Conures are small to medium sized parrots that serve as loving and exquisite household pets. There are several Conure breeds. They are known to be social and intelligent birds that are usually kept as pets due to their humorous nature, loving personalities, striking colors and the ability to pick up various tricks.
Conures are mostly found in the Western Hemisphere and in the wild they usually live in flocks and not alone. They need interaction and time from their owners to thrive happily and their maintenance is not so simple. Only 50% of the Conure species are available as pets.
Conures are mid-sized; averaging up to 18 inches in size. They are normally green with different colored spots on their wings and tails feathers. Most distinguishable aspect of is that they have no feathers around their eyes but colored ‘eye rings’. Their tails are long, nails are dangerously long and thin nails while their beaks are uniquely hooked which they use for climbing, digging, eating and preening their feathers; giving them the name Hookbills.
Physical aspects such as color and size vary from Conure breed to breed.
Conures Sub Breeds
- Green-Cheeked Conure
The Green-Cheeked Conure (Pyrrhura Molinae) averages 10 inches in length. In appearance this Conure differs from a typical Conure because it has a grey head and neck with a green body along with green and blue feathers. These species of Conures are very energetic and playful however they are very quiet and most don’t talk. If a person prefers a quiet yet lovable house guest with lots of energy; then Green-Cheeked Conures are the right pet.
- Nanday Conure
The Nanday Conure (Nandayus Nenday) averages up to 12 inches in length. Their distinctive feature is their black head and red feathered legs. They are loud and good talkers. If owners favor a talkative fellow to light up the house, then Nanday Conures can provide great company.
- Sun Conure
Sun’s are the most beautifully colored Conures. They have greenish blue tail and flight feathers, with orange abdomen and eye rings while the rest of the body is yellow. They love to play and chew and can slightly pick up words to speak, they have a very high-pitched voice.
- Jandaya Conure
Jandaya’s look a lot like Sun Conures except their wings and back feathers are dark green instead of yellow. The Jandaya Conure is a combination of the Green Cheeked and Nanday Conure with orangish-red legs. These are large parrots that are entertaining and make great pets. They learn tricks and only talk if trained daily, they are playful and pretty loud, plus they love to chew on toys.
Conures can live up to 25-30 years of age but the average lifespan has been calculated to be around 10-15 years. Lifespan greatly depends on the type of care and nutrition they are provided. Birds in captivity do not get much exercise thus fats and cholesterol needs to be limited in diet for an increased lifespan.