Pyrrhura Picta Picta
English: Painted Parakeet 
Latin: Pyrrhura Picta Picta 
Dutch: Geschilderde parkiet 
French: Conure Peinte
wild variation 
ringsize: 5.5 mm 
length: 22 cm
The Picta (nominate species) is found from Guiana to Venezuela, south of the Orinoco river, in northern Brazil, southeast Peru and northern Bolivia and Colombia.

The Picta species is made up of 9 subspecies.  The nominate species, Picta Picta, is the most common, both in the wild and in captivity.  Apart from the Pyrrhura Picta Picta only the Roseifrons can be admired in fanciers’ aviaries.  South America has never issued an export license for the other subspecies.

Pictas are more difficult to breed than the other Pyrrhura species.  They are shyer and also a bit choosier when picking out a suitable nest box.  Once they have found a good partner and an aviary or breeding cage where they feel at home, they will usually start breeding after their second year of age.  They scrape off the inner surface of the wooden boards of their nest boxes with their bill.  Nearly every Pyrrhura species does this in order to keep their nest spick and span; except in one corner of the nest where they sometimes leave their droppings.  Painted parakeets have a large clutch size, sometimes they lay up to 9 or 10 eggs.
Experience has taught us that Pictas aren’t early breeders and that they only have one breeding a year.
The chicks resemble their parents, except for the lighter coloured bill and less intensely coloured plumage.  The cushions at the side of their bill are still soft.  Young females are generally bigger and more intensely coloured than young males.  This will change after one year, though.

see Diet

Apparently there have been reports of a few yellow-sided Pictas born in 1999 in England.  Beautifully coloured gems!!!
The owner wishes to remain anonymous for the time being.

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