||New Video of the
handfeeding of a Crimson Bellied Conure! This was just taken in
April 2007. 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 on May 9th, click here.
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.
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.
What is the difference between a Crimson
Belly and a Red Belly? Click here
to read more.
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
you can see by this picture, they are very sweet and cuddly!
These birds are also active, sweet, talkative and FUNNY! Click
on the picture to the right 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.
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.
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!
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
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
Milly is one of our
can be Flight Suit trained just as
well, or easier than, any other bird. Milowe is wearing a Small
Tropical Suit and happily goes outside! 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,
Babies do not look like
adults. 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. Watch the movie below to witness the transformation of a
Crimson Bellied Conure.
|How much bigger
is a Crimson Bellied Conure when compared to a Green Cheek
Conure?? The Green cheek in the right on this picture is weaned
and about 10 weeks old. The Crimson Bellied is still being fed
and 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).
||This picture was
taken when our pair was not
very old yet, and the female does not even have all her color
in! She is in the back, and you can see that she just has bits
and specks of red. When Crimson Bellies first feather out, they
have no red on their belly at all! Crimson
Bellies are from an area in Northern Brazil between two
tributaries of the Amazon River. They are also found in the Mato
are relatively new to avriculture in the United States. 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.
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
Some of the lines have been more prolific than others, so some
are represented in greater numbers in the U.S. population.
wish Crimsons weren't so expensive so more people could
experience them. Their price will go down though as they become
more numerous. They just have not been in America for that long.
have added more pairs to our aviary so that we can produce
"unrelated pairs" for people in the future.
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