Blue Throated Conure
 Pyrrhura cruentata
The Blue Throated has been available for a good number of years now in the UK, at first it demanded very high prices, as they were rare. Like all of the pyrrhura's when conditions are to their liking they have proved to be very prolific, so the prices of pairs have dropped considerably. Clutches of up to 9 eggs have been reported a few times. Usually 4 - 6 eggs is normal for this species. I have found the Blue Throated a joy to keep &  breed.
In my experience they seem to have a different manner compared to the smaller/regular pyrrhura's I keep. They are more playful & seem to show off & get very excited towards their keepers with their chattering calls. They are the biggest in the genus of Pyrrhura's measuring up to 30cm in length. Their calls are high pitched and at there noisiest when alarmed by strangers or cats in the vicinity. I would not say they would be a problem to neighbours as they normally only have a couple of squawking sessions a day.

NOTE: They are listed in CITES Appendix 1, mainly due to loss of habitat (logging industry) & illegal trade. All birds must be registered & breeders must registered any young bred and have paperwork for their birds at time of sale, which is proof of owning captive-bred specimens. Close ringing these birds is really essential.

Photo LEFT below shows the maroon rump/back, its not often seen unless you keep them or see them in flight.


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