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Conures

Feral Conures

 

Aratinga 

Sun Conure
(Aratinga solstitialis)

The intense coloration of sunshine yellow, orange, green and blue make the Sun Conure one of the most popular birds. A stocky bird about 13 inches from beak to tip of tail with a call that has been termed as boisterous. They are not as loud as a Nanday Conure but they don't talk as well either.

A hand raised Sunnie can be one of the most devoted and affectionate pets. However at breeding time they will leave you for a mate of their own species. One of the most prolific of the Aratinga Conure group they are capable of producing many clutches in one season which can not be pinned down to a specific month. I have had some begin in January and go right on through to December producing babies two to five at a time.

They are easy to raise but in the past few years they have become available in large quantities and thereby the supply is far greater than the demand. Here at Hideaway Farms we pride ourselves in producing for sale unrelated pairs that will produce for many years as well as the cute and clownish pet. The Sunnie can breed as early as two years but a lot of those who breed that young have a first clutch that is infertile. Parent raised or hand raised I have found no difference in their ability to breed and produce. 
For more detailed information on this species visit the Lexicon of Parrots

Golden Conure / Queen of Bavaria Conure
(Guaruba guarouba)

The Golden Conure (Guaruba guarouba), recently re-named from Aratinga guarouba is also known as the Queen of Bavaria's Conure. It  is the one challenge in my breeding program. This bird is not the easiest to breed but is the best to own. Their temperament is wonderful. Their call is unique. Their coloration can only be compared to a bright sunny day! The Golden conure is  medium sized parrot with substance that
compares in size to an Amazon. It originates from Brazil where its native home is endangered
because of extensive deforestation. Not many studies have been done on
this species as to how it lives in the wild.

Jenday Conure
(Aratinga solstitialis jandaya)

A close relative of the Sun Conure, the Jenday has much the same playful, energetic, outgoing personality and can also make a delightful pet. The Jenday has a somewhat quieter natural call but they are also capable of learning several words and phrases.

Jendays are just slightly larger than the Suns with yellow heads, green wings, and vibrant red-orange color on their chest and around the eyes and cere. As juveniles, their coloring is similar to young Sun Conures.

As breeders they can be a bit less prolific than the Sun Conure but are certainly well worth the effort. Breeding requirements are much the same as the Sun's. For more detailed information visit the Lexicon of Parrots

Dusky-headed Conure
(Aratinga Eupsittula weddellii)

Dusky-headed Conure - Often overlooked because they are not as colorful, the Dusky-headed Conure makes a wonderful, affectionate pet. They are consistently calmer in personality and much quieter than their more colorful cousins. Also capable of speaking, their natural call is not as shrill or ear piercing as many of the other Aratinga Conures.

Duskies are chunky little birds, aprroximately eleven inches long with green bodies and bluish- gray heads. What they lack in color they make up with some of the best pet qualities of any conure. The blue mutation Dusky-headed Conure pictured here is in the collection of Howard Voren, a pioneer of breeding many rare and beautiful mutations.

Breeding requirements are much the same as other smaller Aratinga species. For more detailed information visit the Lexicon of Parrots

White-eyed Conure
(Aratinga Psittacara leucophthalmus

Not as popular as some of the more colorful conures, the White- eye can become a sweet, loving and talkative pet. They are seldom destructive and are generally not screamers, often choosing to mimic speech instead.

There are two recognized sub-species in addition to the nominate group. The White-eye Conure is an overall green bird approximately 12½" tall with red on the shoulders with some random flecks of red on the head and neck. The ventral coverts and minor ventral wing coverts are red. The major ventral wing coverts are yellow. A prominent white eye ring gives this species its name.

Although many breeders ignore this species, those that do breed them appreciate their good parenting skills. Breeding requirements for White-eye Conures are much the same as for other conure species.

They will usually start to go to nest in March or April but, sometimes will breed throughout the year and having four clutches to six clutches. The clutch size is usually four eggs. Chicks will sometimes start to talk by the time they are weaned and generally will talk by six months of age.

White-eyed conures are sometimes confused with Finsch's Conures because both have the red and yellow epaulets under their wings. The White-eye Conures lack the red triangle on the forehead as adults.

Our photos of import Red mask and Mitred conures.

 

 

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