Sunshine our beautiful Sun Conure preening his new friend Bubbles a Maroon Bellied Conure, they both provide us with hours of entertainment. Although they are both conures of different breeds I am amazed at how well they get on. Sunshine was hand raised by a breeder in Christchurch, & Bubbles was hand raised by a family in Nelson.
The Sun Conure bird is a small, beautiful parrot similar to the macaw in features yet very distinguishable in its own. Their bodies’ hold a yellow to orange hue resembling a deep bright gold overlayed with brilliant blends of green and red which definitely outshine most birds in the sky.
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 June 2011 Southland New Zealand
Featured 12th June 2011
I Love Sunshine!!! – Conures Preening