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- Scientific Name:
- Common Name/s:
YELLOW COLLARED MACAW.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
- Origin / Distribution:
Parts of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, South America.
- Habitat In Wild:
Treed areas and swamps. They are found in more diverse habitats than
other macaws. They will forage in farmlands and cultivated
- Status In Wild:
Secure. These macaws have adapted to changes in their habitat
and continue to breed in their new environment.
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity:
About 3 - 4 years
- Adult plumage: Attained at by the
time they leave the nest.
- Best breeding years (estimate):
6th year onwards
- Lifespan (estimate): approx. 25
- Sexing: Monomorphic
Can be a noisy bird. Often kept overseas as pets.
Generally breed well in captivity.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $Lots
- Description Of Adults:
More colourful than the other "mini
macaws" and has a yellow collar.
- Length: Approx. 380
- 400 mm (or approx. 15 - 16 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. 260
- 320 gms (or approx. 9.5 - 11.5 ozs)
Level Of Knowledge
Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced /
Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws:
Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Refer to " Macaws "
web page for general details on the housing of Macaws or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
They are not a large macaw and prefer an aviary
of about 4 metres long. Can be housed and bred in a suspended cage if they
have access to an aviary during the non breeding season.
Diet / Feeding: Refer to " Macaws "
web page for general details on the feeding of Macaws or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
In the wild the natural diet is predominantly
Palm fruits and figs.
A balanced diet should consist of fruits,
vegetables and greenstuffs with a range of nuts plus a restricted standard seed
mix. The seed mix to include sunflower seed.
A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and
can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds
preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by
the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared.
If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their
own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and
been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season.
Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has
chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed.
If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight,
ensure the log / nest-box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the
minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.
- Nesting months:
- Log / Nest-box:
/ depth 400 - 600 mm (or approx. 16 - 24 inches)
- Log internal
diameter approx. 250 mm. (or approx. 10
- Nest-box internal dimensions approx. 250
mm square (or approx. 10 inches square)
- Diameter of
hole approx. 80 - 90 mm (or approx. 3 - 3.5 inches)
- Inspection hole (square or round)
100 - 150 mm
(or approx 4 - 6 inches)
- A removable top / lid can be a
useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
- Location and height
of log / nest-box = Usually at mid height under the sheltered
portion of the aviary, but may be higher but not too close to
the roof to cause heat problems in the hotter months.
- Angle of log or nest box = Usually vertical or near
vertical but can be on
any angle through to horizontal.
- Nesting log / nest-box material: Decomposed non-toxic saw
dust, wood shavings or other suitable material/s.
- Who incubates the egg/s:
Hen / cock / both share.
It is important to have a strong "chew proof"
ladder (10 gauge wire mesh is often used ) on the inside of the nest box, below the
entry hole to allow the birds to climb down to the floor of the nest instead of
jumping. The internal ladder is essential in nest boxes that are in
a vertical or near vertical position. The ladder also allows the birds to
easily and safely exit the nest. With nests placed in a horizontal or near
horizontal position a ladder may not be required.
Nest boxes/logs should be placed middle height to high up in the
aviary under cover. Many prefer the nest box / log opening to be in a darker /
shaded part of the aviary that provides a degree of privacy. At least one perch should be at each end of the aviary
and one perch should be close to the nest and be about the same height as the
nest opening. The perch closest to the nest opening is the perch most
often used during the breeding season. The cock bird will use the closest
perch to the nest so he can protect the nest, the hen and their offspring. The same
perch configuration applies to suspended cages.
More details on
parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of
parrot nestbox/log photos
can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos"
web pages. Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos" in
the navigation bars.
Egg Colour White. Clutch/s
per year 1 - 2. Eggs per nest 2 - 4. Incubation approx.
25 - 26 days. Fledge approx. 10 - 12 weeks. Independent
.. Usually by 16 weeks of age.
These birds can become aggressive at
breeding season and may attack the keeper. Nest boxes are best
positioned so the nest inspection can be carried out from outside the
aviary. Nest inspection is best done when the adult birds are out
of the nest.
Yellow collared Macaws will generally tolerate
moderate nest inspections better than most of the other species of macaw.
Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not
be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to
be attempted here.
Refer to "Avian Health Issues"
web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control and Quarantine
requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to
require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web
site. Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page option.
- Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep
updating your knowledge and skills.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- Australian Birdkeeper
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