Conures are small to medium sized birds that are charming, playful and inquisitive.
Basics: Conure parrot birds are very popular as pets. These parrots are active, colorful and full of personality. Oftentimes found of a small to medium size, they appreciate a larger area in which to live and play and they somehow manage to locate and perch wherever the action in the household happens to be. These are personable and companionable birds that have even been known to cuddle with their owners. Not only that, the this parrot has a bounce to its step and can even be funny. Their colors range from somewhat muted to extremely colorful. When choosing one from a seller, compare all of what's offered and go with what you're looking for. Beyond the Conure's colorful exterior comes an even more colorful character. Think comedian, actor and improv character. These birds will make you laugh. Conures come in many types. They include the Sun Conure, Green-Cheek Conure, Nanday Conure, Golden Conure, Crimson-Bellied Conure, Dusky Conure, Cherry-Headed Conure, Blue-Crowned Conure, Black-Capped Conure, Jenday Conure, Half-Moon Conure, and the Peach-Fronted Conure.
Original and Native Habitat: Conure birds are native to South American countries, including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, and Ecuador.
How to Feed and Care For: Conures like to move around a lot and because of their activity, they shouldn't be kept in small cages. The larger, the better when it comes to this species. These birds will fly around and play with their toys, so be sure to give them ample room to do so. Cages should measure at least three feet long by two feet wide by two feet high. Also, remember that these birds love water, so be sure to keep a bowl full of it inside their cages. If you do this, you'll likely catch them bathing here and there. Regarding this bird's diet, the Conure likes to eat vegetables, fruit and anything that's generally healthy that you and I can eat. These birds also like to chew on things, so feeding them bird cakes and berries is a good idea.
Personality, Behavior and Temperament: Conures are pretty awesome birds. They're curious and playful and love to perch on shoulders and arms. They'll even join you in the shower if you invite them. You can give them kisses and cuddle them and they'll crawl all over you as you walk through your home. The thing is, they can be loud as well with all their screeching and screaming. They can be trained to minimize the noise though. Not eliminate it, but minimize it. These are relatively bold birds that go where the action is. They love stimulation, so they'll need lots of activities to participate in and toys to play with. Their minds need to be exercised as much as their bodies do. As far as being a family pet goes, these birds are nearly ideal. Their personalities say it all; they're outgoing and playful. As stated above, the Conure will likely perch on your shoulders and climb all over you. While they're on your shoulders though, it's not unheard of that they'll toy with your hair in their mouths. This is just part of their charm. And on top of all this, your Conure may dance and mimic your actions. They're even trainable and if trained correctly, will perform tricks and obey your commands.
Do They Talk? What Kids of Sounds Do They Make? Have you ever heard a high pitched screech? Yeah, that's the noise the Conure makes most of the time. It can be loud and annoying to neighbors, so watch that if you are trying to decide which species of bird to buy. In general, Conures will make this screeching noise when they're excited about something, want your attention or are scared. The trick is to train your Conure how to be more quiet. Don't reinforce this action by rewarding it with your presence. Ignore the bird and give it positive reinforcement during other more preferable activities. When it comes to vocabulary, the Conure's is limited. It can, however, be trained to speak words and phrases in a limited fashion.
Health and Disease Awareness: Something that's seen often with the Conure parrot is called feather picking. Most of the time, this is caused by a lack of stimulation. The bird is bored and it basically turns on itself. The way to correct this, if there isn't an underlying medical condition, is to give your Conure more mental and physical stimulation. Play with it inside and outside of its cage and teach it to do new things. Train the bird to do tricks and to speak and use rewards when the bird learns something new. These birds need to play and exercise, so don't leave them alone to fend for themselves. While they're in their cages, be sure to leave them toys and things on which to chew. They'll thank you for it. Otherwise, more medically, Conures are prone to Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD), Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, Psittacosis, beak malocclusion and Aspergillosis. Be sure to have a good relationship with a qualified veterinarian when owning a Conure. This is very important. The vet can educate you on a good many topic.
Life Expectancy: 20-30 years.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Conure bird: small sized, medium sized, charming, playful, inquisitive, like activity, enjoy being around people, companionable, spunky, comical, colorful, personable, cuddly, loud, active, curious, and bold.