The Severe Macaw or Chestnut-fronted Macaw is one of the largest of the mini-Macaws. It reaches a size of around 18 inches, of which approximately half is the length of the tail. This is the only mini-Macaw to have feathers on the bare patches on its face, which makes it look like the larger types of Macaws.
The Severe Macaw is mostly green in color with patches of red and blue on the wings. The head has a brown chestnut patch just above the beak, and the crown is blue. Immature Severes have a blackish color feather band on the forehead, as the chestnut color develops with maturity. Immatures also have duller plumage and a darker iris. The beak is black, and the patches around the eyes are white with lines of small black feathers. Mature Severes have orange color irises.
Severe Macaws are native to South America from Panama to Brazil. Their lifespan in captivity is anywhere from 30 to 80 years of age. Severe Macaws are quite prolific if appropriately paired. They may have clutches multiple times annually. One clutch usually consists of about five eggs, which hatch in 26 to 28 days.
Severes have a colorful personality and are as much fun as a larger Macaw but in a smaller package. The Severe Macaw is exceptionally social and loves to mimic speech. Severe’s are highly intelligent and should be provided with lots of wooden toys to chew as well as ropes to swing on. They can become quite destructive if bored. They tend to form strong bonds with their owners and can be affectionate, very playful, active, and talkative. A Severe Macaw requires a large cage. The rule of thumb with any parrot is the bigger, the better. We recommend the Kings Model 306 Cage at the very least in terms of size. It is a durable cage with a bird-proof latch.
Severes make great pets for families of any size. If you are looking for the personality of a large Macaw in a smaller package, the Severe Macaw might be the right bird for you.