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Brown-breasted Conure

 (Pyrrhura calliptera)

Also known as: Brown-breasted Parakeet, Flame-winged Conure or Parakeet, Beautiful Conure

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Brown-breasted Conure in the wild

Did You Know?

Because members of the Pyrrhura genus or group are extremely inquisitive it is essential that every corner and join in an enclosure for captive birds be inspected prior to placing the birds in. These birds are extremely adept at finding a way out of their aviaries.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura calliptera

Species Profile

Genus: Pyrrhura | Species: calliptera

Size:

22cm (8.6 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults green body; red/brown ear coverts; red/brown breast, faintly barred paler brown and dusky black; yellow primary coverts and carpal edge; red/brown tail. Bill horn coloured. Eye ring bare and white. Eye yellow.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but green primary coverts and carpal edge. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls in flight are harsh and are heard at long distances.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 issue
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Brown-breasted Conure in the wild

Did You Know?

Because members of the Pyrrhura genus or group are extremely inquisitive it is essential that every corner and join in an enclosure for captive birds be inspected prior to placing the birds in. These birds are extremely adept at finding a way out of their aviaries.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura calliptera

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not usually found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Enclosure 1 x 1 x 2m (3.3 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) with shelter, minimum temperature 10C (50 F).

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, guava, mango, papaya, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrots, celery, green beans, peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, dandelion, sowthistle, chickweed; berries such as: mountain ash, elder and pyracantha; millet spray; soaked or sprouted sunflower; small seed mix such as: canary, millet, and smaller amounts of buckwheat, safflower, oats and a little hemp; cooked beans and pulses and boiled maize; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 25cm x 25cm x 70cm (10 x 10 x 30 in).

Clutch Size:

Not available

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Conure.org

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Brown-breasted Conure in the wild

Did You Know?

Because members of the Pyrrhura genus or group are extremely inquisitive it is essential that every corner and join in an enclosure for captive birds be inspected prior to placing the birds in. These birds are extremely adept at finding a way out of their aviaries.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura calliptera

Species Wild Status

World Population:

5000-10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is declining due to habitat loss and persecution as a crop pest.

Range:

C Colombia.

Habitat:

Found from 1500-3400m (4920-11,152 ft) in the upper subtropical and temperate zone cloud forest, other humid forest; also elfin woodland and paramo with bushes or scattered forest patches, and areas with shrubs, secondary growth, peatbog paramo and clearings.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits of Cecropia, Clusia and Brunellia sp. and seeds. May take cultivated maize.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious; seen in groups of of 6-14 and sometimes more. Makes local altitudinal movements but otherwise is resident. Feeds mainly in trees and low bushes.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not available

Breeding Season:

Starting in August.

Related Links:

Infonatura
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Brown-breasted Conure in the wild

Did You Know?

Because members of the Pyrrhura genus or group are extremely inquisitive it is essential that every corner and join in an enclosure for captive birds be inspected prior to placing the birds in. These birds are extremely adept at finding a way out of their aviaries.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura calliptera

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