If you love Conures but find them a bit too noisy, perhaps you should investigate the Black-Capped Conure.
These exquisite birds are quite affectionate
The Peruvian Black-capped Conure is a lot more quiet and laid-back than most Conures. Occasionally, they have been described as timid
and sweet. They love human companionship, playtime
and enjoy bathing. They can be taught a few words or phrases and enjoy singing. One of the most adorable things that your Black-capped Conure will do is sing in his sleep.
They need a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables along with a basic seed mix, and fresh water should always be available to him. In his cage,
he will need a nesting box so he can retire when he feels shy or tired
and also need lots of sturdy toys and branches to chew on so he can be amused.
Black-capped Conures grow to about nine and a half inches in length
and usually weigh around two and a half ounces. True to their name,
they have black-brown foreheads, crowns, napes and head-backs, although they are predominantly green in color. Often, the nape and head-back feathers have pale edges. They also have a dark brown throat and upper breast, although the feathers have such broad pale edges that the upper part of the bird appears whitish and scaled. The abdomens of Black-capped Conures are tinged with various shades of red, as are the wing edges and primary coverts. The primary colors are slightly tinged with blue, and the top of the tail is green
with a dark gray underside. The feet and legs of Black-capped Conures are gray, as is the bill.
The skin surrounding the periopthalmic ring is
white and the iris
Black-capped Conures are native to Peru, although they have also been found in northern Bolivia and northeastern Brazil. First recorded by Tschudi in 1844,
they remain quite rare in the United States. There are two subspecies
that breeders have considered combining. The Black-capped Conure has gained popularity over the years. In German, this bird is known as Steinsittich.