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Conures

Friday, November 11th, 2011

There are many dif­fer­ent types of conures and the term conure includes mul­ti­ple gen­era. Here are a few of the more pop­u­lar conures kept as pets:

Sun Conure: Aratinga sol­sti­tialis
These birds orig­i­nate from Guyana, south­east­ern Venezuela, and north­east­ern Brazil. They live in open forests, palm groves and savan­nahs. They tend to live in huge flocks on trees with ripen­ing fruit. Any­one who owns a sun conure will agree that they are very loud and can be destruc­tive to wood. They are also beau­ti­ful and vibrant and can form a close bond with their human.

Jen­day Conure: Aranti­nga jen­daya
Orig­i­nated from North­east­ern Brazil and live in for­est clear­ings and among coconut palms. These are also very loud birds that can be destruc­tive. These birds are highly intel­li­gent and very play­ful. They are closely related to and look sim­i­lar to the sun conure.

Nan­day conure: nan­dayus nen­day
Nan­day conures are from south­east­ern Bolivia, south­ern Matto Grosso, Paraguay, and north­ern Argentina. These birds live in savan­nahs, forests, palm groves and agri­cul­tural land. In the wild, they eat food from grain fields,rice fields and fruit plan­ta­tions, sun­flower and corn fields and will some­times live with quaker (monk) par­rots. These conures are also noisy and can be destruc­tive but are again affec­tion­ate and intelligent.

Maroon bel­lied conure: Pyrrhura frontalis
These conures are found in south­east­ern Brazil, Uruguay, Par­guay and north­ern Argentina. They live in forests, organge plan­ta­tions and corn fields. Flocks are usu­ally 10–40 birds.  Maroon bel­lied conures eat plants, blos­soms and insects and lar­vae. These conures tend to be qui­eter in nature then other conures but are still very intel­li­gent and social.

There are many other conures that are beau­ti­ful and fas­ci­nat­ing. Con­sider read­ing about green cheek conures, blue crowned conures, golden conures, crim­son bel­lied conures, blue throated conures, red fronted, His­panolan, Cuban, golden capped, red masked.…the list goes on.

Once again, most facts were pro­vided by the Ency­clo­pe­dia of Para­keets by Kurt Kolar & Karl Heinz Spitzer 1990 and pic­tures were stolen bor­rowed from the world wide web.

Next up: pigeons: beau­ti­ful birds with an amaz­ing his­tory or sky rats and dirty birds, you decide.