Bubbles the newest addition to the family, now six months old. Bubbles was one of 6 Maroon-bellied Conures hand raised by a family in Nelson NZ. Their two males turned out to be a pair. Six chicks later two became a large family and the parents were finding it difficult to feed the many hungry mouths. All six babies survived, and were hand raised. They are distributed around homes in NZ. Our daughter has one in Christchurch Echo, and we are delighted with Bubbles and enjoy his wonderful antics.
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.
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