Species group: Conures
Other common names: Black-capped Parakeet; Rock Conure; Rock Parakeet (although there is also a better-known Australian species with this name); Peruvian Black-capped Conure
Scientific name: Pyrrhura rupicola
The striking Black-capped Conures are probably under-rated pets. In the early 1980s, the few legal imports from Bolivia were snatched up by breeders, eager to work with this eye-catching, easy-to-manage, reliable Pyrrhura conure. Although the domestic hand-fed birds have a good reputation for being friendly, even when placed with a mate for breeding purposes, the Black-capped Conure hasn't always received concentrated attention as a single pet. Be realistic and understand that you will need to spend time with your bird to keep it happy and tamed. These social birds crave attention, and a solo pet should have the opportunity to spend lots of time with you.
The Black-capped Conure lives in fairly humid lowland areas of the western Amazon River basin, ranging from central or southeastern Peru into western Brazil and northern Bolivia. Like many other South American parrots, they may forage in pairs or small flocks during the day, then gather in large communal roosts at night.
A small but dapper mostly green conure with a black cap and a scalloped "bib."
70 grams (2.5 oz.)
25 centimeters (10 in.)
20 - 30 years
Behavior / temperament:
A properly socialized Black-capped Conure will be an engaging, social pet who wants to spend a lot of time with you. They aren't particularly noted as good talkers, but some birds have picked up a few words, so it's worth a try. A better outlet for their energy may be to train them to perform some simple tricks. Have a playpen in a room close to you, or allow them to spend some time on your shoulder or arm in close contact with you each day to keep their trust and sweetness. While not necessarily rated as a noisy bird, if you are always in a different room, you are going to inadvertently train this social bird to make loud “contact calls” to get your attention.
A single Black-capped Conure needs a cage at least 24”w by 18”d by 24” h, with a bar spacing of around ½ inch. Although the birds may not chew as recklessly as some species, they will chew, so the cage should be made of a bird-safe powder-coated metal. Place a sturdy manzanita perch anywhere that you do not want to have to replace perches frequently, but it is equally important to provide these birds with something safe that they can chew, such as appropriate bird-safe perches and toys. Every pet Black-capped Conure should have a play gym to encourage these active birds to exercise.
Like all conures, the Black-capped Conure demands a varied, nutrient-rich diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. Many people recommend a good pellet-based diet, with lots of chopped vegetables and fruits on the side. Others are using a part seed, part pellet-based diet but, again, there must be plenty of chopped fresh produce included. Whole nuts and bigger, more satisfying seeds like sunflower seeds can be held back to be fed by hand or as part of a daily trick-training routine. They can also be hidden around the playpen to encourage healthy foraging. Crack those nuts that are too hard for the bird to crack by itself. No conure should ever be fed avocado or chocolate.
Important Note: All conures may be at risk for Conure Bleeding Syndrome, caused by a vitamin K deficiency, so it's important to add vitamin K rich food like turnip tops and other dark leafy greens to their diet.
Written by Elaine Radford
snuggle, beautiful colors, personality, Clown
loud voice, loudly, great escape artists
I decided to get a bird for our family because I had worked with a couple that belonged to a friend and loved them. My children instantly loved Flutie's beautiful colors. They were a little disappointed that he was not ready to let them touch him right away. He was a bit shy for the first few days. We spent a lot of time talking to him and working toward getting him to trust us. Flutie did warm up though and he spends more time out of his cage than he does inside it. He loves to be carried around either on a finger or a shoulder. He is a not a fan of loud noises. Flutie prefers a nice quiet environment. Too much noise, causes him to screech very loudly. I do not recommend a bird for a home that is noisy. Birds are not afraid to vocalize their unhappiness. Flutie has only learned to say one word clearly so far. He says the word "out" when he is ready to be out of his cage. Flutie had been trying to say other words and is great at mimicking sounds. I love listening to him trying to talk and sing..
From EJones34 Aug 25 2015 9:04AM
An Effective Cleaner
Enzymatic stain and odor cleaners are frequently used to remove the smell of canine or feline urine from carpets, upholstery, and other surfaces. However, they also work great at lifting away bird feces if you let your bird play free in your home. Many birds, such as large parrots, can be cage broke to only potty in the confines of their birdcage. However, others go whenever the urge hits. If a bird should defecate on your carpet or furniture, then an enzymatic stain and odor cleaner is perfect. Before you spray your upholstery or carpet with the cleaner, you should always do a little spot test to make sure that the color holds. Also, look at your furniture or rug's cleaning instructions because such sprays are often not safe to use on wool. .
From KimberlySharpe 113 days ago
It may Help the Bird Stop Plucking
Clomicalm (clomipramine) treats stress and agitation. Many animal behaviorists believe that some birds pluck their feathers due to stress. The plucking becomes a nervous habit that is difficult to break. The prescription medication may relax the bird enough that the habit ceases. Unfortunately, when the drug is discontinued, many birds again start plucking.
Always discuss the possible side effects of the medication with your veterinarian before administering it to your pet bird. .
From KimberlySharpe 113 days ago