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Sulphur-breasted Conure

 (Aratinga maculata)

Also known as: Sulphur-breasted Parakeet

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Wild Sulphur-breasted Conures
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This species was recently split (2014) from the Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitalis)


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Species Profile

Genus: Aratinga | Species: maculata

Size:

30cm (11.7in)

Weight:

120-130g (4.2-4.5oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general pale orange, with pale yellow-green head and hind neck, throat and breast pale yellow, thighs greenish, flanks pale orange, under-tail coverts greenish, mantle pale yellow-green, back pale yellow, rump pale yellow-orange, tail green-blue, wing green-yellow, under-wing coverts pale yellow.  Narrow stripe of orange on forecrown and lores and around eyes.  Eye ring light grey.  Eye dark grey/brown. Bill nearly black.

Colour Juvenile:

Presumably as in adult but with cheeks and upper breast olive-yellow. (Observed from one specimen).

Call:

Calls made in flight are screechy and rapidly repeated in short notes. While perched emits chuckling and thin, high-pitched wheezy notes.

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More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
Research: New records of Sulphur-breasted Parakeet in Pará and Amapá states, Brazil

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
xeno-canto Sulphur-breasted Parakeet, Brito, Guilherme R R, XC37901
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.
A Guide to Incubation and Handraising Parrots, Digney, 1998.

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Wild Sulphur-breasted Conures
© Fredrico Pereira | Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

This species was recently split (2014) from the Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitalis)


Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga maculata

Species Care

Captive Status:

Virtually unknown; kept by local people and zoos in Brazil.

Longevity:

Up to 30 yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2-3m (6.5-9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat and safflower; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans or pulses, boiled maize, and complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Socialization. Also enjoys bathing, so provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls. Provide bird-safe wood and vegetable tanned leather chew toys, non-toxic hard plastic toys, puzzle toys, foraging toys, ladders, swings and different sized perches.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 12" x 12" x 18" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 46cm).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

24-25 days

Fledging Age:

7-8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

6g (0.2oz)

Peak Weight:

117-120g (4.1-4.2 oz)

Weaning Weight:

110-115g (3.8-4 oz)

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Wild Sulphur-breasted Conures
© Fredrico Pereira | Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

This species was recently split (2014) from the Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitalis)


Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga maculata

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, increasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Over time ongoing deforestation may become so extensive that the species could start to decline.

Range:

NE Brazil in northern Para, and lower Rio Canuma in NE Amazonas.

Habitat:

Found in open, sandy areas with scattered small trees and bushes.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits and seeds of Guateria sp., Dalechampia sp., Byrsonima sp. and Myrcia sp.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Is similar in behaviour and general ecology to the species of the Aratinga solstitalis group. Found in groups of 2-10 birds and are relatively tame, feeding alongside roads and in orchards.

Clutch and Egg Size:

One nest observed with one egg; size unknown.

Breeding Season:

August-October

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Wild Sulphur-breasted Conures
© Fredrico Pereira | Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

This species was recently split (2014) from the Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitalis)


Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga maculata

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