Yellow-collared Macaw
Ara auricollis

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Psittacidae

SIZE:
15 inches in length, 7.5 inch tail

RANGE:
Central Brazil, northern and eastern Bolivia, across northern Paraguay to Jujuy and Salta Province in northwest Argentina

HABITAT:
All types of terrain with trees, humid forest, gallery forests along water, dry grasslands with isolated trees, and some areas of cultivated land

DIET:
Wild - fruits, seeds and buds, occasionally in maize and corn fields

Zoo - Parrot mix (pellets and seeds); fresh fruit; treats include peanuts and monkey biscuits

DESCRIPTION:

  • Green plumage with reddish brown forehead, crown and cheeks brownish black; a slight bluish tinge to the nape and yellow neck band
  • Tail upper side is reddish brown and has blue tip and the underside is olive yellow
  • Black bill with lighter color tip
  • Feet are gray

FACTS:

  • Usually lives in pairs or in small groups outside of the breeding season
  • Often squabbles for best perch
  • Swift flyers
  • High pitched or rolling alarm call

STATUS:
CITES App. II; heavily collected for pet trade