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more about peachfront conure versus half moon conure identification...
A previous entry raised a question from a reader: Can't you tell the difference between the peachfronted conures and half moon conures by the color or size of the birds?
If the bird is in the hand -- and pet birds are frequently in the hand -- it's OK to use size. But if you're identifying a single bird in a video or in the field, I'm always very cautious about just using size.
What is size? A Northern Cardinal is a big bird seen through binoculars right after you've been inspecting hummingbirds. Then it comes up to tap your window to ask for some seed, and you look at it naked eye, and suddenly it's a small bird.
In any event, there can be considerable size variation in peachfronted conures, to the point where a significantly larger subspecies has been proposed.
I also don't like to rely on subtle shades of color if you're just looking at one bird -- or, worse, video or photo of a bird.
Instead, start with pattern and proportion. In the case of the peachfront versus the half moon, getting a look at the beak will quickly settle the question. Peachfront conures have all-black bills. Half moons have a broad area of light "horn" color on their upper mandible.
Once you know that, you can pick out a peachfront from a half moon at a glance. No struggle with relative size or shades of green required.
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