If you're looking for a little bird with a big personality, you're going to love these guys. Here is everything you need to know about conures.
Originating in southern Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean Islands, conures are a medium-sized breed of parrot. But don't let their small size fool you; conures are active birds that need lots of socialization and human interaction.
Although they are on the smaller side when it comes to parrot species, conures have big personalities. Known to be friendly and clownish, these birds love spending outside of their cage where they can be around their humans. When properly socialized, they form close bonds with everyone in their "flock." This flock often extends to anyone living under the same roof as them.
While they love vocalizing, they do not have the biggest capacity for speech. On average, conures are able to learn between five and ten words. This doesn't mean they aren't smart, though. Conures are able to learn a wide variety of tricks, such as waving, turning around, and shaking hands. Their high intelligence also means that they need access to additional toys they can play with or they can become bored.
Overall, conures make great pets for families with bird experience or those who are up to the challenge of a more high maintenance pet. For first-time bird owners, the green-cheeked conures are best due to their quieter level of noise and the fact that they are less likely to chew or gnaw. Aside from the green-cheeked conures, most conures are best suited to detached homes due to their loud vocalizations.
Conures can have a lifespan of anywhere between 20 and 40 years of age or older, depending on the breed.
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Between the different species of conures, there is a moderate span of size and weight. Fully grown, conures can reach a length of 9 inches to 21 inches with a weight of between 55 grams and 390 grams.
Within the conure species there is a wide variety of feather colors, but they are often monochromatic, ranging between mainly green and mainly yellow.
Conures are friendly, clownish birds that form close bonds with their whole “flock” as opposed to a single person. While they love vocalizing, they do not have the capacity for speech that other parrot species have.
Conures are susceptible to a few diseases, including Aspergillosis and Erythremic myelosis.
Aspergillosis, a fungal infection caused by molds, is often the result of poor cage hygiene or food storage. Conures with Aspergillosis display labored breathing and rasping. It can be avoided by maintaining a high level of cage hygiene, but can be cured with antibiotics if contracted.
Triggered by calcium deficiencies and a lack of vitamin K and other nutrients can trigger erythremic myelosis. Erythremic myelosis is characterized by nosebleeds, breathing difficulties, severe weakness, an intermittent increase in urination, and diarrhea. The administration of calcium can prolong the conure’s life and stabilize their condition.