the northwestern cerrado of Brazil. Their life revolves solely around the Moriche species of Palms tree.
The Red Bellied Macaw is about 46 cm long and weighs from 300 to 370 g. It is mainly green and has the pointed, graduated tail typical of macaws. It has a red belly patch, blue forehead and upper wings, and a grey tint to the breast. The underwings and undertail are dull yellow. The face has bare yellow skin.

they can be the best mimics of the macaws. They have a clear voice with the ring of a child singing in a choir and their voice can travel quite a distance. They also have a soft plaintive cry.



  1. ken said,

    August 2, 2011 at 5:08 am

    You have a photo of a Redfronted macaw not a Red Bellied Macaw

  2. October 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

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  3. madmaxmacaw said,

    November 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for pointing that out. I fixed it right away.

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