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Old 09-17-2013, 12:11 AM
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Question Beak differences..?

I've just been studying and comparing my GCC pairs: normal x yellowsided pair with my cinnamon x pineapple pair. And I've noticed that the cinnamon x pineapple pair have larger/broader beaks than the normal x yellowsided pair. Why would this be? Could it be because my normal x yellowsided pair is the P.molinae australis subspecies?
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:02 PM
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Re: Beak differences..?

I was hoping someone more knowledgable than I would have replied by now haha.

I am quite sure they are the exact same species etc so not sure why their beaks would be different sizes if their bodies are the same size.

My previous GCC normal was larger than any other GCC ive personally seen. Huge compared to my baby cinnamon I have now. So I think its just that some birds even though the same species will be slightly different in size.

Someone please correct me if im wrong.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:07 PM
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Re: Beak differences..?

Acindo, there are several recognized subspecies in green cheek conures. The following website only shows photos of a few.

green cheeked

Kinny, unless Australia has tried to keep the subspecies pure, I doubt it's because they are a different subspecies.... more likely that whatever subspecies they are has influenced the final outcome.... in other words, they are hybrids, but whichever subspecies is most prominent is the one that is determining size and perhaps even color.
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Re: Beak differences..?

Quote: Originally Posted by MonicaMc View Post
Acindo, there are several recognized subspecies in green cheek conures.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:59 AM
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Re: Beak differences..?

I would have even if you didn't reply, Acindo!

Although I don't own a green cheek conure, let alone a Pyrrhura, I've taken a slight interest in the different subspecies in green cheek conures. Just a little sad by the fact that most of the GCC's in the USA are all probably hybrids between the subspecies (I've seen so many variances in colorations!) and most people don't even realize it... not to mention the hybrids between GCC's and MBC's as well as BCC's (Pyrrhuras) that look close enough to GCC's that they could have been bred back to GCC's, creating even more hybrids.
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