This site is dedicated to the keeping and breeding of Pyrrhura Conures. We are hobby breeders located on the outskirts of Swansea, South Wales, UK. We have been breeding Parrot like birds for over 35 years and keeping these smaller conures for over 15 years. Over the last 12 years we have been specializing only in these wonderful South American birds.
We feel it is important to help preserve these birds. In recent years, the availability of many bird species, including the Pyrrhura Conure, have declined in captivity, while their status in the wild has also declined, mainly from human activity.
The Pyrrhura Conure family are a very interesting species to keep and breed, we have bred the following varieties:-
There are two families of Conure, namely the smaller Pyrrhura Conures (green-cheeks, Crimson-bellies etc) and the larger Arratinga Conures (Suns, Blue-Crowned etc). The Pyrrhura’s are generally far less destructive and noisy than the Arratingas. We specialize in only the Pyrrhura species.
The The Pyrrhura Conure family consists of 18 nominated species and 27 sub-species listed to date.
Pyrrhura's are found in various locations across South-America. In the wild they are predominantly green in colour, with various areas of coloured feather plumage which distinguishes the species. The size of the conure also helps differentiate between the species, with the smaller conures such as the Emmas, White-eared or Painted being around 8.5" to 9" long and the larger Blue-throated species being around 12" long.
Nominate Subspecies (P.
1/ Black Capped P.rupicola rupicola. P.rupicola sandiae
2/ Blue Throated P.cruentata
3/ Brown Breasted P.calliptera
4/ El Ore P.orcesi
5/ Fiery Shouldered P.egregia egregia
6/ Green Cheeked P.molinae molinae P.molinae restricta P.molinae australis P.molinae sordida P.molinae phoenicura P.molinae flavoptera
7/ Hoffmans P.hoffmanni hoffmanni P.hoffmanni gaudens
8/ Maroon Bellied P.frontalis frontalis P.frontalis chiripepe P.frontalis devillei
9/ Maroon Tailed P. melanura melanura P. melanura chapmani P. melanura berlepschi P. melanura souancei P. melanura pacifica
10/ Painted P. picta picta P. picta microtera P. picta lucianii P. picta amazonum P. picta roseifrons P. picta subandia P. picta caeruleiceps
11/ Pearly P. perlata lepida P. perlata coerulescens P. perlata anerythra P. perlata perlata
12/ Red Eared P. hoematotis hoematotis P. hoematotis immarginata
13/ Rose Crowned P. rhodocephala
14/ Sata Marta P. viridicata
15/ White Eared P. leucotis leucotis P. leucotis pfrimeri P. leucotis emma P. leucotis auricularis
16/Brazillian Grey Brested P. leucotis griseipectus
17/ White Necked P. albipectus
18/ Yellow Sided P.hypoxantha
We have found the Pyrrhura family to be hardy birds, often being housed in outside flights over the winter months in temperatures of minus 10C. All our Pyrrhura species are fed on the same seed / fruit diet (see feeding section) and enjoy a wide variety of food. Various sources show that the Pyrrhura can live to 25 years in captivity (although we cannot confirm this).These birds are reasonably quiet and neighbours have commented that their call is not unpleasant. They like to call at dawn, but soon settle down to breakfast. They enjoy quiet periods throughout the day where they snooze off after the last meal.