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Yellow-collared Macaw

 (Primolius auricollis)

Also known as: Golden-collared Macaw, Yellow-naped Macaw, Golden-naped Macaw, Cassin's Macaw

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Pair of Wild Yellow-collared Macaws in flight, Brazil
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Did You Know?

The Yellow-collared Macaw, unlike other parrot species, seems to tolerate extensive habitat change and remains common in some areas with far-reaching agricultural development.

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Species Profile

Genus: Primolius | Species: auricollis

Size:

38cm (14.8 in)

Weight:

250g (8.75 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults mostly green plumage; brown/black forehead, crown and lower cheeks; yellow collar around hindneck; tail blue with brown/red towards base. Bill grey/black with horn coloured tip; white/cream bare face.  Eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but with grey/white bill and grey eyes.

Call:

Calls in flight loud and gull-like.  Also emits notes resembling those of Aratinga sp. conures.

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Video 1 | Video 2

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 132563, Yellow-collared Macaw Primolius auricollis, Hosner, Peter, Jujuy, Argentina, Oct. 21 2006, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1988.
Avian Pediatric Seminar Proceedings, various authors, 1988.

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Pair of Wild Yellow-collared Macaws in flight, Brazil
© Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi | http://www.justbirds.org/home.htm

Did You Know?

The Yellow-collared Macaw, unlike other parrot species, seems to tolerate extensive habitat change and remains common in some areas with far-reaching agricultural development.

Academic Research

Related publications: Primolius auricollis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common and frequently bred in the US; less so elsewhere.

Longevity:

50yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended cage minimum length 4m (13.1 ft) or 3m (9.8 ft) for breeding with access to larger flight for part of year.

Diet:

Dried figs soaked in water a few hours, two or more per bird daily, with one drop of Konakion (Roche) or other vitamin K additive, once daily; fruits forming at least 50 percent of diet; soaked sultanas; berries (elder, mountain ash, pyracantha); spray millet; small seed mix with: canary, oats, safflower; cooked pulses; rearing food with: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; for breeding: live food (mealworms) if taken; commercial insectivorous food; variety of vegetables; walnuts; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Loves bathing, socialization; needs large, roomy cage; different sized perches; fir, pine, willow or elder chewable branches; ropes, swings, ladders, puzzle toys, bird-safe chewable toys (vegetable tanned leather and wood blocks).

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 12" x 12" x 24" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

3 or 4

Incubation Time:

24-26 days.

Fledging Age:

10 weeks

Hatch Weight:

9-12g (0.3-0.4 oz)

Peak Weight:

280-304g (9.8-10.6 oz)

Weaning Weight:

248g (8.7 oz)

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Pair of Wild Yellow-collared Macaws in flight, Brazil
© Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi | http://www.justbirds.org/home.htm

Did You Know?

The Yellow-collared Macaw, unlike other parrot species, seems to tolerate extensive habitat change and remains common in some areas with far-reaching agricultural development.

Academic Research

Related publications: Primolius auricollis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Scarcer at edge of range in Paraguay. Generally common even in areas of habitat disturbance.

Range:

Found in N and E Bolivia to SW Mato Grosso, Brazil, and N Paraguay to NW Argentina; also Ilha do Bananal in W Goias, NE Mato Grosso and deep SE Para.

Habitat:

Occurs in variety of habitats such as forest, forest edge, woodland and savanna; moist upper tropical and subtropical forest in Argentina, dry forest in Bolivia, chaco in Paraguay and pantanal, open cerrado and gallery forest in Brazil. Up to 600m (1968 ft), in some areas 1700m (5576 ft).

Wild Diet:

Eats fruits, flowers, maize and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in pairs or small groups (outside breeding season). Large flocks where food abundant, and at roosts. Occasionally feeds on the ground.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 or 4 eggs

Breeding Season:

From December onward.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Pair of Wild Yellow-collared Macaws in flight, Brazil
© Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi | http://www.justbirds.org/home.htm

Did You Know?

The Yellow-collared Macaw, unlike other parrot species, seems to tolerate extensive habitat change and remains common in some areas with far-reaching agricultural development.

Academic Research

Related publications: Primolius auricollis

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