Crimson-bellied Conure

Crimson-bellied Conure

Scientific Name:   Pyrrhura perlata
Origin:  Brazil
Average Lifespan:   20 years
Size:     9 1/2 inches
Color:   Mainly green plumage and red belly
Sounds:   Vocal communicator, shrill squawks
Interaction:   Social

Crimson-bellied Conure

Photo:  Florin Feneru | Flickr

Physical Characteristics of Crimson-Bellied Conure

The Crimson-bellied Conure is truly a wonderful bird pet which can be a source of delight to its owners.  Many bird enthusiasts consider it as one of their prized collections because of its unique features.  It has very distinct physical characteristics. Its plumage is mainly green, but has a bright crimson red color in its lower chest and abdomen as its name suggests.  The same color of crimson red can be seen on the bend of its wings and under wing-coverts.  However, its forehead, back of its head and its crown are dull brown in color.  Its tail is brownish red with a green base.  Its beak is dark grey as well as its feet.  The rings on its eyes are bare and off white and its eyes are dark brown.

The adult Crimson-bellied Conure is identifiable by its yellow green cheeks.  Interestingly, the color of the cheeks turn blue on the lower area of the neck.  Its chest is brown with off white and dark brown and its tail is either brown or red.

Compared to adults, the juveniles have the same coloration but obviously duller during their first six months.  The young obtain their fantastic colors fully after one year.

Personality and Temperament

Unlike most of the parrot species, the Crimson Bellied Conure is generally subdued and quiet and makes sounds only when it is excited.  It is lively and active and enjoys flying around, thus, it is important that it is provided with a roomy bird cage.  When provided with sufficient vitamins and minerals, this species can be very healthy and not be susceptible to diseases like most of the other bird species.  It enjoys bathing, so owners must provide it with a bath dish.  Generally, it is not aggressive towards other birds. It can be playful and can easily be trained to even speak a few words if its owners are patient enough to teach it.

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Health and Care

Aside from seeds, the main diet of the Crimson Bellied Conure consists of fruits, flowers, berries, greens and nuts.  It can also be provided with mixed seeds which can be bought from any local pet shops.

To be certain about its health and well-being, your pet should be vaccinated for the polyoma virus.  It is very important that the juveniles be protected from diseases by vaccination because they have little to no immune system during their first year.  Expert veterinarians are aware of this precautions so it should be a simple task on your part.

If you decide to place your pet indoors, it would demand a lot of attention, thus, must be provided with lots of toys for it to be entertained.  It can also be chewy sometimes, so an ample supply of fresh branches for it to chew would be a wise idea.

If the pet is put in an aviary, a good supply of fresh branches for it to chew up would be necessary.  This can ease their boredom and can give the bird the opportunity to exercise its bill.  Branches serving as natural perches for the bird are also necessary.  Take note, however, that the branches should be replaced regularly so that it would not be toxic for the bird.

With regards to breeding, it is more of a challenge for pet owners of Crimson Bellied Conure to breed because it often produces infertile eggs and the hatching success is very low or none at all.  This species is also prone to mutual disturbance, thus it is crucial that the pairs be isolated during breeding.

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When properly maintained, the Crimson Bellied Conure can live up to 20 years.

History and Background

The Crimson-bellied Conure is also called Crimson Bellied Parakeet, but is more commonly known as Crimson Bellied.  At times, it is also referred to as the “Pearly Conure”.   It is endemic to the subtropical and tropical wet lowlands and forests in the south central Amazon Basin and in northeastern Brazil.

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