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Rose-crowned Conure

 (Pyrrhura rhodocephala)

Also known as: Rose-crowned Parakeet, Rose-headed Conure or Parakeet

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Wild Rose-crowned Conure feeding
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Did You Know?

The bright red cap and white primary coverts distinguish the Rose-crowned Conure from all other small long-tailed South American parrots. This species is also possibly the quietest of the Pyrrhura conures.

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Related publications: Pyrrhura rhodocephala

Species Profile

Genus: Pyrrhura | Species: rhodocephala

Size:

24cm (9.3 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults mainly green in colour; rose/red forehead to occiput; maroon ear coverts; orange/yellow carpal edge with white tint; white primary coverts. Tail brown/red. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring bare and white. Eye brown.

Colourization Juvenile:

Green crown with dull blue tinge, with scattered red feathers; blue primary coverts.

Call:

Calls made in flight softer and less harsh than those of most Pyrrhura species. Calls made while perched are clear and sharp, or rapidly repeated staccato notes.

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Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 68607, Rose-crowned Parakeet Pyrrhura rhodocephala, Schwartz, Paul, Merida, Venezuela, April 1970, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Rose-crowned Conure feeding
© Ron Hoff

Did You Know?

The bright red cap and white primary coverts distinguish the Rose-crowned Conure from all other small long-tailed South American parrots. This species is also possibly the quietest of the Pyrrhura conures.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura rhodocephala

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

Probably 10-15yrs.

Housing:

Aviary with shelter 3 x 1 x 2m (9.8 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits, kiwi, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; fresh corn on the cob; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses and boiled maize; limited cubed hard cheese; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Avid chewer so provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine, willow and elder branches, heat sterilized pine cones, wooden block and vegetable tanned leather toys; swings, ropes, and ladders.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 8" x 8" x 24" (20.3cm x 20.3cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

Probably 23-24 days.

Fledging Age:

Probably 7-8 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

Probably 5g (0.2 oz).

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Conure.org

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Wild Rose-crowned Conure feeding
© Ron Hoff

Did You Know?

The bright red cap and white primary coverts distinguish the Rose-crowned Conure from all other small long-tailed South American parrots. This species is also possibly the quietest of the Pyrrhura conures.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura rhodocephala

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Reported decline due to deforestation not considered a problem yet; probably a long-term issue.

Range:

NW Venezuela.

Habitat:

Found from 1500-2500m (4920-8200 ft) in the subtropical zone in montane humid forest and elfin woodland, including secondary growth areas and partly cleared forest, forest edge and paramos.

Wild Diet:

Probably berries, seeds, fruits and flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious; generally seen in flocks of 10-30 birds outside breeding season. Larger groups gather in communal roost at night. Generally quieter than other Pyrrhura species.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Probably 4-6 eggs.

Breeding Season:

April-June

Related Links:

Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Wild Rose-crowned Conure feeding
© Ron Hoff

Did You Know?

The bright red cap and white primary coverts distinguish the Rose-crowned Conure from all other small long-tailed South American parrots. This species is also possibly the quietest of the Pyrrhura conures.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura rhodocephala

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