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Black-capped Conure

 (Pyrrhura rupicola)

Also known as: Black-capped Parakeet, Rock Conure

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Companion Black-capped Conure
© David Brossard | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-capped Conure may breed in the wild with the Green-cheeked Conure, producing hybrids.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura rupicola

Species Profile

Genus: Pyrrhura | Species: rupicola

Size:

25cm (9.75 in)

Weight:

70g (2.45 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: P.r. rupicola, P.r. sandiae

Colour Adult:

P.r. rupicola: Both adults black forehead to occiput; green cheeks, ear coverts and line above eye; black hindneck with off white scalloping to feathers; dark brown breast scalloped with off white; lower breast washed with dull yellow; red primary coverts and carpal edge; green tail. Bill black. Bare eye ring grey, eye brown.
P.r. sandiae: Both adults narrower off white scalloping to feathers of neck and breast; on hindneck almost none.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but duller; green primary coverts and carpal edge. Cere and bare eye ring white.

Call:

Calls made in flight high pitched yapping sounds.

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Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
AvianWeb
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 29454 Black-capped Parakeet (Pyrrhura rupicola), Parker, Theodore A., III, Madre de Dios, Peru, Jul. 23 1982, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Companion Black-capped Conure
© David Brossard | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-capped Conure may breed in the wild with the Green-cheeked Conure, producing hybrids.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura rupicola

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2m (6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apples, pears, bananas, oranges, cactus fruits, forming about 30 percent of diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas in the pod and beans; fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, dandelion, chickweed; small seed mix such as: canary, millet, safflower, millet; limited soaked and sprouted sunflower; cooked beans and pulses, boiled maize and complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Vigorous chewer; provide lots of bird-safe branches (unsprayed) such as fir, willow, elder and pine; vegetable tanned leather toys. Shallow water bowls for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

8" x 8" x 30" (20.3cm x 20.3cm x 76cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

5-7

Incubation Time:

23-24 days

Fledging Age:

7-8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Companion Black-capped Conure
© David Brossard | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-capped Conure may breed in the wild with the Green-cheeked Conure, producing hybrids.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura rupicola

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The main threat to this species is rapidly increasing deforestation in the Amazon Basin as land is cleared for cattle ranching and soy production.

Range:

P.r. rupicola: CE Peru.
P.r. sandiae: SE Peru to W Brazil and N Bolivia.

Habitat:

Found up to 300m (984 ft), in humid lowland tropical forest, including varzea and terra firme. Sometimes found in E Andean foothills.

Wild Diet:

Recorded feeding on Cecropia fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Feeds in canopy. Resident. Found in pairs or small family groups during breeding season; at other times in flocks of up to 30 individuals. Roosts communally.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Up to 7 in captivity.

Breeding Season:

February-March

Related Links:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

Click photo to visit gallery

Companion Black-capped Conure
© David Brossard | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-capped Conure may breed in the wild with the Green-cheeked Conure, producing hybrids.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura rupicola

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