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About Conures

 

Originating from Central and South America, Conures come in a variety of rainbow hues and have colorful personalities to match. They are said to be among the noisiest of all parrots and are playful and active, too. Their hilarious antics make them wonderful companions that will entertain you for hours.

 

Conures usually range in size from the small (approximately 9") to medium (approximately 12"), although some can grow to be much larger. Patagonian Conures can grow to be 17 ¾” to 19”! Generally, Conures live for 25 to 30 years.

 

They are great eaters, and because of their inquisitive nature they enjoy a variety of healthy food, especially if they see you eating them, as well! A good pelleted diet, seeds, fruit and vegetables make mealtimes fun to watch.

 

Conures are broken down into subgroups that are distinguished by similar or consistent physical and behavioral characteristics.

 

White Eyed, Dusky, Suns, Nandays, Gold Capped and Jendays

This is the noisiest “sub-group" of Conures, however, their speech is limited and lacking in tone. Basic colors vary between subcategories.

§         White Eyes and Duskies are predominantly green.

§         Sun Conures are green with fiery orange and red blending on the head and cheeks and turning yellow down the back, the brighter colors spread as the bird matures.

§         Nandays are predominantly green with black masks; some have black and blue on the wings and orange socks.

§         Gold Capped Conures are shades of green with slashes of burnt orange on the breast spreading toward the abdomen. This particular group is willing to be handled by anyone if they are well socialized while youngsters. They learn tricks and potty train quite quickly. Having their neck and body scratched makes them show their affectionate and loving nature.

 

Green Cheek, Orange Front, Peach Front and Maroon Bellied

Members of this “sub-group” are slightly smaller, but the general characteristics are the same. Despite some discrepancies that appear in distinct color patterns, for the most part the birds in this group are predominantly green with color patches on forehead, throat and the upper breast. Their voices are more high pitched and squeaky and don’t possess the volume of the first group. They are also playful and active.



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