Pyrrhura Rupicola Sandiae
English: Black-capped Conure 
Latin: Pyrrhura Rupicola Sandiae 
Dutch: Steenparkiet (zwartkop) 
French: Conure des rochers 
German: Steinsittich
wild variation 
ringsize: 5.5 hardened 
length: 25 cm 
A. The nominate species, Pyrrhura Rupicola Rupicola, is mainly found in central Peru.
B. The only subspecies, Pyrrhura Rupicola Sandiae, has a more extensive area of distribution ranging from southern Peru to the north of Bolivia and northwest of Brazil.
The picture above shows the Sandiae species, which is more common in captivity than the nominate species.  The former also has more brownish yellow seams on its chest.

Like other Pyrrhura species Rupicola Conures breed readily.  They are not shy and are not easily frightened.  They are very affectionate towards their attendant.  Especially the male immediately approaches you with its neck-feathers raised, trying to impress you.  He starts chattering while he approaches his female and gives her a few pecks.  This is quite typical behaviour of the Rupicolas.  When the sand in their aviary is cleaned, they immediately start ploughing the sand themselves afterwards.  They run forward with their bill in the sand, like they try to tell their attendant that he forgot to rake the sand.  Like all other Pyrrhura species they warn each other when they notice something unusual near their aviary.
Rupicolas are only fit for breeding at two years of age.  Very rarely a pair will start brooding the first year, but chances are high their eggs are unfertile.  Proved breeding pairs sometimes start brooding very early in spring.  Frosty weather doesn’t put them off.  A second brooding period follows the first rather quickly, when you take away the chicks a few weeks after they have fledged.  The average clutch size is usually 6 eggs with an incubation period of about 23 days.  The chicks stay for about 45 to 50 days in the nest and then fledge all at the same time.  The chicks resemble their parents, but their colours are a bit less intensive and the black on their head more of a dark greyish black.
Germans call these birds Steinsittich (stone parakeets); but again, because of their different names in different languages, Pyrrhura breeders prefer to refer to them by their Latin name.

Same as the other Pyrrhura species.  Large parakeet mixture supplemented with vegetable and fruit mixture (see diet).


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