The conure group of parrots consist of a large group of subspecies such as the Aratinga, Pyrrhura, Nanday, Golden Conure, Patagonian, Enicognathus, Golden-Plumed Conure, Yellow-Eared Conure, Gold-Capped Conure and the extinct Carolina Parakeet.
There is a number of subspecies in both the Aratinga, and Pyrrhura families.
Conure parrots are small to medium sized parrots that range in size from 9 inches to 19 inches.
They have tapered tails with some types having long tails and others short tails and depending on the species they have a life span of 15 to 35 years.
Most are from Central and South America but some conure species can be found in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Conure Birds As PetsConures can learn to talk but the words are unclear and most can be quite loud.
They are known for having sweet dispositions and their playfulness. Being social and active they are usually easy to train.
Some conures will bond with one person and be quite defensive, while others make good family pet parrots and will get along well with children and other pets.
As with all parrots an all seed diet is not healthy. Seeds are too high in fat content.
You should feed your parrot a diet of mostly pellets with some fruits and vegetables. You should feed it some seeds, but keep them to a minimum.
Conures are active and playful parrots that need time out of their cages to roam around and play.
In addition they need a variety of different toys to keep them occupied. It's best to rotate the toys to give your bird new and interesting objects to take apart or chew on.
Because of their inquisitive nature and their tendency to chew on everything you should never leave your parrot out of it's cage without supervision.
If you do it can get itself into serious trouble with cords, plants, poisons and other household hazards.
These parrots crave affection and should be given daily attention.
The cage needs to be large enough for your Conure to move around in without damaging it's tail feathers.
There also needs to be room for all the perches, toys and dishes.
You should have perches of various sizes in the cage and you need to keep them far enough away from the bars to prevent it from damaging it's tail feathers.
When shopping for a cage be aware that some galvanized or painted cages could contain material that is poisonous.
Line the bottom of the cage with newspaper or paper towel rather than bedding material which can develop bacteria.
With their playfulness, intelligence and affectionate nature conure birds make good pet parrots for anyone that doesn't mind the occasional round of loud screaming.
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