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Maroon-Bellied Conures (Pyrrhura Frontalis)

The Maroon-Bellied Conure is one of the smallest conures weighing between 60-80 grams and their length is 9 - 10 inches. Don't let their small size fool you. They have every bit of the great personality as the bigger conures. Maroon-Bellied Conures have a “clown like” personality, and are a very enjoyable companion parrot. 

Life span:

10 years with a potential lifespan of 35 years or more with proper care.


The plumage is primarily green, with a maroon patch on the belly, a yellow-green barred ("scaly") breast and front and sides of neck, brownish ear patch, black beak, and maroon under the tail. The primary feathers are blue and green and dark on the tips.
The Maroon Bellied Conure is often mistaken for the Green Cheek Conure and the Crimson Bellied Conure. They are very similar in disposition and looks. There are some visual differences. The Maroon Bellied Conure's tail is a green color on top and lightly maroon colored underneath, while the Green Cheek Conure's tail has a dark maroon color. The belly is somewhat darker than the Green Cheek's. The Crimson Bellied Conure's belly is a bright, rich crimson color.

Energy level:

Very high - Rotate toys often and plan on playing with them on a regular basis. 

Talking ability:

They can be taught a simple words or phrases. Each bird is unique and the talking will depend on the interaction it receives from you the teacher and caregiver. Socialization is key…introduce your new baby Maroon-Bellied to many situations and people!


 Maroon-Bellied Conures are among the quieter Conures. Volume is not nearly as loud as the larger conures. Frequency of noise is moderate. Expect some squawking at dawn, when entering or leaving the house, and if disturbed while trying to take a nap or while sleeping. The volume level is very well suited for apartment living. Frequency tends to increase if they don't get enough attention or toys. These birds don't seem to mind a noisier household, making them more suitable for families with children. Although, expect them to join in as your household noise level increases.

Unique characteristics:

The Maroon-Bellied Conures are intelligent, friendly and active. They adapt easily to human contact and are easily trained. They are bold and independent and yet generally have a very sweet personality and they are growing fast in popularity.
Maroon-Bellied Conures will dangle by one foot from the top of the cage to check out the view, and will hold food or treats with a foot while eating. Like many parrots, they also like dunking their food into their drinking water -- creating a messy soup requiring the water to be changed frequently.
Many of them enjoy bathing or showering with their owners. Bathing water needs to be provided daily.
They enjoy being scratched all over, usually while lying upside down in your hand or on a lap. These birds have no dander, (like a cockatiel does), making them a better choice for those with allergies. They have big personalities for small birds, and will entertain you!

Problem behavior: 

-They can get a little carried away when playing.

-Their love for bathing can be a problem with the water dish.
-They also like to dip their food in the water making some kind of "soup". This can be a problem if you are not home to change the water frequently, because it can leave nothing to drink.
While curiosity is one of the great characteristics of the conure, it can get him into a ton of trouble. Particularly with other pets, the bath tub or any other water source. Keep a close eye on your Conure, as this can easily become his very last bathe.

Recommended equipment:

- Cage size:
I recommend a minimum of 18" x 18" x 24", with ” bar spacing or less. Cage size also depends on how much time the bird will be spending in the cage.  A bird that just sleeps in the cage can be housed in the minimum recommended cage size stated above: however, birds that spend much of the day in their cage would benefit from a cage larger in size. This way a shallow water dish can be placed in the cage for taking baths. Always remember to remove right after bathing!

-Play stand:

Provide your bird a place where it can get out for exercise, and have fun playing. There are many different play stands on the market. So search around for one that best suits your life style and needs.


Provide your bird with a few different perches, ranging in diameter. Natural perches are best, as they provide varying shapes which is best for your bird’s feet. Pedicure perch: This is a textured perch that helps keep toenails trimmed and smooth, as well as the bird’s beak.   


I feed a good Pellet diet, (Zupreem) occasionally I give them a small amount of a good fortified seed mix, as well as fruit, veggies, and sprouts. I also offer them a cuttle bone and a mineral block.