Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis)
Date Published: July 2012
Note: The Species Profile for the Yellow-collared macaw (Primolius auricollis)
has been prepared by a consultant on behalf of local bird breeders. The
accompanying risk assessment has been undertaken by the Department.
The species is native to the central
region of South America – south-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia,
northern Paraguay and northern Argentina.
There is no record of the species ever
establishing feral populations outside of its natural range. It has had
little impact on human agricultural activities in its natural range
apart from some incursions into grain and maize fields as an opportunist
species. There are no recorded incidences of organised control method
being instigated against the Yellow¬collared macaw. There appear to be
no incidences of adverse behaviours directed at agriculture, disease or
any forms of human habitation. It has a rare status in aviculture in
Australia and has never established escapee populations in Australia or
anywhere else in the world.
The Yellow-collared macaw is not globally
threatened and is listed as least concern by the IUCN. The species has
an extremely large range and the population trend appears to be stable.
The Yellow-collared macaw is listed on Appendix II to the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna and
export and import of this species is therefore subject to regulation
under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Given the low score in Climatch ( <1)
and its extremely low numbers in captivity it would seem unlikely that
wild populations could be reasonably expected to establish in the
Tasmanian bush. To this end it was rated as a Domestic Species by
Wildlife Queensland. The species will/may be a new import into Tasmania
and as such there are none of these parrots currently in Tasmania as far
as we are aware. The benefits are that, as an extremely difficult
species to keep and breed, it will allow selected breeders here the
opportunity to gain further expertise in the captive husbandry of
another endangered captive species.
This risk assessment concludes that the
species is not dangerous to humans, has a low likelihood of
establishment in Tasmania, and low consequences if the species
established in Tasmania.
Risk AssessmentYellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis) Risk Assessment (184Kb)
Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis) Species Profile (144 KB)