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Black-capped Conure, Pyrrhura rupicola - Female

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    Black-capped ConureThe Black-capped Conure, Pyrrhura rupicola – also known as the Black-capped Parakeet, the Rock Conure or the Sandia Conure – is native to the western Amazon basin from Peru to Bolivia and possibly the western edge of Brazil.

    Its preferred habitat includes humid lowland forests, less often in east Andean foothills up to 300m.

    The average flock size consists of 20-30 conures; smaller groups during the breeding season.

     

    Description:

    This conure averages 9.8 inches (25cm) in length and weighs around 2.5 ounces or 70 grams.

    Its plumage is mostly green with a dark brown-black cap, whitish scaly neck and breast, red wing coverts (upper, not lower – along leading edge) and a black beak. The breast feathers are dark with light tips, rather than the opposite.

    Young Black-capped Conures have more green on their wing edges and primary coverts than do adults.

    Black-capped Conure, Pyrrhura rupicola

     

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      Black-capped Conure, Pyrrhura rupicola

      Personality:

      The Black-capped Conure is one of the quieter Conure species, yet they share the same affectionate, inquisitive and playful personality. The Black-capped Conure is said to be more laid-back than most conures, but they have also been described as timid with new people. They love human companionship and can be taught a few words or phrases and tricks.

       

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      Breeding:

      Black-capped Conures are rare in aviculture and special care should be taken in ensuring that the breeding efforts are successful. Black-capped Conures generally lay four to seven eggs, which they incubate for 23 to 24 days.

       

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      Black-capped Conure

      Black-capped Conure, Pyrrhura rupicola or Black-capped Parakeet

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        Taxonomy:

        Genus: Scientific: Pyrrhura … English: Red-tailed Conures … Dutch: Roodstaartparkieten … German: Rotschwanzsittiche … French: Perruche à queue rouge

        Species: Scientific: Pyrrhura rupicola rupicola … English: Black-capped Conure, Rock Conure … Dutch: Zwartkopparkiet … German: Steinsittich, Schwarzkappensittich … French: Perruche des Rochers

        Sub-Species / Races Including Nominate: rupicola, sandiae … CITES II – Endangered

        Distribution: Central Peru


         

        Sub-species:

        Sandia Conures:

        Genus: Scientific: Pyrrhura … English: Red-tailed Conures … Dutch: Roodstaartparkieten … German: Rotschwanzsittiche … French: Perruche à queue rouge

        Species: Scientific: Pyrrhura rupicola sandiae … English: Sandia Conure … Dutch: Sandia Parkiet … German: Sandia Steinsittich … French: Perruche des Rochers Sandia … CITES II – Endangered

        Distribution: South-eastern Peru, Extreme North-western Brazil, Northern Bolivia

        Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


         

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