The Black Capped Conure



  • Common Name:  Conure - Black Capped

  • Other Common Names:  none listed

  • Scientific Name:  Pyrrhura rupicola rupicola

  • Group:

  • Origin or Range:  Peru

  • Relative Size:  Smaller Than Average

  • Average Lifespan:  ??? years

  • Compatibility:  Relatively Non-Aggressive

  • Category:  Parrots

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 and beautiful.

The Peruvian Black-capped Conure is a lot more quiet and laid-backThe Black Capped Conure 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 is brown. 

Black-capped Conures are native to Peru, although they have also beenThe Black Capped Conure 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.

In their cage, they will need a nesting box so they can retire when feeling shy or tired.  They will also need lots of sturdy toys and branches to chew on so they can be amused.  Because of their extremely good chewing capability, they should be kept in very strong cages.

Black-capped Conures generally lay four to seven eggs.  These will incubate for 23 to 24 days.  Immature birds will have more green on their wing edges and primary coverts than do adults.


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