INTRODUCING....

THE CRIMSON BELLIED CONURE!!!!!!!!!

The hidden jewel in the bird world!

We have no more 2014 babies, but watch for eggs around January of 2015!!

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One of our 2009 babies sent us a video. Thank you, Dan, for sharing your beautiful Tutu with bird lovers all over. Click here to see Tutu in her mature crimson feathers!

We wean our babies onto our mash, fruits and sprouts. Click here to see the babies enjoying their mash.

 

 Click To witness a baby Crimson changing colors into his adult plumage!

 

Click here to read the 2014 Nursery Journal.

Click here to read the Nursery journal for 2013

Milowe, er Millie, is one of our breeder birds. She has a fun story! Click here to see it

 

  New Video of the handfeeding of a Crimson Bellied Conure! This was just taken in April 2007. Click on this baby (band 145) and watch him being fed. Listen to the unique noises he makes.  It is 1 AM right now and I can hear the parents feeding their other babies right now! Isn't God incredible with his creative powers? I remain in awe of Him! To see this baby fly to me on May 9th, click here.

 
 

 

When I first saw the Crimson Bellied Conure, it was love at first sight. Crimson Bellied Conure are members of the Pyrrhura family of conures! We began searching  to find these stunning, rare Conures. On a Thursday night, August 3rd, 2006, we headed to the airport to pick up our 1st pair.

 

 
 
Crimson Bellies are absolutely stunning to look at! Even in attitude, they are sweet, calm, and quiet. They are in the same family, Pyrrhura,  as the Green cheek conure. They are just a tad bit bigger than the Green Cheeks, though. They measure about 9.5" long and are heavier bodied. Originally known as Pyrrhura rhodogaster, they are not considered the nominate species of Pyrrhura perlata. I find myself increasingly excited about this Pyrrhura Conure.

 

What is the difference between a Crimson Belly and a Red Belly? Click here to read more.

After recovering from my shock at their beauty, I am equally impressed by their gentle nature that is balanced by playfulness. Obviously, we adore Green Cheek Conures, and like their "cheeky" attitudes. Likewise, I love the Sun Conure and its easy going even temperament. However, the Sun Conure call is so loud that it can wear on me. The Crimson Bellied Conure seems to have more of that even keeled temperament of the Sun Conure, without the loud call. The Crimson Bellied Conure is a very rare conure and somewhat unknown in the pet population. We breeders have been hoarding all the babies for ourselves. 

Click here to see some shoulder training of a baby

As you can see by this picture, they are very sweet and cuddly! These birds are also active, sweet, talkative and FUNNY! Click on the picture to the right to watch a movie of our breeder pair, Rhett and Scarlett. My youngest sister calls these two, "the funniest birds I've ever seen!" They are real characters.

Even their backsides are gorgeous. There are stunning blue high lights that amaze you in the light. There is blue collar that you can't see in this picture that encircles the hind neck.

 

Click here to see me teaching a baby how to step up, how I handle nipping, etc...

Crimson Bellies love playing in water, laying on their backs, and balls with bells inside are a favorite toy.

Click here to see a video of one of the babies playing in a cup of water. This video was taken one hot summer day while we were drinking iced waters and playing with babies. Well, a Crimson Bellied baby decided it was the perfect day for a swim! This water glass was only half full, so baby Crimson had to really dive in to get wet!

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We have loved getting to know their easy going character!  When I am raising our Green cheeks, I have found that it is best if I put them each in their own cage when they are about 6 weeks old. Otherwise, they become herd-bound (can you tell I am a horse person) and don't really want to be with people. That goes away when they go home with their respective family and are isolated, but I was always embarrassed by a family arriving to pick up their baby and their baby flying AWAY from them and back to its cage. I knew they were just going back to their siblings and they would get over it when they left, but I still didn't feel right when the family came. However, the Crimson Bellies could all be in one cage and they are still desperate to be on people and be cuddled. Please don't think I am saying Green Cheeks are bad pets. I LOVE Green cheeks and their feisty, confident, snuggly attitudes.

Milly is colored beautifully due to the species that she is, but also due to her excellent diet. Read more about Pamperedpeeps parrot mash here and about sprouts by clicking here.

Milly is one of our parent birds.

Crimson Bellies can be Flight Suit trained just as well, or easier than, any other bird. Milowe is wearing a Small Tropical Suit and happily goes outside! The babies seem to accept them much easier than the Green Cheeks, but this goes along with their laid back personality. To see a Crimson Belly in a Flight Suit, going to our local post office, click here.

Babies do not look like adults. After each molt, you will see more and more color appear on your youngster. Their gorgeous crimson coloring comes in gradually over that first year of life. Watch the movie below to witness the transformation of a Crimson Bellied Conure.

 
How much bigger is a Crimson Bellied Conure when compared to a Green Cheek Conure?? The Green cheek in the right on this picture is weaned and about 10 weeks old. The Crimson Bellied is still being fed and is about 5.5 weeks old. You can see how much chunkier the Crimson Bellied Conure is. The young Crimson Bellied Conure still needs to grow out its tail. I give the same cage recommendation as a green cheek with the bar spacing no bigger than 5/8" and the size should be at minimum 24" x 18" x 32" high. The sleep cage can be much smaller (read more here).

This picture was taken when our pair was not very old yet, and the female does not even have all her color in! She is in the back, and you can see that she just has bits and specks of red. When Crimson Bellies first feather out, they have no red on their belly at all!  Crimson Bellies are from an area in Northern Brazil between two tributaries of the Amazon River. They are also found in the Mato Grasso region.

Crimson Bellies are relatively new to avriculture in the United States. Richard Cusick and Rick Jordan set up the consortium  in 1998 that brought the Crimson Bellied into the U.S. The AFA awarded Rick Jordan with the first time breeding award for these gorgeous creatures in 2001. We thank Rick and Richard Cusick for this success.

 The very first import of these Crimson Bellied Conures consisted of 5 pairs from South Africa. These had originally come from Loro Parque in Spain and the assumption is that these birds were probably related. The breeder in S Africa did say that none were siblings, and a DNA panel confirmed that. The first 5 pairs were assigned "A, B, C, D and E" to their progeny. Within 6 months, 39 more Crimson Bellies were imported from Europe, but these birds also had come from Loro Parque in Spain. Some were from Germany and Holland. Thus, only a total of 49 birds were imported to begin all of the breeding stock in the USA. So, when the term "unrelated" is used with these species and many other pairs of birds, one needs to understand that the term is not entirely accurate. Some of the lines have been more prolific than others, so some are represented in greater numbers in the U.S. population.

I wish Crimsons weren't so expensive so more people could experience them. Their price will go down though as they become more numerous. They just have not been in America for that long.

In 2007, we have added more pairs to our aviary so that we can produce "unrelated pairs" for people in the future.

 

 

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