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
Another Clown in the bird world The Black Capped Conure
The Black Capped Conure is one conure that seeks to socialize with their owner. They enjoy sharing a meal with their owners and being the center of attention. They can be great escape artists. Easily taught commands and simple tasks. Their diet is fairly simple for the bird world. Can be hormonal at the season changes but overall easily handled. There always are exceptions to this though. Their Patterns are quite pleasing and easily distinguishable from their similar colored friends.
Compared to A Green Cheek Conure, I would say they are a slight bit easier to train and handle but don't come in such an array of colors at the green cheek.
Easily Recommended as a Small Bird Choice..
From DTPRBIRDS7217 Oct 6 2013 9:09PM
Conure With a Temper
Our Conure was certainly beautiful, green with a black head. What a temper though! He always tried to snap at our hands when we fed him and would refused to be tamed. He squawked loudly which was annoying also. One time, when we had some family living with us for a few weeks, he started in with his early morning complaining. My twenty something nephew raced through the hallway every morning about 6 am, cursing about the bird's loud voice. It was pretty funny... We ended up selling the bird to a woman who raised conures and was most pleased to receive our "sweet" pet into her life. Good timing too, we had a newborn to take care of and create lots of new noise and fuss in our lives..
From catwoman2012 Dec 8 2011 7:59PM