Wild Orange fronted conure...not eating seeds

How do I get my newly adopted wild orange fronted conure to eat bird seed? All he wants to eat is fruit. I've noticed his feces is runny. I found this bird unable to fly and missing one leg that has been healed. I live in Guanacaste, Costa Rica so this is their habitat. I've also been looking for natural foods that they would eat in the wild...do you have any suggestions on what types they do eat??

Thank you

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Mar 30, 2010
by: Haley

I Have just rescued 4 little wild orange fronted conure, i also live in Guanecaste, costa rica, and iv been feeding mine Mangos, watermelon and canalope! they love cantalop! there are many wild orange fronted conures aroun in my area, and they always come to my mango tree.....so soon when they can fly. i hope they can fly away with them!

Jan 19, 2010
Wild Conure
by: The Avian Vet

The seeds you find for sale in pet stores marketed to feed to parrots are not the seeds or foods your bird would have found in the wild, so he does not recognize this as food. Even if he did, this would not be a good diet for him. Seeds are deficient in over 30 different nutrients and is not a complete and balanced diet.

It is not going to be feasible for you to go out and find the foods your bird eats; first, we don?t know what that is. We assume it is nuts, fruits, and maybe some bugs, but I am sure there are many other things, too. The only way to know for sure what they eat is to follow a flock of wild birds and observe them.

His droppings are loose because he is eating only fruits. However, it does warrant a trip to a veterinarian to be sure there is nothing seriously wrong with your bird.

The best food to feed is a pellet diet. I have attached a document to explain how to switch your bird. This method can be sued to switch to any new food.

Good luck with your new bird and let me know if you have any further questions.

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Dr B

Jan 18, 2010
by: Anonymous

Funny,. I thought this was a place to get helpful advise! No, I did NOT trap him...he was found on the ground not able to fly. If I left him there the dogs from the property would have killed him. I was asking advise on how to get him to eat other things and reaching out to another location because there isn't the care for animals down here like up in N. America. There is a vet that comes into town once a month...That's not until the 14th of Febuary. If I wait for the vet...the bird could be dead. Sorry I took advantage of this site!

Editor's note: You did NOT take advantage of this site. Linda was not accusing you or attacking you, just sharing her opinion.

Jan 18, 2010
Wild Orange fronted conure...not eating seeds
by: Linda

I believe you wrote in earlier, and were told to take your bird to an Avian Vet to have him checked for infections both bacterial and viral.

Your bird is native to YOUR area, so I suggest you find out what they eat in the wild. First, you must take him to an Avian Vet to be checked because he sounds sick and if he is sick, he will not accept ANY food you offer him.

You took in this bird or you trapped him and took him in. Either way, he is now your responsiblity to take care of.

Captive parrots need to be eating an organic high quality pelleted diet, and there are several kinds carried out here.

Thanks for writing,

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