Black-Capped Conure

The black-capped conure is a smaller and calmer bird than other members of conure family. Being a storehouse of energy, it always provides entertainment and fun to its owner.

Black Capped Conure

Black Capped Conure

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum                Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Superfamily       Psittacoidea
Family Psittacidae
Subfamily           Arinae
Tribe Arini
Genus Pyrrhura
Scientific Name Pyrrhura rupicola

 

Quick Information

Other names Rock conure, Black-capped parakeet, Rock Parakeet
Size Around 9 inches( 24 cm)
Weight Around 70 gm
Color Green body, monochromic neck, red upper wing coverts, black iris, beak, and legs
Distribution South west Amazon basin, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru
Subspecies
  • P. r. rupicola
  • P. r. sandiae
Habitat Humid forest and lowland
Sound   Yapping
Clutch 4-7 eggs
Incubation period 23-24 days
Fledging 7-8 weeks
Lifespan 10-30 years
Diet Vegetables, sprouts, and fruits
IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

As pets

This clever bird makes a fine pet because of its wonderful interactions with its owner and joyful activities.

Black Capped Conure Bird

Black Capped Conure Bird

Black Capped Conures

Black Capped Conures

Housing

Keep your pet in a cage measuring 18X18X24 inches (minimum) and incorporate some perches (preferably natural) that will aid in keeping its toenail well groomed. Since it prefers privacy during sleep, put a parrot tent inside the cage. To encourage its chewing habit, add some chewable toys.

Temperature

A black-capped conure stays comfortable within the range of 50-80° F.

Behavior

This intelligent bird loves attention and communication with its owner. A few black-capped conure can talk if trained, but not all, so if you get lucky, you will be entertained by its babbling. Usually cool tempered, but can get noisy if neglected.

Black Cap Conure

Black Cap Conure

Black Capped Conure Babies

Black Capped Conure Babies

Feeding

Give your pet vegetables, fresh fruits, seeds, bird pellets, dietary supplements like mineral block and cuttlebone. It has a tendency to mix its solid food with water, so be careful and cautious while feeding it.

Care

Make sure your bird gets enough time for exercise that will strengthen its muscles. It loves to indulge in playful activities, so keep your bird on a play stand every day for around two hours. Changing the water and food bowls twice daily is a must. It is kind of obsessed with water and takes pleasure in bathing, (by immersing its whole body) so keep a close watch while making it bathe on a regular basis.

Health problems

PBFD or psittacine beak and feather disease, feather plucking, malnutrition are the common ailments that a black-capped conure can suffer from. Also, if you come across any behavioral problems of your pet like biting and screaming, get it adequate medical help.

Price

A black-capped conure usually costs between $450-$500.

Black Capped Conure Pictures

Black Capped Conure Pictures

Black Capped Conure Images

Black Capped Conure Images

Interesting facts

  • A black-capped conure is believed to sing sweetly in its sleep.
  • It often hangs from the cage upside down for a long time.

Black-capped conure video

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-capped_parakeet
  2. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/profiles/black-capped-conure-2.aspx
  3. http://angelsaviary.tripod.com/blackcappedcareinfoid35.html
  4. http://birds.about.com/od/conures/p/Jenday-Conures.htm
  5. https://www.parrots.org/encyclopedia/black-capped-conure

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