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Interested in adopting a pet Mini Macaw? If so, you should know that the only small things about Mini Macaws are their size! Personality literally bubbles out of these birds, so potential owners must have the right stuff to be able to keep up with the little guys. Read on for more information on Mini Macaw species, how to care for them, and what it takes to be a good Mini Macaw owner.

1. Hahn's Macaw

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At 12 inches in length, the Hahn's Macaw is the smallest of all true Macaws. Intelligent, charming, and easy to care for, Hahn's Macaws have recently exploded in popularity as pets. One look at these little guys says it all -- Hahn's Macaws are adorable if nothing else!

2. Illiger's Macaws

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Illiger's Macaws are playful, friendly birds that enjoy human interaction. When handfed as babies and raised in loving, attentive homes, these intelligent birds will bond strongly with their owners and will quickly respond to positive training techniques. They require a lot of mental stimulation and they like to stay busy, so an Illiger's Macaw is not for owners that don't have plenty of time to spend with their pets. At around 16 inches in length, the Illiger's Macaw is a medium sized bird that still needs plenty of space to be comfortable.

3. Severe Macaws

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The largest of the Mini Macaws the Severe Macaw's even larger personality makes it a favorite with bird lovers. With adequate socialization, Severe Macaws bond quickly with their owners, responding well to training and boasting impressive speech abilities. Because these birds need a lot of mental stimulation, potential owners should make sure that they have plenty of free time to spend with their new pet.

4. Yellow Collared Macaws

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Affectionate, but somewhat mischievous, the 15 inch long Yellow Collared Macaw has a reputation for being an intelligent and resourceful little parrot. They thrive on attention from their owners, and like other Macaws, will seek that attention by any means necessary. Many Yellow Collared Macaws are little escape artists, so steps should be taken to provide a cage that is safe and secure. Although some are one-person birds, most Yellow Collared Macaws make extraordinary family pets.
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