Conures are intelligent parrots and lots of fun.
See pictures and read stories written by owners of conures and learn how avoid problem behaviors.
You may have been wondering why we named our site Parrot and Conure World when conures ARE parrots? That’s because there are parrots and then there are conure parrots!
I guess there is no hiding that conure parrots are my favorite. They are such entertaining clowns and there are so many different pretty colors and personalities to choose from, you may want one of each.
Just remember that the information here is general information. The personality and temperament of each bird depends on how the breeder cared for it, and how the owners have cared for it.
Conures are always on the go. You can find them hanging with one foot on one toy while the other foot is on another toy while attacking yet another toy. Ours loved the “shepherds hook” that we hung toys from on top the cage. He would climb to the top, slide down fireman style yelling “Weeeeeeee” and then climb back up and start over.
Some will lie on their backs in your lap and let you pet and preen them, or fall asleep in the crook of your arm. Ours would pick different people for different things. He let my daughter lay him on his back, let me preen his feathers on his head but would only let my husband give him treats.
Below is a list of the different conure species. As members send me their stories and pictures, I will make the species listed below links. That way you can learn more about them from those who know first hand.
If you own one or more of the species, please click the button on your left "Submit Bird Stories" and share your stories and pictures. Help others make informed decisions about adopting a companion parrot.
Different Conure Species
Aratinga Conures “little macaws”
|Blue Crowned Conure
||Brown Throated Conure
||Cherry Headed Conure
||Golden Capped Conure
||Half Moon Conure
||Sunday Conure Hybrid
|Green Cheeked Conure
||Maroon Bellied Conure
||Yellow Sided Green Cheeked Conure (at 6 mos)
|Crimson Bellied Conure
Pyrrhura Conures are popular not only for their beauty, but because they are not as loud or as noisy as the Aratingas as a rule. They are also smaller and less destructive.
They are equals to the Aratinga Conures when it comes to personality! They love to hang upside down to play with their toys. They also are known to play and sleep on their backs, which scares some owners the first time they see this.
Some of the more common of the Pyrrhura Conure species are the Black-cap, Blue-throat, Crimson-bellied, Green-cheek, Maroon-bellied, Painted, and the White-eared.
All birds make noise. Some make noise more often than others and some can be very loud.
Our Blue-crown Conure would only screech to greet the sun, greet us when we came through the front door and when it was time for bed. But, it also talked and imitated noises all day long at a very loud decibel.
It is highly recommended that you spend some time with an adult Aratinga Conure before you adopt one. If you can live with the very loud screeching that they are prone to do, then you will love watching, playing and cuddling with one.
Pyrrhura Conures are not as loud, but they still make noise. You probably won’t have to hold your hands over your ears.
It is still recommended that you spend some time with an adult version of the species you plan to adopt. What isn’t noisy or loud to one person will be to the next.
There is never a guarantee that a bird will learn to talk, but most Conures do speak. Our Blue-crown Conure would talk all day and often speak in context. Green Cheeked Conures can learn to speak, but they are hard to understand.
Some conures are cuddlier than others. Just like children, some like to cuddle and some don’t. Spend time with your potential baby bird if cuddling is important to you.
If you are considering getting an older conure, then you will have to take your chances unless it goes to just about anyone already. Birds will often pick a favorite person or two. The more time and patience you have, the better your chances at having a cuddly relationship with the bird.
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Known Behavior Problems
A hand-fed Conure that is gently trained and given loving attention by the owner will likely be a well-behaved companion parrot.
Conures are stubborn and very strong willed. You must be sweetly firm while training these characters. They have a tendency to nip those they love and bite hard those they don’t trust or who are not sensitive to their mood.
Our Conures will warn us by “beaking” us (putting their beak on us without biting down) before they will bite us. So if you concern yourself with their wants instead of your own, you will avoid developing a negative relationship.
A bird that is not fed properly and does not get enough sleep will have behavior problems. Make sure your Conure gets 11 to 14 hours of sleep in a quiet dark room, along with a healthy diet.
Boredom is another reason for a screeching bird. Provide plenty of toys and spend quality time with your bird. Find out what kind of toys your Conure prefers. Some like wood they can turn into splinters and others like bells and shredding material. Some like everything.
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Our Conure would spend hours unscrewing everything he could find on the cage. He would unscrew the links the toys were hanging from and then lift the link with the toy still attached and let it fall to the bottom of the cage. Of course he had me trained to come and put everything back up so he could do it again. They are very clever birds.
As with all other parrot species, conures should only be fed pellets for 80% of their diet. We like the Totally Organics Pellets because they are 100% organic and don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also like Harrison's Organic Pellets.
I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk. Who knows what may have been sprayed on all that stuff?
Switching Birds To Pellets article
You should add some seed blend along with vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!
CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).
No matter what the manufacturer of pellets say, most experienced parrot breeders and owners will tell you that parrots on an all pellet diet are not as healthy as those that get a variety of healthy foods.
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When fresh fruits and vegetables are not possible, dehydrated fruits and vegetables are great! Many birds love to crunch on dried fruits and veggies.
The best thing about them is that they don't spoil, so you can leave them in the cage for hours or even days. This is handy when you are trying to get them to accept fruits and veggies.
When you are going to be home with them, you can moisten them with warm water to provide fresh-like fruits and veggies. Boy does this come in handy when you are traveling or on an outing!
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We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.
Also, invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.
If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.
Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)
Parrot Bird Cage Requirements
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Because Conures are so active and playful, they need a roomy cage. The larger the better, to hold all the toys they need to burn off all their energy.
They need lots and lots of toys for parrots and they need to be rotated out so they don’t get bored.
A large cockatiel cage will do for a small conure, but I feel you should have a minimum of an 18x18x24 for a larger conure and that is if it will have plenty of "out" time. If they are going to be home alone all day consider a larger cage, they need enough room for a variety of parrot toys and room to swing and play between them. A 24x22x29 or larger cage would be great.
Consider getting a cage with a playpen on top for your conure to play on when you are home. The more room they have the happier they will be.
Some will argue with me and say that they should be in a small cage so that they will be happy to get out and play with you. We have not found that to be an issue with our birds.
If your family becomes its flock, because you are spending quality time with it, the bird will want to come out and be with you. A large cage will not change his love for you in my opinion.
Cages for Vet Visits and Outings
You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Conure in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.
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Conure Stories Written By Their Owners
Below is a list of Conure pictures and some have short informational stories about conures written by their owners. Just put your mouse pointer over the picture to see who's page you are going to, and the click it. You will want to read all of them! Have fun.
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