The Black-capped conure (Pyrrhura rupicola), also known as the Black-capped parakeet or Rock conure, is a parrot native to the south-western Amazon Basin and adjacent east Andean slopes in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. The Black-capped conure is mostly green with a dark brown-black cap, a whitish scaly neck and breast, red wing coverts (upper, not lower – along the leading edge), and a black beak. The breast feathers are dark with light tips.
Black-capped conures are mostly green with a dark brown-black cap, whitish scaly neck and breast, red wing coverts (upper, not lower – along the leading edge), and a black beak. The breast feathers are dark with light tips, rather than the opposite.
While they are highly intelligent birds, they need enrichment and attention in captivity or become distressed.
Size / Weight: 9.85″ / 75 g Black Capped Conures are small, reaching a length of approximately 10 inches from the beak to the tail feathers’ tips.
Lifespan: Up to 30 years
Temperament: Black-capped conures are friendly, easy-going birds. They are highly social and straightforward to train. They enjoy interacting with their owners, and they crave daily playtime and attention. A lonely Black-capped conure can become depressed and develop both medical and behavioral problems.
In captivity, it can eat sunflower seeds, bird pellets, a variety of fruits such as pears, orange, pomegranate, apple, and banana, and vegetables such as carrots, cooked sweet potato, celery, fresh kale, peas, and green beans.