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Yellow collared macaws

These macaws are sometimes known as ‘mini-macaws’, as they are smaller than the well-known true macaws. Although they are smaller birds than the true macaws they are still very demanding pets – they will chew anything they can get their beaks on and will squawk for hours if not given sufficient attention.

About yellow collared macaws

Common NameYellow collared macaw
Scientific NamePrimolius auricollis
Native toSouth America, particularly Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay
Natural HabitatFound in various habitats including forests, savanna, chaco plains and pantanal wetlands
DietFruit, flowers and seeds
Life Expectancy50 years
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (IUCN 3.1)

About our yellow collared macaws

We have two yellow collared macaws.

How we care for our yellow collared macaws

Our yellow collared macaws are housed in our Birds of the World Aviary, in our arboretum.

They have a large outdoor aviary with mesh panels, with branching for perching and double mesh to protect them from predators.

They also have an indoor aviary, with nest boxes, perching branches and their feeding and water stations.

Our yellow collared macaws are fed bird seed, fruit and vegetables.

How you can help yellow collared macaws

Although they are not threatened in the wild, you can help yellow collared macaws by:

  • making sure that you don't buy wild caught animals as pets
  • making sure that you don't release pet animals into the wild
  • thinking carefully before buying exotic pets - they can be difficult to look after and require specialist care