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Yellow-Collared Macaw

Yellow-naped Macaw

Family: Psittacidae Yellow-Collared MacawAra auricollisPhoto: Courtesy Jeanni Kistler-Davis
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I am Called Mr Terry Bong and I have 9 macaw parrots and 4 African Grey parrots for adoption. I need only pet caring homes to give them out to. I am soon starting... (more)  Terry bong

   The Yellow-collared Macaw is very playful and loves to take showers!

   The Yellow-collared Macaw is one of the fabulous "mini" macaws. The name comes from the yellow collar that extends around the back part of the neck. This wonderful little macaw can make a great pet for someone who wants a macaw type bird, but wants a smaller pet.

   Yellow-collared Macaws are lovable, friendly, and intelligent. When hand reared, it will become quite tame and will affectionately greet you with anticipation. This mini macaw is very lively and loves to play and clown about. Eager to play and enjoy interacting with their keepers, they can be adept at learning some tricks and can also say a few words. Despite their small size however, they can be loud and have a strong, harsh call.

For information about the care of Macaws see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Macaw

Geographic Distribution
Ara auricollis
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Ara
  • Species: auricollis

Scientific name:    Yellow-collared Macaw, also known as the Yellow-naped Macaw - Ara auricollis

Distribution:    The yellow-collared macaws' natural habitat runs from the northern and eastern Bolivia , east into Brazil, and south into northern Paraguay and northwestern Argentina. There are isolated populations in central Brazil as well.
   They inhabit widely varying environments from humid forests, woodlands, and agricultural areas. Yellow-collared macaws adapt well to areas where people live and is considered securely established in the wild where it is frequently seen in large flocks.

Size - Weight:    Yellow-collared macaws can reach full lengths of 38cm (15 inches).

Description:    Yellow-collared Macaws are a mini-macaw, like the Hahn's Macaw and Severe macaw, that have predominantly green bodies. The forehead, lower cheeks and crown are brown. The edge of the wings are blue, mainly on the primary feathers. The tail is blue at the tip and becomes reddish brown towards the base. The underside of the tail and the flight feathers is yellow. The bare face is creamy white and the bill is dark gray that turns lighter towards the tip. The legs are pink and the eyes are orange.

Care and feeding:   A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.

   See About Macaws: Housing and About Macaws: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:   The Yellow-collared Macaw can become a very good pet for someone who wants to experience the macaw, but wants a smaller bird. These mini macaws are very social and friendly. They are intelligent and eager for attention and play. With a good disposition and responding well to handling and training, they are ideal for the beginner. But they are a typical macaw and can be cranky at times and may prefer only one person or only one gender.       Here's what Jeanni has to say about the little fellow pictured above!...
        "If you take a shower with your yellow-collared, you won't get anything washed on yourself! This bird LOVES to play in water! And his favorite game is one in which he flips over on his back on the playpen floor, grabs my fingers to put them on his head and then shouts "TICKLE!"... Jeanni Kistler-Davis Dragonflyte Creations

   See About Macaws: Social Behaviors for information on developing a well rounded friendly macaw. (Also information on handling and activities).

Breeding/Reproduction:    The usual clutch consists of three or four eggs laid two or three days apart. The eggs incubate for about 25 days. The babies will fledge after about 10 weeks in the nest. Feed the parents plenty of greenstuffs, corn-on-the-cob, carrots, and fruit laced with food supplement while they are rearing the youngsters.

   See About Macaws: Breeding/Reproduction for information on breeding.

Sexual differences:    No visible differences.

Potential Problems:
   Can be noisy (as can all macaws).  See About Macaws: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:    The Yellowed-collared Macaw is a common mini macaw. It should be easy to find these macaws for sale.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Yellow-collared Macaw

Terry bong - 2010-09-25
I am Called Mr Terry Bong and I have 9 macaw parrots and 4 African Grey parrots for adoption. I need only pet caring homes to give them out to. I am soon starting up a new Job and must give them out. I give out each with a cage. My email address is for any one interested.

  • Julia Giddens - 2010-10-09
    Hello - have these all gone? We are a pet loving family and have been thinking of adding a miniature macaw to our menagerie ......... please let me know if still available. Thank you. Would also be interested to know where you are geographically.
  • chad Morris - 2010-12-11
    So does this mean you have any macaw or African Greys available 12/11/10?

    Chad 610-644-2337
  • ahmad - 2010-12-24
    Are they still available? Call 610-216-3015
  • Melba Silver - 2010-12-26
    I would be very interested in adopting a young Grey or yellow collar. I have owned both and used to breed. I only have 1 38 yr old white eyed conure presently and have been wanting another bird. I live in MN and if you are serious please get back to me.
    Thank you.
  • darci - 2011-01-30
    Hi my name is Darci I am 28 single and my baby Mango just passed away. She was my everything . I know she can never be replaced. But I am looking for a new pet bird to share my life with .. Please contact me if you have any left that you are trying to get a new loving home for ..
  • Roger Kerstin - 2011-02-14
    Just checking to see where you are located and if you have any of your parrots left.
  • Gilbert R Rodriguez - 2011-10-13
    Hello Mr. Terry Bong; my name is Gilbert Rodriguez & I recently lost my Charlie a Yellow Collared Macaw which which I had since he was 1yr old in 2003 needles to say I'm looking to replace him so please let me know if you can help, Thanks!!!
  • coree - 2011-11-20
    Where do you live at I live in newaygo michigan if you live out of state I'll pay half the plane ticket and they flown to sparta michigan phone number 231-652-1874.
  • Phyllis - 2013-09-27
    I really love my bird and she needs a friend, I really enjoy all day long with her and will love to have a few more, she is a military macaw and had a yellow collard mini macaw. Really love my babies.
  • linda dauzat - 2014-04-30
    I am interested in adopting. Have large cage, live alone and plenty of time and love to give a bird, thank you call if you need any more info 318 526 4040
ALAN - 2010-01-10
Oh these little fellers are just the greatest! My male yellow-naped, "Frankie", is the house comedian. They love to play and they love to be with you and on you all the time. He's my morning coffee drinking buddy sitting on my shoulder. And at night he snuggles up under my chin and preens my hair so gently it almost puts you to sleep.

Laughs like a human. Loves to be handled. Flips over in your hand to be petted. Gives kises and lord does he love a shower! I gave up on the suction cup perch in the shower. Frankie loves to be on your shoulder and shouts, "WOOOOO!" and laughs when you go under the water. Of course he's all grown up now. He calls himself "Frank" now.

Great pets! They can be nippy at times and Frankie always says, "OWW!" when he bites so he knows what he's doing. They can get very territorial with only one person and then bite YOU when others are around. They need to be socialized with many people. They are very intelligent and pretty easy maintenance. Great animated birds but they are VERY LOUD. If you are looking for a quiet bird, the yellow-naped is not for you. They do vocalize. And if not clipped, they will hunt you down in the house. LOL! Frankie lands on your shoulder and says, "Peek-a-boo!" Be very careful with birds if you have ceiling fans. Keep those little wings clipped to protect them.

SjB - 2004-10-19

Dana - 2012-03-02
I need to know what pesticide is safe to use in the cage for knats and moths? I found demetrious Earth food grade, has anyone any information for me? Thanks.

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    You can use Camicide - not the aerosole but the pump. It is a natural made from Chrysanthemums and it works. You can do another thing which really helps and that is freeze your seed for 24 hours prior to use. That kills the seed moths/knats. Easier.
Phyllis - 2012-05-31
My yellow collared military macaw has beak problems the top grow long and curved and the bottom one side grows taller than the other... What should I do ???

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    You would need to take the macaw to an avian vet and have the top beak filed down. The bottom beak is probably crooked as the top beak has grown to long forcing the bottom beak sideways. It is an easy process and the bird does not have to be put to sleep to do this. The beak needs to be filed. Then put a concrete perch in the cage as the top perch and he should be able to file it himself from there.

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