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Red-throated Conure

 (Psittacara rubritorquis)

Also known as: Red-throated Parakeet, Orange-throated Conure

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Wild Red-throated Conure, Honduras
© By Lauri Väin [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The red throat of this species distinguishes it from all of the other green Psttacara sp. conures.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara rubritorquis

Species Profile

Genus: Psittacara | Species: rubritorquis

Size:

28cm (11 in)

Weight:

130g (4.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults in general green, with yellow on underparts; orange/red throat and foreneck, with scattered orange/yellow feathers; varying orange/red feathers scattered on lower cheeks and sides of neck; blue tinge to primary coverts and outer webs of flight feathers; yellow/green underwing coverts; dull yellow undersides of flight feathers. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring bare and brown/grey. Eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile:

Red on throat, cheeks and sides of neck minimal or absent. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls described as more high-pitched than Pacific Conure; in flight a loud, screaming noise. When perched emits more varied and persistent notes.

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More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
AvianWeb
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
xeno-canto Red-throated Parakeet, Cooper, Jacob C. XC327734
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Red-throated Conure, Honduras
© By Lauri Väin [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The red throat of this species distinguishes it from all of the other green Psttacara sp. conures.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara rubritorquis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Up to 35yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, metal construction, 2-3m (6.5-9.8 ft).

Diet:

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

Socialization, bathing. Vigorous chewer, so provide bird-safe branches of pine, willow, elder and fir, heat sterilized pine cones, vegetable tanned leather chew toys. Also provide swings, ladders, different sized perches and foraging/puzzle toys.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 10" x 10" x 20" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 50.8cm).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

24-25 days

Fledging Age:

8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Conure.org

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Wild Red-throated Conure, Honduras
© By Lauri Väin [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The red throat of this species distinguishes it from all of the other green Psttacara sp. conures.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara rubritorquis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Overall decline has occurred due to conversion of forest to agriculture.

Range:

Central highlands and nearby Pacific slope of E Guatamala to W Nicaragua.

Habitat:

Found from 600-1800m (1968-5904 ft) in various kinds of wooded areas except tropical rainforest. In both moist and scrubby open woodland and farmland in Guatamala and in Pinus sp. forest in Nicaragua.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds, nuts, berries and fruits. May also take seed and maize crops.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in flocks when not breeding, pairs during season. Larger congregations occur where food is plentiful. Nesting occurs in tree cavities, rock crevices, holes in buildings or termite mounds.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 rounded eggs, 30.0 x 24.5mm (1.2 x 0.9 in).

Breeding Season:

January-August

Related Links:

Wikipedia
 

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Wild Red-throated Conure, Honduras
© By Lauri Väin [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The red throat of this species distinguishes it from all of the other green Psttacara sp. conures.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara rubritorquis

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