How come nearly nobody among the European parakeet breeders dared to breed Pyrrhura species? This remains a mystery. Pyrrhuras are very attractive birds: colourful, extremely inquisitive and affectionate, lively, frost proof and easy to care for and breed. Their only two disadvantages are sex determination, which is not possible by appearance and the noise they make, which is not too bad. The former can be solved by sexing the birds endoscopically.
In 1960 Pyrrhura species were introduced in Europe. The first Pyrrhura Rhodogaster species could be admired at the World Exhibition in Rotterdam, where they were exhibited by none other than the famous footballer Pélé himself. They stayed in Europe and were predominantly bred in zoos. For almost twenty years, Pyrrhura species were rarely seen, since they were extremely pricey. Gradually other, less expensive Pyrrhura species were imported, but were seldom bought by breeders, since Australian parakeets were much more popular at that time.
In 1987 I started breeding Pyrrhuras
and a few years later they became rather popular due to the first mutation
of the Molinea, the blue version bred in Ghent, Belgium. Shortly afterwards,
in 1990, the Netherlands followed and I myself was able to breed my first
blue mutation in 1993 with my own breeding pair. In 1995, totally
unexpected, a half-side was born from the same breeding pair. In 1996 I
bred the yellow-sided Molinea (hypoxantha), another mutation.
The following mutations have been bred in Belgium:
In 1990 the first hypoxantha was born in America (California) and a few years later the pineapple (cinnamon) and lime mutations followed.
As you can see, the gate to 2000 was wide open in order to breed other Molinea colour mutations. Another advantage is the fact that the extremely high prices have dropped considerably. They are now within everyone’s budget! All this was realised by a handful of brave breeders throughout various countries.