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Scientific Name: Aratinga erythrogenys
Distribution: Western Ecuador and Peru

Description
       Weight: 100-180 gm
       Size: Approximately 13 inches in length.
       Distinct Markings: Overall green, lighter green on breast and thighs. Forehead, crown and cheeks bright red. Wings overall green, with red on bend of wing, wing tips dark blue-green. Tail green tipped in blue, underside dull yellow. Eye ring white, beak bone colored, feet are light grey.

Behavior/Aviculture :

Conures are Small to medium sized parrots with long tapered tails. Many are brightly colored while others are predominately green. Their voices are often loud and harsh. The voices or Pyrrhura Conures are not so loud but they are less likely to be tame and personable. Conures are very hardy and adaptable.

Conures are highly active and love to chew. Conures should always be provided with toys, especially wooden blocks which can be chewed, and branches from nontoxic trees. In order to ensure safety companion birds should not be allowed unsupervised freedom in the home as they often encounter toxins or dangerous items. Young birds should be socialized to many people and exposed to a variety of situations such as new cages, toys, visits to the veterinarian, handling by friends and wing and nail clippings to avoid fear of novel situations.

Routine bathing or showering is vital to maintaining good plumage and skin condition. Birds can be misted and allowed to dry in a warm room or in the sun, or dried with a blow drier. Conures are very efficient flyers and require more extensive wing clipping than more heavy bodied birds. Clip only enough so the bird will glide to the floor.

While room for flight is ideal, Conures can be kept and bred in relatively small cages, 2' x 2' x 4'. Two perches should be provided so they can move, preferably fly, between them. Chewing material should be provided.

Life Span: may be up to 25 years, average probably 10-15 years.

Age at maturity: 1-3 years

Diet :

Conures should be fed a formulated (pelleted or extruded diet) as a basis for good nutrition. The diet should be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables daily to add variety and psychological enrichment. Treats maybe given in small amounts especially as rewards for good behavior. Fresh clean water must be provided every day. Conure bleeding syndrome, vitamin K deficiency, may occur on an inadequate diet. Vitamin supplements are not needed for birds which are eating a formulated diet. Pretty Bird Daily Select or Breeder Select diets are well suited for Conures. For Conversion see our brochure on; Converting your seed eating bird to a formulated diet.

 Breeding Information :

Conures typically breed in the spring and summer but some may breed year round. Clutch size is typically 3-6 eggs but may be larger. Vertical nest box, size dependent on size of species.

Conure species show no obvious sexual dimorphism (visual difference between the species) therefore endoscopic examination or laboratory sexing techniques are needed for accurate sex determination.

While room for flight is ideal, Conures can be kept and bred in relatively small cages, 2' x 2' x 4'. Two perches should be provided so they can move, preferably fly, between them. Chewing material should be provided.

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