Hahn Macaw hissing

by Cami Cho
(Edmond, OK USA)

I am just wondering why my hahn macaw started hissing? She doesn't seem mad but when I talk to her and play with her she hisses back at me. Thanks for any advice. I am new to the Hahn Macaw family.

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Aug 09, 2013
Macaw 'hiss'
by: Anonymous

I kmow the 'hissing' you are talking about!! My macaw does that ALL of the time! He typically does it when he is trying to be 'intimate' with me! :) He is such a funny boy! We play the 'hissing' game every day, multiple times away now! He is always so cuddly and loving when I make those noises back at him! He just lives to do that together! Fret not! Enjoy your macaw!!

Sep 11, 2012
by: Owner

LOL ! Clearly the person that had advised that the bird is sick does not have a clue about these birds. It hisses because it gets excited or wants to attracts attention, not because its sick. Asker, send your vet bill, if you have accumulated one by taking the bird to the vet to that poster☺ Lesson learned ☺

Editor's note: The person did NOT say the bird was sick, but cautioned that it may be an infection. This should have caused the person to pay attention and listen to see if it had breathing problems or was just hissing once in a while. You don't answer lots of questions from people who have no clue that they have a sick bird....

Aug 14, 2011
by: Cami Cho

Thank you so much. I had no idea that she may be sick. I will call first thing tomorrow. She does it only when I am talking to her, that's why I thought she was trying to talk to me. She doesn't do it any other time.

Thank you again.

Aug 12, 2011
Hahn Macaw hissing
by: Linda

Hopefully what you think is hissing is not an upper respiratory problem. Sick birds will become winded during play or training, and the breath will come in short bursts sounding a lot like hissing. It is a matter that may need to be looked at by an Avian Vet in your driving area. If your bird has never been to avian vet or it's been over a year, then now is the time to make sure your bird is not sick because this is not normal unless bird is either sick or under a great deal of stress. Play sessions and training sessions should never be more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time as birds become depleted of energy.

So, take bird to be examined for infections to an Avian Vet ONLY as dog and cat vets are likely to mis-diagnose and use wrong meds, so always take your bird to an avian vet.


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