Most Common Aratingas Kept as Pets
The Sun Conure, Jenday Conures, Blue-crowned Conures, Dusky-headed Conures, Finsch’s Conures, Mitred Conures, Peach-fronted and Red-fronted Conures are among the Aratinga conures most commonly kept as pets.
They can live up to 30 years – provided they are properly cared for. However, the average lifespan is 15 – 20 years – as people learn more about bird nutrition, hopefully this will extend their natural lifespan..
Personality / Pet Potential
Aratinga conures are known for their persistant loud calls as much as for their fun-loving, playful and cheerful personalities. Most can learn to talk – indeed some of them turn into very skilled talkers. They are generally not the cuddliest of conures, but they are generally affectionate bird and enjoy a lot of attention. Like other parrots, Aratinga Conures are not content to be locked away in a cage as these social creatures like company – either a human or another bird. This species can cohabitate quite peacefully with other Aratinga conure species and get along well. If the bird is kept singly, the owners should understand that this conure needs daily interaction.
In general terms, conures are clowny birds. We love them for their great sense of humor and fun-loving personality. With a little training, they usually can easily be trained to do tricks. Conures love to snuggle under things, so providing them with a tightly woven wash cloth, soft piece of fabric, or fuzzy toy will be appreciated. A bird tent as a place to sleep and hand out is usually eagerly accepted and treasured. As they like to climb under pillows and blankets, care needs to be taken not to accidentally smother them.
|Chart provided by Dr. Rob Marshall – http://www.birdhealth.com.au)|
|Size: 30cm in length|
|Pet Status: Excellent|
|Talking Ability: Moderate|
|Noise Level: High (Loud, high pitched voice)|
|Lifespan: 15-20 years|
|Breeding Ability: Good|
|Number of Eggs: 3 eggs|
|Incubation: 24-28 days|
|Compatibility with other species: Excellent|
|Feeding: Seed and Fruit Eaters|
|Sexing: Surgical or DNA sexing is required.|
They make great birds for those who don’t mind the occasional (or NOT so occasional) screeching outburst. This is something to be considered when thinking of adding a conure to your family. Conures can be VERY noisy and can also be nippy, if not trained and socialized properly. They do enjoy learning new tricks and can be very entertaining. They love to dance and can also be taught to go the toilet with a simple command such as “toilet” or “poop”.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
Conures as Pets (Suitability, Personality, Pros and Cons, Care Requirements)
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