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Conure Intelligence and Their Behavior in Captivity

(Last Updated On: 16/04/2017)

Conure Intelligence

Conure’s intelligence might be less compared to their larger counterparts but they are definitely smart. Their rankings are pretty high where “obedience intelligence” is concerned and they are good learners; with training, time and patience, they can be taught even complicated tricks. They can often be trained to talk and are exceptionally good at solving puzzles and simple problems.

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Natural Habitat

Conure breeds can be found commonly in Western Hemisphere in the places of Central and South America. Their natural habitat depends on their species. Different species live in different habitats ranging from rain forests to savannas to semi desert areas. They are known as flock animals, and the flock size can vary from few to 100 depending on the type specie. Conure flocks are not limited to their own species and often mingle with other Conures, Parakeets and Amazon Parrots.

The “Green-Cheeked Conures” are found in west-central and southern Mato Grosso, Brazil, through northern and eastern Bolivia to northwestern Argentina and northern Paraguay. Its home is the forests and woodland area. It can form flocks up to 20 individuals at treetop level, or bigger flocks where there is abundance of food.

The “Sun Conures” originate in Savannah, coastal forest and palm wood environments in a rather undersized area of north-eastern South America. The sighting of this bird in Savannah dessert habitat is what the majority say only as it arranges from single forest habitat to a different.

The “Jenday Conures” are birds found primarily in Northern Brazil.

The home of the “Yellow-Eared Conures” is the high Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador. This species of Conures is profoundly reliant upon the wax palm also known as Ceroxylum Quindiuense for food and nesting. They are not bred in captivity.

Behavioral Characteristics

Conures are very friendly, jolly and fun loving birds that like to spend their lives cheerfully and happily; they are time and again found to be hanging upside down, swaying back and forth, dancing cheerfully, or making happy noises. These birds are called clowns of the avian world because of their restless and curious nature.

They are very active so they should be kept busy by toys and challenging puzzle games. They can be kept happy by satisfying their curious nature by giving them different toys that are replaced weekly. Hiding their favorite food insider toys is an interesting game providing high amounts of excitement and fun. They also love to hide in soft dark spaces such as a bird tent.

If a person wants to keep a single bird, then lot of attention and companionship is needed since Conures are highly social creatures. Single birds are known to be especially keen on interacting with humans and can for instance learn how to say a few words in their peculiar high-pitch voice. Conures that do not receive any stimulation can grow sad and become bored leading to many behavioral problems. Having someone around throughout the day makes them very happy and jubilant.

Conures get a bit grumpy and nippy as they advance in years. As they get older their youthfulness subsidies and they expect perfection and become impatient. They need attention and a lack of it will increase the grumpiness and cause distress. Generally, they fail to live longer lives because of improper care and diet.

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Behavioral Problems

Behavioral problems can very easily occur and the major fault lies in the owner and the type of treatment they give to their bird. Some birds may have a grumpy nature, but with proper handling they can even be full of affection for good, caring owners. Only people who are seriously about keeping pets should keep a Conure.

Behavioral problems include excessive screaming, feather plucking, destroying things, chewing on furniture etc, biting and any other undesirable trait.

Causes for behavioral problems include inadequate food, water or living conditions such as improper size or location that may cause deprivation of sleep leading to a stressed out bird. Owners should acquire knowledge of complete feeding and housing requirements before getting a bird to understand their natural demands.

Generally owners have unrealistic expectations from their pets. Often caretakers who buy parrots on an impulse generally have no idea that these birds are wild by nature even if they are raised in captivity. Wild Conure breeds are not comfortable with the idea of being owned by any one. Conures are boisterous, loud and highly social with an inborn talent for destructing things and making huge messes. Sometimes owners regard chewing as a problem whereas it is natural behavior. On the opposite side some owners do not control their pets at all and allow them to do anything. Training for good habits should be begun at a young age.

To fix behaviors firstly causes should be looked into to diminish the issue that is causing bad behavior. Next most behaviors problems can be diminished by friendly training but more importantly by providing ample amounts of attention to the pet! The less attention they receive the more disturbed they get; toys, games, interaction and making your pet the center of affection will lead to immense happiness for him and better behavior.

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