We have Christmas Crimson Bellied babies available in December 2014!

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INTRODUCING....

THE CRIMSON BELLIED CONURE!!!!!!!!!

The hidden jewel in the bird world!

Click here to meet our last baby girl! And, Click here to meet the last baby boy!

SURPRISE!!  The above 2 babies were not the last of our 2014 babies. We were blessed with 2 surprises that will be ready for Christmas 2014!

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We wean our babies onto our mash, fruits and sprouts. Click here to see the babies enjoying their mash.

 

Click here to read the 2014 Nursery Journal

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In the below video, Skittles is young and not fully colored in yet. Crimson Bellied Conures begin life with more green feathering than red. This is our Lord's way of giving them more protection as younsters in the forest. The green camouflages them with the trees of the forest.

 Dan, owns Tutu, who was one of our 2009 babies. Tutu is mature and weating the feathering of an adult Crimson Bellied Conure. After each molt, you will see more and more color appear on your youngster. Their gorgeous crimson coloring comes in gradually over that first year of life.

 

 

                                  

 

This video shows the handfeeding of a  very young Crimson Bellied Conure!  Click on this baby (band 145) and watch him being fed. Listen to the unique noises he makes.  It is 1 AM right now and I can hear the parents feeding their other babies right now! Isn't God incredible with his creative powers? I remain in awe of Him! To see this baby fly to me after just a few weeks of growing feathers, click here.

Milowe, er Millie, is one of our breeder birds. She has a fun story! Click here to see it

 

When I first saw the Crimson Bellied Conure, it was love at first sight. Crimson Bellied Conure are members of the Pyrrhura family of conures! We began searching  to find these stunning, rare Conures. On a Thursday night, August 3rd, 2006, we headed to the airport to pick up our 1st pair.

 

 
 
Crimson Bellies are absolutely stunning to look at! Even in attitude, they are sweet, calm, and quiet. They are in the same family, Pyrrhura,  as the Green cheek conure. They are just a tad bit bigger than the Green Cheeks, though. They measure about 9.5" long and are heavier bodied. Originally known as Pyrrhura rhodogaster, they are not considered the nominate species of Pyrrhura perlata. I find myself increasingly excited about this Pyrrhura Conure.

 

 

After recovering from my shock at their beauty, I am equally impressed by their gentle nature that is balanced by playfulness. Obviously, we adore Green Cheek Conures, and like their "cheeky" attitudes. Likewise, I love the Sun Conure and its easy going even temperament. However, the Sun Conure call is so loud that it can wear on me. The Crimson Bellied Conure seems to have more of that even keeled temperament of the Sun Conure, without the loud call. The Crimson Bellied Conure is a very rare conure and somewhat unknown in the pet population. We breeders have been hoarding all the babies for ourselves. 

 

Click here to see some shoulder training of a baby

As you can see by the pictures, they are very sweet and cuddly! These birds are also active, sweet, talkative and FUNNY! Click here to  watch a movie of our breeder pair, Rhett and Scarlett. My youngest sister calls these two, "the funniest birds I've ever seen!" They are real characters.

 

Click here to see me teaching a baby how to step up, how I handle nipping, etc...

Crimson Bellies love playing in water, laying on their backs, and balls with bells inside are a favorite toy.

Click here to see a video of one of the babies playing in a cup of water. This video was taken one hot summer day while we were drinking iced waters and playing with babies. Well, a Crimson Bellied baby decided it was the perfect day for a swim! This water glass was only half full, so baby Crimson had to really dive in to get wet!

 

Even their backsides are gorgeous. There are stunning blue high lights that amaze you in the light. There is blue collar that you can't see in this picture that encircles the hind neck. There are slight differences in the various birds, but the genders are monomorphic with the males and females being equally gorgeous.

 

 

 

We have loved getting to know their easy going character!  When I am raising our Green cheeks, I have found that it is best if I put them each in their own cage when they are about 6 weeks old. Otherwise, they become herd-bound (can you tell I am a horse person) and don't really want to be with people. That goes away when they go home with their respective family and are isolated, but I was always embarrassed by a family arriving to pick up their baby and their baby flying AWAY from them and back to its cage. I knew they were just going back to their siblings and they would get over it when they left, but I still didn't feel right when the family came. However, the Crimson Bellies could all be in one cage and they are still desperate to be on people and be cuddled. Please don't think I am saying Green Cheeks are bad pets. I LOVE Green cheeks and their feisty, confident, snuggly attitudes.

 

Milly is colored beautifully due to the species that she is, but also due to her excellent diet. Read more about Pamperedpeeps parrot mash here and about sprouts by clicking here.

Milly is one of our parent birds.

Crimson Bellies can be Flight Suit trained just as well, or easier than, any other bird. The babies seem to accept them much easier than the Green Cheeks, but this goes along with their laid back personality. To see a Crimson Belly in a Flight Suit, going to our local post office, click here.

 
How much bigger is a Crimson Bellied Conure when compared to a Green Cheek Conure?? To the left is a mature Crimson and a mature Green cheek conure. They are buddies! And, they help illustrate the size difference. The Green cheek in the right on this picture is about 10 weeks old. The Crimson Bellied is  about 5.5 weeks old. You can see how much chunkier the Crimson Bellied Conure is. The young Crimson Bellied Conure still needs to grow out its tail. I give the same cage recommendation as a green cheek with the bar spacing no bigger than 5/8" and the size should be at minimum 24" x 18" x 32" high. The sleep cage can be much smaller (read more here).

 

 

 Crimson Bellies are from an area in Northern Brazil between two tributaries of the Amazon River. They are also found in the Mato Grasso region.

 Richard Cusick and Rick Jordan set up the consortium  in 1998 that brought the Crimson Bellied into the U.S. The AFA awarded Rick Jordan with the first time breeding award for these gorgeous creatures in 2001. We thank Rick and Richard Cusick for this success.

 The very first import of these Crimson Bellied Conures consisted of 5 pairs from South Africa. These had originally come from Loro Parque in Spain and the assumption is that these birds were probably related. The breeder in S Africa did say that none were siblings, and a DNA panel confirmed that. The first 5 pairs were assigned "A, B, C, D and E" to their progeny. Within 6 months, 39 more Crimson Bellies were imported from Europe, but these birds also had come from Loro Parque in Spain. Some were from Germany and Holland. Thus, only a total of 49 birds were imported to begin all of the breeding stock in the USA. So, when the term "unrelated" is used with these species and many other pairs of birds, one needs to understand that the term is not entirely accurate. Some of the lines have been more prolific than others, so some are represented in greater numbers in the U.S. population.

 

What is the difference between a Crimson Belly and a Red Belly? Click here to read more.

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