Diet and Nutrition
Although the range of wild yellow-collared macaws is relatively small, it spans several countries. The bird eats a great variety of local fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetation. A pet yellow-collared should eat a diet that is just as varied.
Macaws, depending on their size, will eat about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of parrot mix and about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fruit and vegetables per day. Provide fresh drinking water every day. Supplement that with seeds and nuts to keep the bird healthy and happy.
Never feed these birds avocados, chocolate, rhubarb, coffee beans, or alcoholic beverages as they can be toxic.
Yellow-collared macaws live to play. This macaw needs a minimum of 1 to 2 hours of playtime outside of the cage each day to let it stretch and exercise his legs, beak, and wings. This time is also an opportune moment for training, whether it be teaching the bird to talk or fun bird tricks. They love to clown around, and you’ll have lots of fun bringing out this part of their personality.
When outside the cage, a sturdy play stand with a place for treats and toys is essential for these playful little acrobats. Good parrot toys should be tough and plentiful in and out of the cage. The yellow-collared macaw needs to stay busy, so the more bird-safe toys you can give your bird, the happier it will be. Wood, leather, and rope are excellent materials, and be sure to have backups available so you can replace worn toys.