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Question:

November 3, 2021

Can a Green Cheek Conure breed with a Maroon Bellied Conure?


Can a GCC and a Maroon Bellied Conure successfully breed and produce healthy offspring? Why or why not please?


Answer:

Hi,

The short answer is yes, and they should produce healthy chicks. This is a common hybrid in captivity, in an effort to get the better personality traits of the green cheek. However, most breeders frown on breeding hybrids. Not only are they inferior to the pure species, but if they end up looking like one of the parents, someone could end up with one of them in the future and breed the bird thinking they have a pure species. So it’s mainly an ethical concern over preservation of each species, although neither are endangered in the wild. Sadly the green cheeks have been badly inbred to create new color mutations and many are coming down with genetic issues or diseases like Avian Bornavirus. Maroon Bellies have become increasingly rare in captivity because they are not quite as colorful as the green cheeks and they tend to be more shy and not always as good as a pet.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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