|English: Crimson-bellied Conure
Latin: Pyrrhura Perlata Rhodogaster
ringsize: 5.5 hardened
length: 24 cm
The first reports on Crimson-bellied Conures date from around 1928 in the London Zoo. A number of other zoos were also able to obtain a pair in the fifties. Later on, after the World Exhibition in Rotterdam, where the famous footballer Pélé participated with his birds, this species became better known and even popular. Only a limited number of Crimson-bellied Conures were imported in America and Europe, probably because these species inhabit a very secluded and vast area. The Rotterdam zoo, Tenerife, and a few Swiss breeders however, have done all they could in order to obtain a sufficient number of offspring from the birds already imported. As a result, birds of this species are now available for breeders and fanciers. Their extremely high price before 1997 has consequently dropped spectacularly. Now nearly everyone is able to breed these fantastic birds!
Crimson-bellied Conures are probably the most brightly coloured Pyrrhuras. They immediately attract attention in a bird collection. According to reports they start brooding in early springtime. The average clutch size is usually 4 eggs with an incubation period of about 26 days and the chicks leaving the nest at about 8 weeks of age. The chicks resemble their parents but do not yet display the beautiful deep red coloration on chest and belly. They are greenish with red feathers here and there. After their first moulting period they become the spitting image of their parents.