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Painted Conure

 (Pyrrhura picta)

Also known as: Painted Parakeet, Blue-winged Conure

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Wild Painted Conures
© Luiz Claudio Marigo

Did You Know?

The Painted Conure was once conspecific with 8 subspecies.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura picta

Species Profile

Genus: Pyrrhura | Species: picta

Size:

22cm (8.6 in)

Weight:

54-70g (1.9-2.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults dark brown crown to nape with blue wash on forecrown; brown/red face and area below eyes; off white ear coverts; dusky brown upper breast scalloped with off white; green/brown lower breast, scalloped with yellow/white; thin blue collar on hindneck; red bend of wing; brown/red patch on centre of abdomen; red/brown tail becoming green toward base. Bill dark brown/grey. Eye-ring bare and grey. Eye orange/brown.

Colour Juvenile:

Bend of wing green with scattered red feathers; brown/red patch on abdomen less extensive; shorter tail. Eye ring grey/white. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight described as coarse, rough and forceful; less harsh than that of other Pyrhurra sp.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
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, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Wild Painted Conures
© Luiz Claudio Marigo

Did You Know?

The Painted Conure was once conspecific with 8 subspecies.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura picta

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

13-15 yrs

Housing:

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

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, forming about 30 percent of diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion; 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:

Enjoys bathing. Provide fresh, unsprayed branches; bird-safe chewables such as pine and fir block toys and vegetable tanned leather chew toys.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log or tree stump or vertical box 12" x 12" x 18" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 46cm).

Clutch Size:

5-7

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

40-51 days

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Painted Conures
© Luiz Claudio Marigo

Did You Know?

The Painted Conure was once conspecific with 8 subspecies.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura picta

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Declining in some areas due to deforestation and trapping for the wild bird trade.

Range:

Venezuela, south of Rio Orinoco, through Guianas to N Brazil.

Habitat:

Found up to 1200m (3936 ft) in wooded habitats including riverine formations, mature evergreen forest and cloud forest.

Wild Diet:

Food items include fruits, flowers, seeds and algae from ponds; also some reports of birds taking Diptera larvae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in flocks of 10 or 15 birds. During breeding season seen in pairs and families. Feeds and rests in foliage of upper stages of canopy, where it is well camouflaged. Noisy in flight.

Clutch and Egg Size:

5-7 elliptical eggs, 26.5 x 19.0mm (1 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

January-April

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithological Neotropical Birds
Research: Molecular systematics, taxonomy and distribution of the Pyrrhura picta-leucotis complex

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Wild Painted Conures
© Luiz Claudio Marigo

Did You Know?

The Painted Conure was once conspecific with 8 subspecies.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrrhura picta

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