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Black-Capped Conure

Pyrrhura rupicola
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern
Western South America
Lowland tropical forests, including varzea and terra firme

Also known as the Black-capped Parakeet, Black-capped Conures primarily consume fruits, seeds, and other parts of plants.  They tend to forage in the canopies of trees.

Black-capped Conures nest in tree cavities. They lay 4 to 7 eggs in a clutch. Incubation lasts around 24 days, and the young fledge after around 50 days. The young can remain with their family group learning survival skills for several years.

These conures are highly social birds and tend to form large groups consisting of 20 to 30 individuals. Their social interaction provides them with protection and opportunities to learn by observing other parrots.

The species has occasionally been assessed as Near Threatened due to projected habitat loss in the Amazon Rainforest. They are also captured for the pet trade.

Black-capped Conures can live up to 30 years.