Scientific Name: Pyrrhura rupicola
Origin: Peru and Bolivia
Average Lifespan: 10 to 30 years
Size: Up to 10 inches
Color: Mainly green
Sounds: Relatively Quiet
Physical Characteristics Black-capped Conure
Known to be one of the smallest species of conures, the Black-capped conure weighs only in the range of about 55 to 70 grams compared to other conure species that weigh a bit heavier on an average. They could grow up to 10 inches long from head to the tip of the tail.
Their color is mainly green on the body area. The head region (forehead, nape, crown, back of the head) is black-brown while the upper breast area up to the throat is dark brown. The abdominal region is tinged with bluish markings while the tail remains green but with dark gray undersides. They have grey feet, legs, and beak. Black-capped conure has another mutation which is called the Yellow-sided black-capped conure in which the prominent difference is the yellow shaded sides. Young birds are similar to adult except that their green plumage is duller and they eye rings are white.
Personality and Temperament
Black-capped conures have very great personality suitable for a house pet. They are enjoyable to be with because of their clowny personality. At first encounter, they tend to be shy and aloof, but once you get their trust they could be a very good companion pet bird. These birds can be tamed through hand-rearing at young age.
The can be quiet compared to their co-specie but they also create noise that are very moderate. They are ideal for those who want a less noisy pet bird. They are inquisitive pet birds that love to play a lot. They love to be in water and play with it, thus, offering a shallow pan with water to dip their feet is highly recommended because lack of it will lead them to play with their tub of drinking water.
During out of the cage time, it is important that you watch them closely because their curiosity leads them to different parts of the house which can make them prone to accidents. They will go often to where the water is, like the bathroom and kitchen sink. Do not also leave the doors open because they may become attracted to go outside of the house to explore the surroundings.
Health and Care
It is necessary to provide them with a cage that is big enough for them to do their daily exercise and wings flapping. The minimum size recommended is 18” x 18” x 24”. However, for very active birds that spend most of their time inside the cage, a bigger-sized one maybe required.
The shallow pan of water placed in their cage must be replaced on a daily basis as well as their drinking water. Provide them with a play stand to use during out of the cage activities. A durable wood that can resist chewing, a non-toxic painted metal, or a stainless steel metal perch stand could be some of the options. Several of these perches in different height are recommended for their well-being and to keep them occupied.
Their bird diet should consist of highly formulated pellet and seed mixes, different fruits and vegetables that are safe for birds, seed sprouts, and cuttlebone for calcium needs.
History and Background
The Black-capped conure is also known as the Rock Conure or Black-capped parakeet. It belongs to the parrot family from the Amazon Basin and Andean Slopes neighboring Bolivia and Peru. In the wild, they flock in a group of 20 to 30 birds.
The female Black-capped conure could produce up to 7 eggs which are incubated for about 24 days. The chicks will start to show signs of independence and fledging at 7 to 8 weeks but will completely leave the nest and feed themselves after 2 or 3 weeks more. They can be very aloof during breeding season and do not want to be seen in their nest as much as possible. It’s either they go aggressive or anxious on humans checking them out during breeding so make sure to do this activity in a very seldom schedule.