Cuddles - Maroon-bellied Conure - NZ by AndreaEL

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Another shot of Bubbles & Echo siblings, only three months old preening each other and cuddling, Bubbles is the new addition to the family. Bubbles was one of 6 Maroon-bellied Conures hand raised by a family in Nelson NZ. They had one conure and decided to get another to keep their one company. They thought that they had two males, and 6 beautiful chicks later a large family that the parent conures could not keep up with. All six babies survived, they were hand raised and are now distributed around homes in NZ. Our daughter has one in Christchurch Echo. Bubbles is settling in well, but I think that Sunshines nose is a little out of joint with the new family addition, I am sure he will settle and become friends with his new brother. Like humans the arrival of a new baby can bring many changes to a family. Many parents spend a lot of energy on preparations, and after the baby arrives, much of the family’s attention involves meeting the newborn’s basic needs. All this change can be hard for older siblings to handle. It’s common for them to feel jealousy toward the newborn and to react to the upheaval by acting out.
The Maroon-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura frontalis) is a small parrot found from southeastern Brazil to north-eastern Argentina, including eastern Paraguay and Uruguay. It is also known as the Reddish-bellied Parakeet, and in aviculture it is usually referred to as the Maroon-bellied Conure, Reddish-bellied Conure or Brown-eared Conure. These birds range from 25 to 28 cm (10–11 in), and are primarily green, with a maroon patch on the belly, a “scaly” yellow-green-barred breast and sides of neck, a whitish ear-patch often tinged brown, and a maroon undertail. The specific name frontalis is a reference to its dark maroon frontlet – a feature which separates it from most similar species. The primaries are blue on the outer webs, green on the inner webs, and dark on the tips. The beak is black.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Feb. 2011 Southland


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  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago

    Lovely capture.

  • Thank you John for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Awwww lovely!

  • Thank you Swaby for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful colors…wow! Such a sweet capture!

  • Thank you Dot for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    So lovley, fantastic colors and details

  • Thank you Byron for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsabout 4 years ago

    Stunning colors here Andrea!, they look similar to my Green Cheeked Conures!

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated. They look like the same bird to me Trev, I believe they have a few names.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 4 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thank you Lynn for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarabout 4 years ago

    A stunning capture…such incredibly beautiful birds!

  • Thank you Pam for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

    WOBBLYMOLabout 4 years ago

    so delightful, love them Andrea

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejabout 4 years ago

    aw… what a cute couple!

  • Thank you Linda for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Meladana
    Meladanaabout 4 years ago

    The colours are just delightful, they seem to have become great friends really quickly!! :)

  • Thank you Meladana for your lovely comment, much appreciated. They are siblings and I was amazed at how well they got along.

    – AndreaEL

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