All About Conures

If you're looking for a little bird with a big personality, you are going to love these guys. We would provide you with everything you need to know about conures.

Conures are small to medium-sized members of the parrot family from South America. They are highly intelligent and good-natured birds. Depending on the species, some can learn to talk, some are considered quiet and others have quite a loud screech. Conures are very colorful and playful.

General Appearance

Conures are recognized for their slender build and long, pointed tail. They are small to medium parrots that range in size according to species. Because of their smaller size (and many other reasons), they make great family pets. These vibrant beauties greatly range in color, with their feathers an assortment of blue, red, green, orange and yellow. Their coloring is often compared to that of a macaw. One distinctive characteristic of most conures is their lack of feathers around the eyes, which is called an (eye ring.)

Average Adult Size

9 to 12 inches, head to the end of the tail, depending on species

Average Life Span

They can leave up to 20 to 40 years with proper care

Care and Feeding

Caring for these social birds requires research and conures can be prone to feather picking, which usually occurs because the birds are bored or neglected. And these birds (especially young birds) should be checked by an avian veterinarian regularly to ensure they're healthy and happy - and that their overall wellness is where it needs to be.

Conures need a wide variety of fresh food including fruits and vegetables. A prescription diet of high-quality pellets can be used to supplement the fruits you're giving this small parrot. In fact, pellets are the ideal diet.

Behavior and Personality

Conures are the life of the party! The typical conure is social, inquisitive, bold and vocal. And they love to have fun! They are active, playful and outgoing, and they love to cuddle. These snuggly babies are all about spending quality time with their families, and they are notorious for wanting to be where the action is. You may just find your conure dancing back and forth, mimicking your movements or climbing in your shirt!

Another factor that makes conures a good family pet is their patience with children. While many bigger birds only want to be touched on the head and neck, conures often tolerate being petted all over the body. With the right amount of socialization and training, they will quickly become a treasured part of the family.

These smart cookies are capable of learning tricks and speaking a few words but their vocabularies aren't as extensive as other parrot species. With training and positive reinforcement, these intelligent birds can learn to step up, shake hands, wave and so much more.

How do I set up my conure’s home

Keep conures in a cage large enough for them to stretch their wings, climb and play.
Your conure’s cage should be 18 x 22 x 24 inches at a minimum. The bigger the cage, the better.
Provide at least 2 perches of different thickness and materials; the variation helps keep bird feet strong and healthy. The perches should also be placed at different heights.
Don’t place perches over food or water dishes, because droppings will make a mess where your pet eats and drinks.
Conures like a small fleece hut hung from the top of their cage. They use it for privacy.
Birds are sensitive to smoke, strong smells, and drafts. Keep the cage away from the kitchen and open windows, and out of direct sunlight.
Cushion the floor of the cage with an inch or 2 of corncob, aspen, wood-pellet or recycled-paper bedding, or use a cage liner. Remove droppings frequently, spot-clean the liner or bedding weekly, and replace it entirely at least once a month.
Cover the cage at night