Yellow Collared Mini Macaw

Yellow-Collared Mini-Macaw

The Yellow Collared Mini Macaw, ara auricollis Cassin, is about 38 cm (18 inches) when adult size. They are a middle sized "mini Macaw".  Their weight is between 175 and 210 grams average.  The Yellow Collared is predominantly green, with their forehead, crown and lower checks brownish-black.  There is a slight bluish tinge on the hind crown, and a yellow collar encircling their hind neck.  the primaries and primary coverts are blue.  The naked facial skin is creamy white.  The beak is gray black and becoming horned-colored at the tip. Immature birds will look the same except that the babies have a less defined yellow ring around their neck, although only slightly less defined.


These birds are from the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, and the provinces of Beni, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, Bolvia, through Paraguay to north-western Argentina in southern Jujuy and northern Salta.  They are plentiful in swamplands throughout Mato Grosso, Brazil. They travel more in small flocks, and when they do pair together, it seems to be less obvious within their social units.


They have a tendency to have a sharp, high-pitched screech.  


Yellow Collars are playful fun, energetic, inquisitive and into everything.  They have plenty of personality and can't resist toys.  Like most of the mini-macaw species, they can be a bit stubborn when wanting their own way, but not in a mean way.  They can be an O.K. talker probably learning a dozen or more words, but quick to learn.  


This slightly larger size mini-macaws  need a cage about 24" x 24". but because they do have a long tail feather, they need a cage that would be taller on the inside then what most birds might need.   I found that these guys do like toys that they can swing and hang on, so that means, you need to have room in their cage to take this into consideration.  They are not really hard on a cage, but a good quality powder-coated cage would be excellent.  Suitable bar spacing would be 5/8" to 3/4".


The best diet for any parrot and not withstanding, as with the yellow collars, would be pellets  and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.   They are not very fussy eaters and are fond of sunflower seeds and nuts.  Avoid the sunflower seeds, but macaws do well with nuts maybe a small handful now and then. Of course you can always use sunflower seeds as a good bird reward.  With a good pellet diet, additional vitamins are not necessary except maybe spirulina.  Spirulina will enhance the color on your Mini Macaw, such as the reds and blues, plus it is very healthy.  There are a lot of mixes on  the market today which will broadened a vegetable and fruit diet.  Seed should be fed only in small portions by hand, maybe when doing trick training or “good-bird” offerings.  There are also excellent “good food” treats available through a good bird store.   A must with any parrot is a water bottle system.  This will provide fresh, clean water to your bird at all times, even when you aren’t home for a couple of days.


They will usually reach maturity between 2 and 3 years of age.


Be sure that you have unrelated birds if you decide to breed.  They can only be sexed either by blood DNA sexing or surgically by a qualified vet.    A  nest box that is about 18" x 18" x 20" high is a good size. They do like them taller, where they tend to go down to the nesting area from the entrance hole.   An ABS plastic nest box should be considered since it is dark on the inside and almost indestructible, and much safer.  Most mini Macaws to my knowledge are never aggressive in a breeding situation..  A female will lay 2-4 eggs about a day or 2 apart, and quite commonly will hatch almost all of them.  They generally will make good parents and will easily raise their babies to 10 days to 2 weeks at which time, they should be pulled for handfeeding.   Be sure to pull babies BEFORE the time they open their eyes since if they are allowed to stay in the next longer, they can be very scared of people.  I have seen baby yellow collars that are pulled from the next too late, become very afraid and roll over on their backs in fear of people, and even be very hard to get them to eat.  Eggs are usually incubated for 28 days.

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