Pyrrhura Picta Picta
|English: Painted Parakeet
Latin: Pyrrhura Picta Picta
Dutch: Geschilderde parkiet
French: Conure Peinte
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.
Pyrrhura Picta Picta
Pyrrhura Picta Amazonum
Pyrrhura Picta Microtera
Pyrrhura Picta Lucianii
Pyrrhura Picta Roseifrons
Pyrrhura Picta Subandina
Pyrrhura Picta Caeruleiceps
Pyrrhura Picta Pantchenkoi
Pyrrhura Picta Eisenmanni
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.
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.