Conure Parrots
What should you expect from your Conure parrot?

Conures are usually gregarious, playful, animated birds that enjoy and seek attention. Some Conures may be considered short-tempered, and their noise level can be irritating. The less common Dusky and Green-Cheeked Conures are somewhat quieter than the more familiar Jenday, Sun, Mitred or Half-moon Conures. Conures generally have a cavalier attitude about investigating anything new in their environment; thus, they often suffer from injuries. These birds are generally poor talkers, but they can be very vocal in the early morning and late afternoon.

What do Conure parrots do all day?

Conures are playful and easily amused with simple toys. They often lay on their backs and chew at their toys or may play hide and seek with a towel or brown bag in their enclosure. Because they love to chew, any toys must be free of toxic metals, hooks, sharp objects or small, easily consumed components. Providing chew toys or fresh cut branches from nontoxic, pesticide-free trees is recommended for Conures. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations on locally available safe trees. Conures are very curious and will investigate anything new in their environment.

Are Conure parrots tame?

Young, hand-raised Conures adapt readily to new surroundings and handling procedures. They should be exposed early in life to novel situations (car travel, veterinarian visits, multiple visitors in the household, other household pets) so that they are well adjusted to these events. Discipline, leadership, patience, hooding (covering the head), a sense of ritual and the offering of rewards are necessary to modify the behavior of Conures. Even then, they are not completely trustworthy and may bite when they are angry or don't get their way.

Why should the wings be clipped?

Conures that are allowed unrestricted freedom in the home can encounter numerous physical dangers or toxins; therefore, wing clipping is recommended. The goal of clipping the wings is not to make the bird incapable of flight, but to prevent it from developing rapid and sustained flight and to prevent escape. Maintenance trimming is required eight to twelve weeks after the start of a molt cycle.

How can you keep your Conure parrot healthy, happy and safe?
  • Give lots of attention.
  • Feed a fresh, high quality, toxin-free pelleted diet with daily supplementation of chopped vegetables and fruit.
  • Do not feed grit, as it is not necessary with modern captive diets.
  • Provide clean, fresh, uncontaminated water.
  • Remove and replace food and water containers twice daily to maximize activity in a healthy bird.
  • Provide an occasional opportunity for bath, shower, or misting (at least weekly).
  • Avoid spraying house with insecticides.

Housing for your Conure parrot should:
  • Be as large as possible.
  • Be clean, secure, safe, and easy to service.
  • Be constructed of durable, nontoxic material.
  • Contain variable sized perches made of clean, nontoxic, pesticide-free tree branches.
  • Have food and water containers placed at opposite ends of the enclosure.
  • Avoid having perches located directly over food containers.
  • Offer occasional opportunity for protected outdoor exposure to fresh air, sunlight, and exercise.

Things you must keep away from your Conure parrot:
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hot cooking oil
  • Teflon coated items
  • Leg chains
  • Sandpaper-covered perches
  • Tobacco and cigarette smoke
  • Chocolate, avocado, salt, alcohol
  • Toxic houseplants
  • Toxic fumes
  • Easily dismantled toys
  • Dogs, cats, and young children
  • Cedar, redwood, and pressure treated wood shavings
  • Sources of lead or zinc

For more information visit: Association of Avian Veterinarians, Good Bird, Inc.