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Birds we Breed

Green cheek Conure

Green cheek ConureThe green cheek Conure is mainly green, with a grey breast, dark black head, maroon tail and blue flight feathers. Its average weight is about 70 grams. The average length (including tail) is 25 -27 cm. both males and female look alike. The Greencheek Conure (Pyrrhura molinae) is native to west-central and southern Mato Grosso, Brazil, through northern and the highlands of eastern Bolivia to northwestern Argentina. They prefer forest areas, where they form big flocks and can often be seen at treetop level. This conure is endangered in its natural habitat (CITES II). In the wild they eat various seeds and fruits and probably other kinds of vegetable matter.

Housing

We house our Green cheek Conures in a suspended cage measuring 1.8m long 0.9m high and 0.6m wide. They get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

They reach maturity at 1 year of age and start to breed from June till December. They lay between 4-8 eggs occasionally 10 which most of them will be fertile. Incubation is about 23 days and they usually fledging at about 50 - 51 days but are still dependent on there parents for another 2-4 weeks. They need lots of calcium when breeding. We breed our green cheek Conures in A frame boxes that are 300mm high 250mm at the bottom 175mm sides 70mm entrance hole.

Mutations

There are 3 different types of mutation class in the green cheek Conures including Sex linked which means that you can breed a sexed linked bird by having a split cock to a normal hen which will give you coloured hens or split cock to coloured hen which will give you coloured cocks and hens split cocks and normal hens or 2 colored birds together which will give you colored bird (YOU CAN NOT GET SPLIT HENS). Sex-linked mutations in the green cheek are cinnamon and yellow sided. Recessive which means you need to have at least 2 split birds together to breed colored birds. Recessive mutations in the green cheek are blue (turquoise) and dilute. Then there is the dominate mutation which means you can only have colored bird no splits dominate mutations in the green cheek are jade if you have a sf to a normal you will get sf and normal, 2 sf together breed sf and df and if you have 2 df together you get df.

We breed all the Green cheek conure mutations including:
Blue - sf and df jade blue
Silver - sf and df jade silver (cinnamon blue)
Blue yellow sided - sf and df jade blue yellow sided
Pineapple blue - sf and df jade pineapple blue
Sf and df jade pineapple - sf and df jade yellow sided
Sf and df jade cinnamon

Pet potential

Green cheek Conures make a great pet and rapidly become confiding. They are smart, playful, mischievous and very sweet natured, with a gentle disposition. They are less noisy than the bigger conure species. These intelligent creatures need a lot of attention to keep them very tame.

Black capped Conures

Black capped ConureThe Black-capped Conure, Pyrrhura rupicola - also known as the Black-capped Parakeet, the Rock Conure or the Sandia Conure - is native to the Western Amazon basin from Peru to Bolivia and possibly the western edge of Brazil. Its preferred habitat includes humid lowland forests, less often in east Andean foothills up to 300m. The average flock size consists of 20-30 conures; smaller groups during the breeding season. The black capped Conure averages 25 cm in length (including tail) and weights about 70 grams. Its plumage is mostly green with a dark black cap, whitish scaly neck & breast, red wing coverts (upper, not lower - along the main flights) and a black beak. The breast feathers are dark with light tips. They also have big green cheek patches. The cock bird has more finer and pointer scaling in the chest then the hen.

Housing

We house our Black capped Conures in a suspended cage measuring 1.8m long 900mm high and 600mm wide. They get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

They reach maturity at 1 year of age and start to breed from June till December. They lay between 4-8 eggs occasionally 10, which most of them will be fertile. Incubation is about 23 days and they usually fledge at about 50 - 51 days but are still dependent on there parents for another 2-4 weeks. They need lots of calcium when breeding. We breed our black capped Conures in A frame boxes that are 300mm high 250mm at the bottom 175mm sides 70mm entrance hole.

Mutations

So far there is only 1 mutation but at this stage is not yet in Australia. They are calling it an Opaline or Vorens black capped named after Howard Voren. More information is on www.voren.com

Pet potential

The black capped Conure makes a great pet and rapidly become confiding. They are smart, playful, mischievous and very sweet natured, with a gentle disposition. They are less noisy than the bigger Conure species. These intelligent creatures need a lot of attention to keep them very tame.

Fiery-shouldered Conure

fiery shouldered conure The fiery shouldered Conure (Pyrrhura egregia) is manly green with blue flight feathers, blackey maroon tail, grey fading to green scoliping doesn't stand out as much as in the greencheek conure with orange and red under the wings going around the shoulder that id how they get the name. This conure averages 25 cm in length, a bit smaller then the greencheek conure. Male and female look a like. The Fiery-shouldered Conure (Pyrrhura egregia) comes from the subtropical or tropical moist montanes of Brazil, Western Guyana and South-eastern Venezuela.

Housing

We house our fiery shouldered Conures in a suspended cage measuring 2.1 long 1200 high and 600 wide. They get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

The fiery shouldered Conure usually starts to breed from 12 months of age but some pairs will start from 2 years. They start to lay in June breeding until December. They lay 4-8 eggs with most of them being fertile. Incubation is about 23 days and they usually fledging at about 50 - 51 days but are still dependent on their parents for another 2-4 weeks. They need lots of calcium when breeding. We breed the fiery shouldered conures in a A frame box measuring 250mm at the bottom 175mm deep and 300mm height with a 70mm entrance hole

Pet potential

Fiery-shouldered Conures make a great pet and rapidly become confiding. They are smart, playful, mischievous and very sweet natured, with a gentle disposition. They are less noisy than the bigger conure species. These intelligent creatures need a lot of attention to keep them very tame.

Crimson bellied Conure

Crimson belly ConureThe Crimson-bellied Conure (pyrrhura perlata) is endemic to the subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests in the south-central Amazon Basin in in Cumã Bay, Maranhão west to Belém and Rio Capim, Pará in northern Brazil south of Amazon between Madeira and Tapajós Rivers and Bolivia. At this point in time, it is considered common in its natural habitat; however, its numbers have been declining. The Crimson bellied Conure is 24 cm in length and weights about 80 grams. The crimson bellied Conure is the most colorful in the Pyrrhura family with a pastel blue back, dark black head, with a grey breast, with a crimson-red belly as the name suggests. The young birds don't start to get the crimson red belly until they are a few months of age. Both male and female look alike.

Housing

We house our crimson bellied Conures in a suspended cage measuring 1.8m long 900mm high and 600mm wide. They get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

They reach maturity at 1 year of age and start to breed from June till December. They lay between 4-8 eggs occasionally 10 which most of them will be fertile. Incubation is about 23 days and they usually fledging at about 50 - 51 days but are still dependent on there parents for another 2-4 weeks. They need lots of calcium when breeding. We breed our crimson bellied Conures in A frame boxes that are 300mm high 250mm at the bottom 175mm sides 70mm entrance hole.

Pet potential

The crimson bellied Conure makes a great pet and rapidly becomes confiding. They are smart, playful, mischievous and very sweet natured, with a gentle disposition. They are less noisy than the bigger conure species. These intelligent creatures need a lot of attention to keep them very tame.

Maroon tailed Conure

Maroon tailed ConureThe Maroon-tailed Conure (Pyrrhura melanura), is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montanes. They are still very rare in Australia. The Maroon tailed conure measures 25 cm in length and weights about 80 grams. They have green on the top of the tail and black on the bottom, a black head, grey breast, green body and wings with red under the wings. They don't have any maroon on the belly. Both male and female look alike.

Housing

We house our maroon tailed conures in a suspended cage measuring 1.8m long 900mm high and 600mm wide. They get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

They reach maturity at 1 year of age and start to breed from June till December. They lay between 4-8 eggs occasionally 10 which most of them will be fertile. Incubation is about 23 days and they usually fledging at about 50 - 51 days but are still dependent on there parents for another 2-4 weeks. They need lots of calcium when breeding. We breed our maroon tailed Conures in A frame boxes that are 300mm high 250mm at the bottom 175mm sides 70mm entrance hole.

Pet potential

The maroon tailed Conure makes a great pet and rapidly becomes confiding. They are smart, playful, mischievous and very sweet natured, with a gentle disposition. They are less noisy than the bigger conure species. These intelligent creatures need a lot of attention to keep them very tame.

Blue throated Conure

Blue throat ConureBlue-throated Conures (Pyrrhura cruentata). These conures originate from the Atlantic rainforest in eastern Brazil. Habitat destruction and fragmentation have resulted in a massive decline in their numbers. Small flocks can be found in isolated areas of remaining forests and the few areas set aside as reserves. The Blue-throated Conure is a medium-sized bird, wich is about 28 - 30 cm from head to the tip of the tail, and weighs around 90 grams. This green Conure has a dark brown crown, red ear-coverts, green cheek and orange yellow on sides of neck. It has a blue upper chest, yellow green upper tail, red underside tail feathers, greyish bill, blue outer wing feathers, and red shoulder and belly patch. Both sexes are similar. The young are duller than the adults.

Housing

We house our blue throated conures in a suspended cage measuring 2.1m long 1.2m high and 0.9m wide. The get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

They reach maturity at 2 years of age but are not usually fertile until 4-5 years of age. They start to breed from June till December. They lay between 4-8 eggs which most of them will be fertile. Incubation is about 23 days and they usually fledge at about 50 - 51 days but are still dependent on there parents for another 2-4 weeks. They need lots of calcium when breeding. We breed our blue throated Conures in A frame boxes that are 450mm high 300mm at the bottom 175mm sides 80mm entrance hole.

Pet potential

The blue throated conure makes a great pet. They are smart, playful, mischievous and very sweet natured, with a gentle disposition. They are less noisy than the bigger conure species. These intelligent creatures need a lot of attention to keep them happy.

King parrots

King ParrotKing Parrots can be found from as far north as Atherton in North Queensland right down to the south of Victoria. The king parrot is 43cm in length and is one of the larger of the native Australian parrots.Male descrption: Head, neck, chest and abdomen are bright red, wings are green with a stripe of light green. Upper mandible is red with a black tip, the lower mandible is black. When they are young they look like a female. Female description: Head and upper body is green, with a bright red abdomen. The bill is black.

Housing

We house our king parrots in a suspended cage measuring 3m long 2m high and 0.9m wide. The get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

The king parrot is mature at 18 months and breeds from July to January. They usually lay 3-4 eggs. We breed our king parrots in 1200mm high by 300 mm square nesting box.

White fronted Amazons

White Fronted AmazonThe White-fronted Amazon or Spectacled Amazon Parrot (Amazona albifrons albifrons) is the most abundant of the Amazon Parrots.They are native to Southern Mexico and Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua), where they frequent dry areas with trees, cactus and thornbush savannah, as well as rain forest areas from sea level to 1,850 m (6,200 ft). They are often seen visiting fruit plantations and cultivated areas. The White fronted Amazons are the smallest of the amazons measuring about 25 cm in length. They are mainly green with red across the nose and around the eyes with a white patch on the head and blue behind the white patch. The cock bird has more white on the head and red in the wings than the hen. The young birds don't have as much colour in the head until their first molt.

Housing

We house our white fronted Amazons in a suspended cage measuring 2.1m long 1.2m high and 0.9m wide. They get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

Some people say they have bred them from 2 year old others say up to 5 years. They start to lay from august to December laying 3-6 egg most of them hatching. If give a chance they will raise there own young. Eggs are incubated for 24 to 26 days and chicks fledge at an age of 7 to 12 weeks but are still reliant on there parents for another 2-4 weeks. We breed our white fronted amazons in a nesting box measuring 25cm w x 25cm l x 50 cm h with a 70 mm entrance hole.

Pet potential

Because they are still pretty rare is Australia they have not been keep as pets so not much has been said. They can pick up how to talk and whistle pretty easily.

Eclectus parrots

EclectusThe Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) is native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas). The male is manly green with blue and red under the wings. When the cock bird is mature it will have a bright orange beak. The hen is red and purple with a black beak. They range from 30-35 cm in length. They weigh about 430 grams.



Housing

We house our eclectus parrots in a suspended cage measuring 4m long 1.2m high and 1.2m wide. They get small parrot mix once a week unless they eat most of it. They also get fresh water daily and a mixture of fruit and veg this is usually apple, carrot, celery, orange, passion fruit, grapes and milk arrowroot biscuit.

Breeding

Some people say they have bred them from 2 year old others say up to 5 years. They lay all year round laying 2 occasionally 3 eggs with most of them hatching. If given a chance they will raise their own young. Eggs are incubated for 30 days.

Pet potential

They make a great pet because of their loving nature. They are very playful and talkative birds. They are great at talking and whistling.