Ara auricollis .................................................................. By Gideon Scheepers

Description

They are generally green with a blue tinge on the top of the nape. There is a yellow collar on the nape. The primaries and coverts are blue. The bill is black with a horn-colour to the tip. The iris is orange and the naked facial skin is white. The feet and legs are grey. They become 38 cm in length.

Range and Habitat

These macaws are found in central Brazil and northeast and southwest Mato Grosso as well as northern and eastern Bolivia, northern Paraguay up to northwest Argentina. They are at home in all types of terrain, which have trees. There are seen in pairs or small groups outside the breeding season.

Housing in Aviculture

They can be bred in conventional as well as suspended aviaries; we use suspendeds with great success. They are provided with a nest box 30 cm X 30 cm by 60 cm deep.

Breeding in Aviculture

They breed readily in Aviculture and some pairs are quite prolific. They will breed anytime of the year but become most active in spring. After courtship the hen will lay a clutch of 3 to 4 eggs and incubate them alone for a period of 26 days. The young will fledge after 12 weeks. It is possible to get multiple clutches per year from these birds.

Pet Quality

They make great pets, but some do tend to become a bit nippy, they will learn to speak a few words.

Mutations

As far as I have been able to find out, none exist at present, if you know of any or have photos please e-mail me at gideon@thomasriver.co.za

 

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