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Grey-breasted Conure

 (Pyrrhura griseipectus)

Also known as: Grey-breasted Parakeet

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Captive Grey-breasted Conure
© Alison Hales

Did You Know?

The Grey-breasted Conure was once considered conspecific with the White-eared Conure, Pyrrhura leucotis. It is now listed as a separate species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura griseipectus

Species Profile

Genus: Pyrrhura | Species: griseipectus

Size:

23cm (9 in)

Weight:

About 50g (1.75 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general mostly green; dark brown forecrown to nape, spotted or streaked with white/brown which varies from bird to bird; brown/purple frontal band, cheeks, lores and area around eyes; white ear coverts; dull grey breast barred with white and dark brown; green hindneck, with broad blue edging; brown/red centre of abdomen; patch on lower back to uppertail coverts brown/red; burgundy tail. Bill grey/black. Eye ring bare and grey/white. Eye brown/orange.

Colour Juvenile:

In general duller than adults, with less evident barring on breast; red abdominal patch with scattered green feathers. Cere and bare eye ring white, with less grey.

Call:

Calls made in flight sharp and rapidly repeated in three or four note series; also a high-pitched, staccato chee-cheet. Short, single notes while perched.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

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
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989. 2010 edition
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots, Forshaw, 2017.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Captive Grey-breasted Conure
© Alison Hales

Did You Know?

The Grey-breasted Conure was once considered conspecific with the White-eared Conure, Pyrrhura leucotis. It is now listed as a separate species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura griseipectus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

As for White-eared Conure: aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2m (6 ft 8 in).

Diet:

As for White-eared Conure: fruits such as: apple, orange, banana, cactus fruits, papaya, mango, kiwi; vegetables such as: carrots, green beans, celery, peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; fresh corn; spray millet; small seed mix such as: millet, canary, and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses, boiled maize and complete kibble.

Enrichment:

As for White-eared Conure: enjoys bathing so provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls. Also may be avid chewer so provide lots of unsprayed, bird-safe flowering, fir, pine, willow or elder branches and perches, wooden block and vegetable tanned leather toys, as well as heat-sterilized pine cones.

Nest Box Size:

As for White-eared Conure: vertical box 8" x 8" x 28" (20cm x 20cm x 70cm).

Clutch Size:

4-5

Incubation Time:

As for White-eared Conure: 20-24 days.

Fledging Age:

As for White-eared Conure: 42-48 days

Hatch Weight:

As for White-eared Conure: 3-4g (0.1-0.15 oz).

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Captive Grey-breasted Conure
© Alison Hales

Did You Know?

The Grey-breasted Conure was once considered conspecific with the White-eared Conure, Pyrrhura leucotis. It is now listed as a separate species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura griseipectus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

About 300, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species has declined due to habitat destruction, the original forest cover now reduced to only 13% in Serra do Baturité in Ceará. Illegal local and national trade in wild caught birds is ongoing.

Range:

Restricted to NE Brazil, in Ceará, possibly in Alagoas and at Serra Negra, Pernambuco.

Habitat:

Found up to 1000m (3280 ft) in forest and forest margins at higher elevations.

Wild Diet:

Reported tree and shrub fruits include Inga bahiensis, Byrsonima sp., jambul (Syzygium jambolanum) and loquat (Eryobotria japonica).

Ecology and Behaviour:

Usually seen in small flocks in swift flight; otherwise feeds quietly at the top of the canopy where is easily overlooked.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-5 elliptical eggs, 26.5 x 19.1mm (1 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

January-April

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
Article: New population of Grey-breasted Parakeets found in NE Brazil

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Captive Grey-breasted Conure
© Alison Hales

Did You Know?

The Grey-breasted Conure was once considered conspecific with the White-eared Conure, Pyrrhura leucotis. It is now listed as a separate species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura griseipectus

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