Black Capped Conure
Pyrrhura rupicola rupicola & P. rupicola sandiae

I have spent many hours trying to find real evidence that the nominate species P.rupicola rupicola actually existed in captivity.
I have these photo's as evidence of a few birds that were imported in the USA.
Wild caught birds below, there was 4 birds in total that looked like these.
It appears that P.rupicola rupicola is a very rare species in captivity, there is probably no pure forms in Europe.

(2 Photos below from Loro Parque, sent to me as rupicola rupicola, captive bred birds)
ABOVE:The birds that Loro Parque hold are questionable to how pure they are, its very lightly they are infact highly coloured P.rupicola sandiae type, to what they call P.rupicola rupicola as they show all the traits of being intermediate birds, like alot do in Europe.
BELOW: all these birds are more than lightly the sandiae sub-species, but again showing varied characteristics towards the rupicola rupicola type. It was thought for a long time these whitish throated birds were pure rupicola rupicola, which we are quite sure are not now, but possible showing the rupicola rupicola gene from generations of captive breeding etc.

BELOW: Pyrrhura rupicola sandiae (Loro Parque birds i owned)
There are however reported gradual varied differences between the lower & higher elevations populations of these birds in the rupicola sandiae region, the more it becomes apparent to me the descriptions are based on birds from the higher regions in most field guides/books etc.
According to Thomas Arndt book Atlas of Conures stated for rupicola sandiae: from lower elevations seem to have more strongly yellow breast than those of higher regions, where coloration tends to be more whitish.
  The main varied populations are in the rupicola sandiae region, so this needs looking at again more closely and descriptions updated, confirmed, and added to all the relevant field guide/encyclopaedias.
(below) 2 x cocks, Pyrrhura rupicola sandiae UK bred, bred from Belgium bloodline.
above: own bred 2012 bred hens. LPF bloodline.
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