The conure parrot is a remarkable bird. They are popular because of their beauty, as well as their intelligence. They are often full of playful antics and they enjoy sharing their play. They are quite peaceful but will readily engage in play with human companions, other birds, and sometimes even other pets.

Besides being very social and quite active, conures are easily tamed. These little parrots love to learn tricks. Most conures can learn a few words though their voices are high pitched. Consequently what they are saying is often unclear. They are hardy birds that rarely get sick.

Both male conures and female conures make equally good pets. A conure parrot that is kept singly will tame quickly and will soon learn new tricks. They like affection and they also like to preen and be preened. You’ll find that a conure parrot will just enjoy your company in general.

Their coloring is truly exquisite; you will find shades of gray, white, red and orange mixed with their basic green, depending on what part of the Latin American countries they are raised. They run in a length of approximately twelve and a half inches.

 

Temperament

The Conures thrive on friendship and companionship. They tame very quickly and in no time you can expect your particular species of Conure to be clamoring to be let out of his/her cage, sit on your hand and shoulder, pull toys and imitate sounds. Some Conures can be nippy, especially with people they don’t know, but a little careful training can rid most of the problem.

Conure As A Pet

Conures are charming, enchanting and beautiful birds. These birds are famous for their amusing nature and liveliness. Special attention should be given to a pet Conure’s hygiene and care, especially to its nails and beaks. They also require a good amount of exercise and activities so that they don’t get bored. Conures love taking baths – it also keeps their feathers sleek and shiny.

Training Conures is a challenging job. Expert training is a fundamental phase of owning Conures. It requires great dexterity and patience. Repeated praising and treats would make them adapt to the training easily.

 

Special Characteristics

Conures are noisy birds. Almost all have loud voices and like to use them.

They aren’t notable talkers, but almost all will speak a word or two. Some species are better than others, but it mostly depends on the individual.

They are active, playful, bold, and affectionate.

They have remarkable mood swings but in a good way. One minute they’ll be acting the clown, climbing on their toys and screeching in mock anger, the next minute they’ll be curled next to you, begging for a scratch.

Conures beg for attention all the time.

They’re great at learning tricks; many will lie on their back and “play dead”, and hanging upside-down from a finger is an easy one.

Some Conures are one-person birds, others more out-going.

 

Diet

A Conure should be provided with a proper diet to keep it happy and content. A pet Conure’s regular diet includes pellets, veggies, nuts, fruits, small-sized pastas, cooked chicken or turkey and other bits and pieces of foods.

Many even prefer boiled vegetables to fresh ones.

Give plenty of freshwater to your Conure for a happy and healthy bird.

Beware, that a Conure can become bored with a formulated diet that can trigger off negative behavior.

Make a combination of small parrot mix and supplement with your bird’s regular meals.

Vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.

Make sure you never feed your bird avocado, cabbage, parsley, and iceberg lettuce.

 

 

Cage

The cage shape is also very important for the bird. Square or rectangular cages are more appropriate for parrots. Before buying the cage, do a thorough checking of the security mechanism.

Conures are active and playful birds, who need a large cage to clamber around in. A large cockatiel cage will do for the small Conures, the others will need a good-sized parrot cage. Be careful where you place those perches; if those long Conure tails rub against the bars the tail feathers will become very ragged.

Give your Conure lots of toys, it will use them with gusto. They like toys they can destroy, but make sure there are no small parts they can swallow or openings where they could catch a claw or beak. Your Conure will also appreciate a large play stand, again, equipped with lots of toys.

Cage size should be:

Approximately: 24″ W x 24″ H x 24″ D

Bar spacing: 5/8″ to 3/4″

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