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Yellow Collared Macaw

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Macaws are considered to be the most intelligent of all birds and are called by many biologists the FLYING PRIMATES.  This WORLD specializes in eight species/subspecies of Large Macaws.

Common Name:        Yellow Collared Macaw

Genus/Species:         Ara auricollis


From northern and eastern Bolivia, ranging eastwards into Brazil and southwards into northern Paraguay and northwestern Argentina.

Natural Habitat:

This Macaw occurs in varying types of habitat, ranging from humid upper tropical forest at the base of the Andes, through deciduous chaco woodlands.  Primarily a bird of the lowlands, it does occur up to about 2,000 feet in northwestern Argentina.

Physical Appearance:

Physical appearance may slightly vary depending on geographic area. Regardless of size, all macaws are characterized by strong beaks, long pointed tails, loud voices, and a facial area of bare skin called the cheek patch.  They signal anger or unease by blushing.  The cheek patch of the Yellow Collared Macaw is   off-white.  Their plumage is mainly dark green with a yellow collar encircling two-thirds of the neck.  The distinctive collar increases in size and intensity with age.  The primary wing feathers are blue and the undersides of wings and tail are golden-olive.  The upper surface of the tail is maroon near the base and blue and green towards the tip.


A prolific breeder in captivity, they generally lay three or four eggs in two- or three-day intervals. They exhibit very strong pair bonds.

STATUS in Natural Habitat:

Threatened to endangered in their natural habitat.

Cool Fact:

Yellow Collared macaws are the fourth smallest of all macaws.  They associate in pairs even when part of large groups.  Will display very aggressive behavior towards other birds.


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