Pyrrhura Conures

Pyrrhuras are endemic to tropical and subtropical South America and southern Central America (Panama and Costa Rica), where they can be found in the humid forest and adjacent habitats. In the wild, they typically move around in small, noisy flocks, flying swiftly at or below canopy level.

Once settled in a tree they tend to be silent (especially if they sense danger) and difficult to spot. They nest in tree-crevices. Some species are highly endangered.

Description:

Pyrrhuras are usually smaller with a total length range from 8½-12 in (22 to 30 cm). They are less brightly colored (generally greenish plumage) and less noisy than the Aratinga conures,

Pyrrhuras have long, pointed tails and a relatively narrow, dark greyish to white eye-ring. Many have scaly or barred chest-patterns and whitish, pale grey, buff or reddish ear-patches.

Under the right conditions, Pyrrhuras can be very prolific breeders. Prices range from $125 for many members of the Pyrrhura genus to $700 or more for larger and rarer genus members.


Sub-species:

Blue-throated Conures / Red-rumped Conures (Pyrrhura cruentata) 

Black-capped Conures or Rock Conures (Pyrrhura rupicola rupicola) 

Blaze-winged Parakeet (Pyrrhura devillei – traditionally a subspecies of P. frontalis) 

Crimson-bellied Conures (Pyrrhura perlata perlata) 

Deville’s Parakeet (Pyrrhura lucianii – traditionally a subspecies of P. picta) 

Fiery-shouldered Conures, Demerara Conures (Pyrrhura egregia egregia) 

Green Conures (Aratinga holochlora holochlora) 

Greencheek or Green-cheeked Conures (Pyrrhura molinae molinae) 

Grey-breasted Conures or Parakeets (Pyrrhura [leucotis] griseipectus) 

Hellmayr’s Parakeet (Pyrrhura amazonum) – traditionally a subspecies of P. picta.

  • Madeira Parakeets (Pyrrhura [amazonum] snethlageae)  

Hoffmann’s Conures (Pyrrhura hoffmanni hoffmanni) 

Maroon-tailed Conures, Magdalena Parakeest, Berlepsch’s Parakeets (Pyrrhura melanura melanura) 

Painted Conures (Pyrrhura picta picta)

  • Venezuelan Conures / Parakeets (Pyrrhura [picta] emma) – traditionally a subspecies of P. leucotis
  • Sinú Parakeets, (Pyrrhura [picta] subandina) – possibly extinct
  • Todd’s (Perijá) Parakeets (Pyrrhura [picta] caeruleiceps)
  • Azuero Parakeets (Pyrrhura [picta] eisenmanni)  

Pearly Conures (Pyrrhura lepida lepida – formerly P. perlata) 

Pfrimer’s Conures (Pyrrhura pfrimeri – formerly considered a subspecies of P. leucotis

Red-eared Conures (Pyrrhura hoematotis hoematotis) 

Rose-fronted Parakeets aka Roseifrons Conures, Red-crowned or Rose-headed Conures / Parakeets (Pyrrhura roseifrons) – traditionally a subspecies of the Painted Conure (P. picta)

  • Wavy-breasted Parakeets or Conures (Pyrrhura [roseifrons] peruviana)  

Santa Marta Conure or Santa Marta Parakeet also sometimes referred to as Santa Maria Conure (Pyrrhura viridicata) 

Sulphur-winged Parakeest aka Hoffmann’s Conures (Pyrrhura hoffmanni hoffmanni) 

White-eyed (Maroon-faced) Conures (Pyrrhura leucotis leucotis) 

Maroon-bellied Conures (Pyrrhura frontalis frontalis)


Brown-breasted Conures: Please scroll up for additional information.

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

Species: Scientific: Pyrrhura calliptera … English: Brown-breasted Conure, Beautiful Conure … Dutch: Bruinborstparkiet … German: Prachtflügelsittich … French: Perruche à gorge brune … CITES II – Endangered

Distribution: Boyacá and Cundinamarca, Central Colombia


El Oro Conures: Please scroll up for additional information.

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

Species: Scientific: Pyrrhura orcesi … English: El Oro Parakeet, El Oro Conure … Dutch: El Oro Parkiet … German: El Oro Sittich … French: Perruche d’El Oro … CITES II – Endangered

Distribution: Andes Province of El Oro and Azuay, South-western Ecuador


Rose-crowned Conures


Santa Marta Conure or Santa Marta Parakeet also sometimes referred to as Santa Maria Conure (Pyrrhura viridicata)


White-necked Conures:

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

Species: Scientific: Pyrrhura albipectus … English: White-necked Conure … Dutch: Witnekparkiet … German: Weißbrustsittich, Weißhalssittich … French: Perruche à nuque blanc … CITES II – Endangered

Distribution: South-eastern Ecuador

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