The Crimson-bellied Conure or Crimson-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura perlata)
Scientific Name: Pyrrhura perlata Size: 9.5 inches Native Region: South-central Amazon Basin Life Expectancy: 20 years Noise Level: Quiet Talk/Trick Ability: Good
The plumage is mainly green with a narrow reddish-brown frontal band. The most distinguishing features of this conure are the bright crimson-red colored lower breast and abdomen - and that color can also be seen on the bend of wing and under wing-coverts. The forehead, crown and back of the head are dull brown, each feather edged with whitish-brow. The forehead has a pale-blue tinge. The feathers on side of neck, throat and upper breast are brown each feather being broadly edged with whitish to dull yellow. Adults have a blue collar on the hindneck in varying thicknesses. The brown cheeks are washed with a dull blue. The lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird's head) and cheeks yellowish-green becoming pale blue on lower cheeks. The ear coverts (feathers covering the ears) are off-white / cream-colored. The brown breast is barred off-white and dark brown. They have a brownish-red tail with a green base. The bill is dark grey and the feet grey. The eye rings are bare and off-white, and the eyes dark brown. Discription: Immature birds look like adults, but they have a duller plumage, green abdomen and dark irises. They have variably mixed blue and a few red-edged feathers - some young fledge with adult plumage.Sexing is Undeterminable by appearance. Males and females look alike. DNA or surgical sexing is recommended.
Crimson-bellied Conures are generally quiet and they are usually only vocal when excited. They quickly grow confiding. These are lively and active conures that enjoy flying about, so plenty of space should be provided. They tend to be hardy and are not as susceptible to diseases as some other bird species are, especially when provided good nutrition and suitable environment. They enjoy bathing often. The chewing requirement varies from pair to pair. It is important to provide a regular supply of fresh branches to satisfy their chewing urges as well as to provide entertainment. They are not usually aggressive to other birds. The vividly colored Crimson-bellied Conure is a playful bird, and can easily be trained to do tricks and maybe even to speak a few words. Even though Crimson-bellied Conures are comparatively quieter than other conures, they are still noisier than say cockatiels or budgies. Crimson-bellied conures are very active and require a lot of mental stimulation in order to thrive. They should also be provided sufficient space in which to fly. Because they enjoy exploring and chewing, plenty of safe chewing opportunities should be given to them. Crimson-bellied conures are generally hardy birds that do well when provided with the proper nutrition and a good living environment; they tend to not be as susceptible to disease as other bird species.
Diet / Feeding:
Natural diet: Their main diet consists of fruits, flowers, seeds, berries and nuts. They regularly visit barreiros (places where mineral-rich soil is available) to feed. Captive Diet: They should be provided with plenty of fruit, vegetables and greenfood; as well as a regular supply of branches with flowers and buds. A good quality seed mix of safflower, oats, some sunflower (also sprouted), hemp, buckwheat, millets, canary seed and rowan berries should be available at all times. They also enjoy millet spray and should have access to mineral and vitamin supplements.
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