Crimson Bellied Conures (Complete Specie Profile)

Last Updated on March 11, 2024 by Ali Shahid

Crimson Bellied Conure also known as Crimson Bellied Parakeet is a small size bird with striking coloring and the friendliest personality. With a native range in the Amazon basin of Northern Bolivia to the South of Brazil, this specie is abundant in its range.

With a 9-inch size and beautiful coloration, these cute feather buddies are very popular among bird lovers. In addition, they are very docile and friendly, and playful, and often form strong bonds with their owners.

Crimson Bellied Conures

Crimson Bellied Conures

The soft and melodious voice of these birds is something you will not find in any other conure species. In short, they have all the features to be an ideal family pet. Continue, reading to learn more about Crimson Bellied Conures.

Overview of Crimson Bellied Conure
OriginAmazon Basin of North Bolivia and Brazil
Common NamesCrimson-bellied Conure, Crimson-bellied parakeet
Scientific NamesPyrrhura perlata
ColorPredominantly Green, Red Abdomen
Size9 Inches
Weight100 gm
PersonalityFriendly, Docile, Playful
Talking AbilityLow
Noise LevelQuiet as compared to other conures
Lifespan20 years or more
Price$400-$1200
IUCN StatusLeast Concern

Origin and History

Crimson-bellied conures are found in the Amazon rainforest across northern Bolivia and eastern Brazil in states such as Mato Grosso, Rondônia, Amazonas, and Pará south of the Amazon River.

It is mostly found in humid terra firma forests as well as dried lowlands and secondary forests. The highest range for these birds in forests is 600 m. In the 1800s, it was believed to be a Pearly Parakeet (Pyrrhura Lepida), but false information led to it being renamed Pyrrhura perlata.

Since 2012, this species has been considered vulnerable due to habitat loss and deforestation. However, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has reclassified it as a Least Concern species in 2021.

Size and Appearance

The Crimson Bellied Conure stands out among other conure breeds due to its striking colors. Its small head, slender body, and long tapered tail make it easily recognizable. Adult Crimson Bellied Conures average 9 inches (24 centimeters) long including the tail. They can weigh up to 4 ounces (100 grams).

These birds showcase a vibrant blend of colors and patterns, making them exceptionally beautiful and truly unique. The green thighs, back, and wings contrast with turquoise blue on the lower wing and upper back. The abdomen’s bold red hue is the focal point, drawing immediate attention.

This red abdomen is the reason they are named Crimson Bellied Conures. In addition, the head, neck, and chest feature a distinct scale-like pattern in white and grey. The cheeks are green, and the forehead is light blue. This captivating combination of colors and exotic shades gives them an alluring and charming appearance.

Personality

If Crimson Bellied’s striking coloration is not enough, its charming and affectionate personality will surely win your heart. These birds are absolute clowns that love to show funny antiques to their owners. They are excellent cuddlers and often look to cuddle with you in your presence.

When out of the cage they will always be around you to play and show their love for you. These friendly pals are not only playful but also very gentle and docile. They form very strong bonds with their owners and other family members.

You will rarely see a Crimson Bellied Conure angry and biting you. All these characteristics make them one of the most suitable companion birds among all conure species.

Speech and Sound

Crimson Bellied Conures are normally quiet birds with very soft and gentle calls. In the wild, the only noted calls are rapid ‘wur’ ‘wir’ and ‘peeh’. These calls are mostly associated with alerting other flock members to danger, threats, or food.

Although they are capable of mimicking some household noises, such as doorbells, microwaves, and phone rings, they are not considered to be good talkers. In captivity, they exhibit a very calm demeanor while playing, emitting soft and muffled chirps and murmurs.

However, these birds have the capability of being loud if not provided with proper care and attention. As long as you fulfill their needs, Crimson Bellied Conures are calm and quiet which makes them ideal for small apartments or buildings.

Breeding

Crimson Bellied Conure breeding age is 12 months, and the breeding season is from August to November or April to June. Like all conures, Crimson Bellied Conures also nest in tree cavities.

They normally lay 4-6 eggs and incubate them for 25 days. It usually takes 8 weeks for a juvenile to start flying after hatching.

Caring for a Crimson Bellied Conure

It is recommended to house a crimson bellied conure in a cage that measures 20 inches by 20 inches by 30 inches with bars spaced 3/4 inches apart. Anything less is not recommended and bigger is always better.

To make sure your pet conure remains occupied and to prevent bordem, provide a variety of toys like hide-and-seek toys, foraging toys, or chewing toys. Don’t forget to check the safety of these toys. In addition, provide perches and place them high away from water and food bowls.

During the time they are outside, keep an eye on these conures. Since these birds are curious in nature, they will certainly move around inside the room and may cause themselves harm.

These conures love bathing so arrange bathing at least twice a week. If necessary, trim your pet’s nails and feathers twice a month. Overall, these birds are not very demanding and require a moderate level of care.

Potential Health Problems

One of the common health problems associated with these pets is feather plucking. Because of loneliness and lack of playtime, these birds will get bored easily and will start plucking their feathers.

Other diseases that can pose serious health problems for your pet conures are PVD, Aspergillosis, Conure Bleeding Syndrome, Parrot Fever, etc. If you notice any abnormality in your pet bird, you should take it to the nearest avian veterinarian as soon as possible.

It is well known that birds are experts at hiding the symptoms of the disease. Therefore, if you observe any abnormal signs, it indicates that it has already been too late. Hence, don’t wait to get a checkup because it may worsen the situation.

Diet


In the wild, Crimson Bellied Conures feed primarily on seeds, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. In captivity, you will find many commercial brands to keep your pet content with a balanced diet. Opt for a brand free of chemical preservatives or fake colors.

You can sometimes strengthen your bond with your bird by offering fresh fruit, like apple slices. But don’t go overboard with the fruit, or it might cause tummy troubles.

Crimson Bellied Conures for Sale and Price

Crimson Bellied Conures are listed for sale on many online platforms like BirdBreeders, Omarexoticsbirds, PetCrown, and Megabirdstore. The price of Crimson Bellied Conures is in the range of $400-$1200. In addition, you can also find these birds at low prices from adoption centers.

Author

  • Ali Shahid

    Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.

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