Jenday conures might not be as popular as the sun conures, but they don’t lack in charism at all.
Quite the more laidback sort among the conures, they still come across as very inviting to affection and interaction from their owners.
The species’ binomial nomenclature is aratinga jandaya.
Green, orange, and yellow (or a mix of them!) — Jenday conure is a strikingly beautiful bird that doubles up as the perfect pet bird for any house.
The Jenday conure is a small-sized bird and lives for up to 20 years (and if properly taken care of, even more). It is a vocally communicative breed.
Like many other conures, the Jenday conure is also highly social most of the time. Some mutations or Jendays from some regions are less social than others, which is perfectly normal because they’re very interactive nevertheless.
You might ask – what’s the difference between a Jenday conure and a sun conure? Well, not much to be honest. The colors on the head, body, and wings are different, and so are the markings. But everything else is pretty much comparable. The noise level, personality, behavior, intelligence, and the capability to learn and do tricks – you name the quality, they both are at pretty much the same level. Nevertheless, individual birds can have different traits, that goes without saying.
So, even though the Jenday conure is below the sun conure when it comes to overall popularity with bird-lovers, pet owners, and aviculturists, it is equally charming and sweet to own.
All conures are very attractive, amiable, charismatic, intelligent, and affectionate towards their owners. The same goes for Jenday conures. Other conures besides the Jenday and sun conures include the blue-crowned conure and the green-cheeked conure.
Jendays mostly hail from the woodlands of Brazil.
Your Jenday conure expects a particular level of interaction with them. And it’s your responsibility to ensure they get that. They can return the attention with true affection for years.
Jendays need a lot of time out of the cage. If not, they can grow erratic or even depressed. A Jenday conure can be paired for friendship with any other conure, in case you don’t have a Jenday conure partner for yours. However, don’t let them breed.
If a Jenday isn’t caged properly, then problems can escalate. Self-mutilation and grumpiness can increase in a small cage. Many medium-sized birds are okay with cages less than 36 inches long, but not these. Conures are also more energetic and less lethargic than other types of pet birds, therefore confinement in inadequate space poses further complications.
Another thing, the Jenday conure is a bird that loves to chew. Wooden toys, branches, bird toys, etc. are very important. You might also want to invest in toys that cannot be broken or damaged, as those will provide a long-lasting hobby for your pet conure. Make sure these toys are made from safe materials, acrylic for example.
Given how active the Jenday conure is, it’s usually a good idea to put perches of different shapes and sizes as well as many play stands, hanging ropes, fixed toys, a swing, etc.
As for feeding your Jenday conure, you won’t face much trouble there. Conures are not picky when it comes to eating. Especially if they’ve tasted a lot of different food since their childhood. Still, you want to invest mostly in seeds, pellets, and fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. It will keep them fit quite effortlessly.
Behavior and nature
Conures are very active with bird toys. Make sure your Jenday conure also has plenty of toys that can be broken down and chewed on. It gives them a lot of pleasure and also helps them spend their time.
Jenday conure is a playful, energetic, and cuddle-friendly pet bird. They bond quickly and are intelligent enough to learn a trick or two.
Don’t consider a Jenday conure to be very talkative but they will be affectionate nevertheless.
One of the best things about a Jenday conure is that it won’t become nippy. Add cuddle-friendliness into the mix and you have a pet bird that you can give a shoulder ride day through the night. Conures that are not hand-fed might become nippy sometimes, so always check with your breeder for the same.
Conures love to be noisy and they make sounds consistently.
If you have sound-sensitive family members, it might be a problem. Neighbors won’t be disturbed, however. The Jenday conure is not too loud but persistent noise can still be a problem.
Jenday conures are not very good for situations where you live with neighbors separated by just a wall. This can easily translate into a situation where the neighbors might feel irritated, especially if they don’t like bird sounds for long hours. Check with your breeder about what level of noise you can expect.
So, if you’re not home for hours, make sure there’s someone to take care of your conure. Essentially, you need to make sure that someone feeds them, plays with them, and takes them out so that the noise is turned down a notch.
From around $300 to $600, you can get a great Jenday conure pet for yourself in most parts.
However, prices often rise up until $800 for certain mutations.
On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve also seen local breeders sell Jenday conures (among other conures) from as low as $300. In $400, you can get a perfect hand-fed baby conure that’s weaned and very friendly with people, perhaps with a remarkable marking or spot too!
It all depends on the region, breeder, and the bird’s individual traits