The Finsch’s Conure (Aratinga finschi) is also known as the Crimson-fronted Parakeet or Finsch’s Parakeet.
This small, mostly green Aratinga conure is endemic to tropical Central America from Southern Nicaragua, Costa Rica to Western Panama. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.
Finsch’s Conures are quite common in its natural habitat and in captivity.
The Finsch’s Conure makes a great pet for the average household. Provided they are well-socialized, they are trusting and affectionate. They are easily trained to do tricks and most are capable of learning to talk. They are said to be people-oriented, cuddly, clowny and very sweet.
On the down side, Finsch’s Conures can also be very noisy and may not be the right pet for those who are sensitive to noise.
Conures as Pets (Suitability, Personality, Pros and Cons, Care Requirements)
Usually, Finsch’s Conures grow to about 11 or 12 inches in length.
They are predominantly green with red forehead, forecrowns and lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head).
The tiny red triangle squarely on the front of its head can cause this species to be confused with the Red-fronted Conure. However, the Red-fronted Conure is noticeably larger at 14 to 15 inches.
The Finsch’s Conures’ wings and outer wing-coverts are also red.
Finsch’s Conures have yellowish tails and and flight feathers. The lower breast and abdomen are sporting a bright yellowish green color.
Finsch’s Conures have white periopthalmic rings and their irises are a dark red-orange color. Their feet can be gray or flesh colored.
Some Finsch’s Conures have isolated bright red feathers scattered over their bodies. Adult coloration is usually acquired by one to two years of age.
The underwing coloration is identical with that of the White-eyed Conure, which can create further confusion in juvenile birds.
Juveniles are hard to identify as they have no red feather coloration at all. They acquire their red headed adult coloration at about one to two years of age. Also, immature Finsch’s Conures have darker irises than adults.
Breeding / Reproduction
It is quite easy to breed Finsch’s Conure and they make prolific breeders and are great parents. A good-size nesting box would be about 10 x 10 x 24 inches deep.
The hen typically produces a clutch of three or four eggs, which the hen incubates for about 24 days. The young fledge when they are about about 50 days old. When hand rearing Finsch’s Conures, offer biscuit and dry, crisp bread.