breed gc and half moon conures

by Norma

i have a green checked conure and a friend of mine has a half moon conure can we breed them or not

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Oct 30, 2013
breeding birds from the same hatch
by: Anonymous

Hi I brought a pair of Pineapple Conures but I'm wondering can U leave brother n sister together or will they breed ? I am deeply worried as I no mixing same blood can have its consequences. Avdeeply concerns bird lover

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Dec 12, 2011
Do not hybridize birds!
by: Dani

The person asked if they could breed a half moon conure with a green cheek conure. These are not the same species and should not be bred. It is not like comparing a human of african descent breeding with a human of european descent. Let me explain the difference. Green cheeks and half moons aren't the same species like humans of different colors are.
Remember from basic biology class, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species? This is how all living things are classified.

All humans are classified as such: Homo Sapiens (species) Homo (genus) Hominidae (family)

Green Cheek Conure classification: Pyrrhura molinae (species) Pyrrhura (genus)

Half Moon Conure classification: Aratinga canicularis (species) Aratinga (genus)

So as you can see, these completely different species do not even belong to the same Genus. Breeding of the two would not happen in the wild and should not be condoned in captivity.

Jun 17, 2010
not true
by: Anonymous

I am an exotic vet and as long as they are in the same blood type you can mix as in maroon bellied, green cheeked or pinapple their all of the same blood. Basically what your trying to say if I compare this to humans if someone of african blood has a baby with someone of caucasian were making the babies weaker and unable to fight off infection. If you are unsure if the birds are able to breed as in if they are of similar blood lines you can always do a blood analisys test with healthgene and they will be able to tell you if they are able to mate also if they are close to being in the same family because you also don't want to imbread either.

Apr 24, 2010
breed gc and half moon conures
by: Linda

NO, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T EVEN CONSIDER IT. I'm not even sure it would work anyway, and here are ALL the many reasons why you do not want to start breeding any kind of hybrids.

Hybridizing within bird families and species weakens the gene pool, and the object of informed, intelligent breeding is TO KEEP THESE GENE POOLS PURE OR AS PURE AS IS POSSIBLE NOW THAT JUST ABOUT ALL THE BIRDS ARE RELATED IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER.

I know you've seen all the cute Macaw and other species hybrids, and though they MAY LOOK INTERESTING, what is actually happening is that the pure gene pool we are bound to keep pure is becoming more and more diluted. With this dilution comes weaker birds who have less and less ability to fight off infections, plus there are other internal changes that are occuring that will produce a percentage of babies who have to be put down because of physical and mental disease and or disabilities. Don't even consider buying one of them as they are already tainted material, and my God have mercy on their poor little souls!

So, even though the GC and Half Moon ARE conures, please do not even dream of breeding them together or any other hybridizations. As for breeding birds in general, if you only knew how many of these parrots are right at this moment suffering at the hands of neglectful and abusive owners, you'd stop even thinking about breeding birds of any species. Everybody and their sisters are breeding birds, dogs, cats and so on to the point where the larger majority of these birds and animals are in horrible physical condition and are sold cheap to whoever happens to come along with a bit of money. The birds' lives are long, and once your babies leave your home, you have no idea how many times they will be moved, who will torture or starve them and how long this will go on before they are blessed with death.There are people taking little birds like yours and regularly throwing them up against the wall because they are screaming for food or attention. This is happening in many homes in this country right this second. Please do not be a part of the problem and instead be a part of the solution.

So, no, don't breed any hybrids no matter what anyone tells you. These two birds can be good friends and keep each other company, just cage them separately and forget all about breeding them or anything else. There is NO MONEY in breeding birds unless a person does not take care of the birds. This means poor diet, small, cheap and dangerous cages or flights, and the birds NEVER, EVER SEE AN AVIAN VET. These breeders are called Bird Mill breeders, and they regularly sell to chain pet stores across the country. Every bird bought from these places is already sick and possibly dying. So, there is no money, fame or fortune to be had breeding birds or any other animals.

Thanks for writing,

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