Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis)

Date Published: July 2012

Assessment Summary

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.

Assessment Documentation

Risk Assessment

Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis) Risk Assessment   (184Kb)

Species Profile

Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis) Species Profile (144 KB)


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