Common name: Patagonian Conure
Latin name: Cyanoliseus patagonus
Length: 45cms/18 inches
Weight: 256 – 281 grams
Life Span: 20 – 30 years
Origin: South-central Argentina, Chile and Uruguay
Noise Level: Very noisy
These birds are quite intelligent, and can become fairly good talkers. However they do have a harsh voice and can get rather loud. This along with being very sociable makes them an ideal aviary bird.
They are very social and love companionship, their natural behaviour is to live in very large groups and to nest closely to one another. They make a very fine and affectionate pet.
These conures are usually “above fair” when compared to other conures, but they still don’t have the reputation like the Half-moon or Blue-Crown conures. They certainly can learn a couple or a few words/phrases.
Feather picking and susceptibility to the usual psittacine diseases can become health concerns with the Patagonian conure.
Housing for your Patagonian Conure
- Conures love roomy cages! A cage best suited for a conure must be large enough that the tail does not touch the bottom, and the bird has enough room for unrestricted movements.
- A minimum size of 44″x26″x40″ (120 x 65 x 100 cm) is recommended This will provide room for both horizontal exercise and vertical climbing.
- We recommend providing two perches, sized between 3/4″ to 1″ (2 – 2.5 cm). Place one up high for roosting and one low by the food, water, and gravel dishes. Natural perches from willow, poplar and fruit trees are good for the bird’s feet and for it’s beak. The gnawing it will do on the perches will also alleviate your pet’s boredom.
- Place the cage where it will be away from harmful fumes and drafts. To provide you pet with a sense of security, it is recommended that you cover the cage at night.
Feeding your Patagonian Conure
- A conure’s diet consisting of a good small parrot mix which is supplemented with various fruits, green foods, millet spray, and occasionally some meal worms is generally regarded as suitable.
- There are pros and cons to feeding only a formulated diet as well as feeding only a seed diet.
Supplements for your Patagonian Conure
- Supplemental foods include apples, grapes, many garden vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, carrots, corn on the cob, peas, and sweet potatoes.
- A cuttlebone, or gravel can be provided in a separate dish.
- Additional proteins can be offered such as cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, and raw peanuts.
- Vitamins can be added, either to the drinking water or the food.
PS patagonian means “big feet” in Spanish.
Common name: Blue Throated Conure
Latin name: Pyrrhura cruentata
Length: 30cm/11.8 inches
Weight: 90 grams
Life Span: 15 – 25 years
Origin: E Brazil, from southern Bahia south to Rio de Janeiro.
Noise Level: Low
Blue Throated Conures are highly intelligent birds.
Words cannot even describe how smart these little birds are. They love playing and being held by their owners and are so open and willing to learn tricks and even how to talk. Though they have a cute squeaky voice, it is amazing how fast a Blue Throated Conure bird can be taught to speak. They truly enjoy performing their newly acquired tricks for their owners as long as you praise them with a treat every time they correctly perform a trick. Spending about 15 minutes a day with your Blue Throated Conure teaching them words and tricks will surely make your Blue Throated Conure a happy bird.
Blue Throated Conures are capable of talking although probably only a few loud whispers. They tend to mimic a woman’s voice easiest as the pitch is higher than a man’s.
Blue Throated Conures are not normally prone to feather plucking however a good balanced diet plus loads of attention plus stimulation will ensure that they do not become bored and thus less likely to pluck rather than the usual grooming.
Housing for your Blue Throated Conure Parrot
- A cage large enough for the bird to exercise its wings should be provided, but your Blue Throated Conure will expect to be out of its cage a lot of the time! As a suggestion the cage should be a minimum of an 18x18x2.
- Perches should be of natural wood i.e. willow or apple, if possible, as this keeps the feet and claws healthy. A small dish (large ash-tray) of water should be offered DAILY for the bird to bathe in as they do LOVE water.
- Provide a good selection of appropriate toys – the right size and checked for safety concerns (parts that could be swallowed, strangulation or entrapment hazards). Plan on having your Blue Throated Conure spend a significant amount of time on the outside of his or her cage daily.
Feeding your Blue Throated Conure Parrot
- Feed good quality parrot mix (with dried fruit included), supplemented with extra peanuts, pine nuts, peppers and; but note of caution is that hemp is very fattening and should only be given in small quantities.
- Fresh fruit should be offered daily, grapes, apple, orange, pear, pomegranate and banana are readily taken, but most birds have their preferences. Fresh green food, e.g. Lettuce and celery are all beneficial for them.
- Also, as a treat, offer millet sprays, various nuts including walnut, almond, brazil, pecan etc. (shells removed). Cuttlefish, mineral block, grit and shell are beneficial to them too. Give fresh drinking water daily. Cubed carrot and sweet corn (fresh or tinned, unsalted – drained) should be offered regularly as a source of vitamin A which they need. As a general tonic, a little Nutrobal or Avimix sprinkled on their fruit twice a week is beneficial.