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Pyrrhura Conures - Species Profile:
Origin: Central and South America
The Pyrrhura Conures is a collective name for several parrot species that include the Green-cheeked Conure, Maroon-Bellied Conure, Pearly Conure, Black-Capped Conure, Painted Conure, Crimson-Bellied Conure, and others.
General descriptionPyrrhura Conures are small to medium size birds with predominantly green plumage complemented with other colours (red blues and/or grey depending on the species). They have a white eye-ring and a long tail. The feathers on the chest are tipped with lighter colours, which gives Conures a ruffled look. Young birds have a shorter tail, and their plumage appears duller than that in adults.
The lifespan is 20 to 25 years.
TemperamentPyrrhura Conures have quiet, playful, friendly, affectionate, and highly intelligent personalities. They are very good to keep in an apartment as they do not make a lot of noise. These gentle birds require a lot of attention and, ideally, companionship of other birds (strongly recommended). Their talking ability depends on the individual, but they are generally able to mimic some human words. However, do not expect your Pyrrhura Conure to be like Budgerigars or Amazon parrots. Pyrrhura Conures aren't overly destructive, but they will thoroughly study their cage looking for any flaw that can possibly help them reclaim their freedom. They can learn to perform tricks such as lying on their back and "kissing". Additionally, Pyrrhura Conures can be trained to go to the bathroom in special areas when they are out of the cage. Some individuals can be prone to biting, particularly when they are young, but an owner can correct this behaviour with patience and time.
Overall, Pyrrhura Conures are easy to deal with and take care of, so they make a good pet choice for novice owners.
Health and nutritionConures can suffer from Aspergillosis, feather plucking and Psittacosis.
Their diet should consist of a good parrot mix complemented with small cereal seeds, vegetables and fruit such as sweet apples, carrots, pears, figs, oranges, corn and brown rice.
Pyrrhura Conure cageThe Pyrrhura Conure cage size should be about 40 x 24 x 30 inches (100 x 60 x 80 cm). Cages of this size are usually good to house a pair of Conures. The cage should have horizontal bars, and it must also be equipped with perches. Make sure you've supplied your parrot with lots of toys so that it doesn't become bored. Make sure the cage lock is secure.
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