Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis)


French: Ara à collier jaune German: Halsbandara Spanish: Guacamayo acollarado

Ara auricollis


, 1853,



Closely related to P. couloni and P. maracana. Monotypic.


N & E Bolivia and SW Brazil (Mato Grosso) to N Paraguay and N Argentina (E Jujuy, N Salta); a possibly isolated population in C Brazil (around I do Bananal, in W Tocantins).

Descriptive notes

37–45 cm; 240–250 g. Bare facial patch from base of bill above and behind eye white; forehead and area bordering lower facial patch blackish green shading to... read more


Flight call a loud rasping “raaah” (softer and less harsh than the large Ara macaws but... read more


Open cerrado, gallery woodland in Pantanal and deciduous Chaco woodland, also humid upper... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and seeds reported, but no specific information.


Dec in Argentina. Nest in hole in tree, in one case 20 m from ground. Eggs 3–4; in captivity, incubation lasts c. 23 days, nestling... read more


Near the Itenez R, Bolivia, birds were noted as common but they left the area before the end of the... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (LEAST CONCERN). CITES II. Common and ecologically adaptable. Some concern over trade levels from Bolivia in late 1970s, which escalated to an annual... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 6 December 2019).