Conures are small to medium size birds that have loads of personality.
These birds are common house pets and very loyal companions.
There are a variety of conure species, but these birds can grow up to 15 inches or 38 centimeters long, weighing as much as 9 pounds. Some of these birds are mostly green, while others boast several different colors.
One of the reasons that people like conures so much is because they tend to live a long time. These birds have a lifespan that ranges from about 10 to 30 years, depending on the species.
Types of Conures
There are several species of conures that you should learn about before deciding which one to get.
- Sun Conure: These conures are very colorful with their yellow, orange and red feathers. They can weigh up to 12 inches and live as long as 30 years.
- jenday conure: Jendays have a similar coloration to that of the Sun Conure. They have a yellow upper body, green wings, and red belly.
- Nanday Conure: This species has a more subtle appearance with green plumage and a black head. These birds tend to make a lot of noise, so you want to think twice about getting one if you live in an apartment.
- blue crowned conure: The Blue Crowned Conure is known for being extremely playful and friendly. These birds have a blue head (hence the name), and a splash of red underneath their tail.
- Maroon Bellied Conure: This conure can grow up to 10 inches and weigh 85 grams at most. It has blue and green wing feathers with some dark red on the belly.
Conures have a reputation for being fairly noisy birds. They love to stay active and play around a lot. This is why it is so important that you provide these birds with plenty of interaction and play time.
These birds are very curious by nature, and they typically don’t mind being petted, provided you are gentle. The conure makes for a great pet if you have kids. You won’t have to worry about them injuring your children, even if they are very little.
One of the neat things about conures is that they actually pick up on words and phrases from their owners fairly quickly. This is especially true if you have had one of these birds since they were little. Don’t be surprised if you find your conure mimicking you as you go about your day.
Conures tend to be found in tropical and subtropical regions all over the world. They make their home in forests as well as moist lowlands with lots of trees. These birds originally come from South America, which has the largest wild population.
Caring for Conures
These birds thrive on a varied and well-balanced diet of pellets, vegetables, fruits, and insects. You’ll need to make sure that you give these birds specially formulated pellets, which should make up half of their diet.
Approximately forty percent of your conure’s diet should include vegetables like legumes and leafy greens. The occasional fruit and/or insects are okay as treats. Conures love to eat crickets and mealworms.
Make sure that you never feed these birds any avocados or fruits that have pits in them. This could essential poison the bird or cause it to choke.
When you buy a cage for your conure, you’ll need to make sure it can climb around. This means getting a cage with horizontal bars, and maybe some ropes hanging from the top. If these birds get bored, they can get very noisy and even self harm.
These birds need to be in a cage that is at least 18 by 22 by 24 inches. If you are going to keep multiple conures in one cage, it should be double the size.
One thing that you should know about conures is that they like their privacy. It will really appreciate a little place to hide in its cage.
Make sure that your bird has plenty of toys and other things to play with in their enclosure. It’s also a good idea to put in a little piece of fabric for them to play and snuggle with.
3. Common Health Problems
Conures are can develop problems with Proventricular Dilation Disease or PDD, feather disease, fungal infections, and bacterial infections. Regular checkups at the vet will help you to spot any of these things before they become too serious.
Trimming your conure’s wings will help to keep your bird safe. You should rely on your veterinarian to clip its wings, as it can be somewhat tricky.
The average cost of a conure ranges from $150 to $350. The species of the bird is a major factor in how much you are going to pay. Keep in mind that pet stores tend to charge a lot more for these birds than breeders.
- Conures can live anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on the breed.
- These birds have a very friendly and playful overall demeanor.
- If you have small children, most of these birds make really good pet.
- Some conures are very noisy and aren’t very well-suited to apartments.
- At least half of the food that you give your conure should consist of high-quality pellets.
- You can also feed your bird fruits, vegetables, and certain insects.
- These are very social creatures that crave interaction and attention on a daily basis.
- The cage that you keep your conures in should have plenty of toys and things for it to play with and climb on.
- An enclosure for a single conure should be a minimum of 18 by 22 by 24 inches for comfortable living.
- When you need to get your conure’s wings trimmed or clipped, you’ll need to visit a veterinarian with exotic bird experience.
- You could pay as much as $350 for one of these birds, but it all depends on the species.