The Patagonian Conure (Cyanoliseus patagonus) is a medium-sized bird in the parrot family. It is also called the Burrowing Parrot. It is related to macaws.
The Patagonian Conure is mainly olive green, with an olive-green neck, back and chest. It has yellow on it lower back and upper chest, with orange-red thighs. The male has red patches on its chest. Its throat is grey-brown. It has distinctive eyelashes and white eye-rings. It has pale-yellow eyes and dark-grey beak. The male is not as colourful as the female.
It measures about 45 centimetres (17.5 inches) tall.
The Patagonian Conure is native to the South American countries of Argentina and Chile. It prefers dry bush steppes and deserts.
It is a social bird.
It is monogamous and mates for life. It nests on cliff ledges. The female lays 2-3 eggs, which hatch after 24-25 days. Both parents take care of their chicks. The chicks gain their flight feathers after about eight weeks.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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