Yellow-Collared Macaws feeding and diet journal

Yellow-Collared Macaws feeding and diet journal

Distribution / Habitat

Yellow-collared Macaws occur naturally in central and south-west Brazil; the provinces Beni, Santa Cruz and Tarija in Bolivia; northern Paraguay; and northern Argentina (Southern Jujuy and Northern Salta).

They inhabit cerrado and deciduous woodland where they feed on fruit and seeds.


The Yellow-collareds are amongst the largest of all mini macaws. From head to tail, they measure about 14.96 – 15.75 inches (38 cm – 40 cm) of which about half are the long tail feathers; and they weigh 8.8 – 9.9 oz (250 – 280 grams).

The plumage is mostly green, except for some blue, maroon and yellow markings. They were named for their most notable feature – the yellow collar stretching round the back of the neck; the color of which increases in brightness and width with age.

Diet / Feeding
These birds feed on various seeds, nuts, fruits and green food. Most likely, there are some insects in the mix, too, particularly when raising young.
They will also visit clay licks, where they ingest mineral-rich clay. This clay offers valuable protection against toxins naturally found in their diet.
Captive diet
They are usually provided a good quality seed mix: sunflower, safflower, various millets, oats and hemp seeds* are good ingredients. Dried rowan berries and plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and green food should also be made available, as well as some pine nuts. They also need mineral supplements – especially before and during the breeding season, calcium supplementation is very important. While raising chicks, parents need soft foods, such as eggfood and half-ripe maize for rearing the young.

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