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Blue Crown Conure - $575

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Blue Conures

Blue Crown Conures (Aratinga acuticaudata) are in the Artinga family of Conures. Other common names are the Sharp Tailed Conure or the Blue Headed Conure. There are 2 other sub-species; Aratinga haemorrhous and Aratinga neumanni.

The natural range of Blue Crown Conures extends to several countries in South America that include: Columbia, eastern and south west Brazil, Venezuela, northern Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. In there native habitat Blue Crown's have been known to allow humans to get quite close. Life expectancy is approximately 30-40 years.

They are one of the larger species of Conures weighing between 150-180 grams. Length from head to tail is appx. 14.5 inches. Coloring is predominately green , with pale olive under the wings. The head, including the forehead, crown, lores, ear coverts and cheeks are dull royal blue. The eyes are surrounded by a bare white patch of skin and the iris is reddish-orange. The upper wing coverts are chestnut-brown, and the tail is green while the lateral tail feather are brownish red with golden olive tips. The upper mandible is horn colored with a black, sharply pointed tip and the lower mandible is solid black. The legs are pinkish grey. Juvenile birds have less of the blue coloration on the head and the mandible is completely horn colored. Although they are not one of the more colorful species of parrot, they more than make up for it with their endearing personality. The Blue-crowned Conure is a favorite among many conure lovers. These lovely birds are affectionate, smart, playful and a joy to be around.

As to pet quality, Blue Crowns are exceptional. They are quite friendly, calm, playful, inquisitive, and affectionate. Biting is usually not a problem with the lovable Blue Crowns. They tend to be less nippy than other species of parrots. They can speak with a certain amount of clarity, and they can learn to speak a number of different words and/or phrases. Their intelligence enables them to learn quickly and they can be taught to perform several tricks, such as: sticking out their tongue, waving their foot, kissing, etc. Head scratching and feather preening are a must for a pet Blue Crown. These highly social birds thrive with daily attention. In turn, they will reward you with their companionship.

Instinctively They like to lay on their backs and play with their feet. They also enjoy hanging from the cage bars by one toe, swinging from their toys. My pairs prefer to sleep hanging in the corners of their cage, or in a sleep box (a sleep box is similar to a nestbox except is has a larger door and plenty of peep holes that provide more light than a nestbox). As with any parrot, especially Aratinga conures, expect a certain of screaming. If a certain amount of screaming would be disruptive to your household, then DO NOT PURCHASE A PARROT! Screaming is a natural part of bird communication. They will call to the other members of the flock, and as a parrot owner, you are part of his/her flock.

Feeding Your Blue Crown a varied diet will contribute to longevity and health. Offer a daily portion of a high quality pellet such as: Hagen, Roudybush, or Harrisons. A daily serving of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, pasta, and/or bird bread is a must. Fruit seems to be a special favorite among Blue Crowns, especially grapes. My pairs will fill up on the fruits and leave the veggies, so I limit the amount of fruit and I hide it in the bottom of the dish. I also like to serve them a warm mash made up of dark green leafy greens, squash, corn, beans, and other seasonal vegetables and fruits. A small amount of seed or nuts can be offered. Fresh water should be given each day. Blue Crown's love to bathe in their water dish so I prefer to use water bottles.

 

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Sun Conure - $450

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Sun Conure

Sun conures are fun loving little clowns that burst with color and charisma. Although their talking ability is limited, suns are highly intelligent and inquisitive. They are also very friendly and make fantastic pets.

General Information

  • Size: 12 in. (30 cm.)
  • Weight Range: 100-130 grams
  • Life Expectancy: 25 years
  • Talking Ability: fair
  • Noise Level: Relatively noisy.
  • Minimum Cage Size: 18"x18"x18"
  • Bar Spacing: 5/8" to 3/4"
  • Natural Diet: Seeds, fruits, berries, and flowers.
  • Captive Diet: Fresh fruits, veggies, pasta, legumes, pellets, seeds, nuts and grains.
  • Special Dietary Needs: Conures are very active and have an elevated need for fat. They should be fed a modest amount of seeds or nuts daily as supplementation to a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Characteristics: Active, comical, gregarious, affectionate, and very clever.

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BLACK-HEADED CAIQUE (Pionites melanocephala) - $850

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Black-Headed Caique

Black-Headed Caiques (pronounced Kigh-Eeek)are without a doubt, one of the most charming of all parrots.  These outgoing, energetic birds make great companions for households containing children.  Toys, toys and more toys are a must for these playful birds.  A wide parrot cage is suggested as Caiques can often be found laying on their backs playing with their favorite toy.  Caiques are inquisitive and fearless little birds and will often hop around on the floor investigating everything in sight. They are able to mimic a few words but the real charm is the affectionate nature of these delightful little birds.   Black Headed Caiques are easy to keep and feed, we suggest pellets with the addition of fresh fruits and veggies as the mainstay of your Caique's diet.     

Species Profile: Native to South America, Black Headed Caiques are small parrots measuring around 9 inches long.   The forehead, crown and nape are black and stand out in stark contrast to the bright green plumage of the back, wing and tail feathers.   The cheeks, throat, thighs and flanks are a bright orange.  Black Headed Caiques have a creamy white abdomen and breast.


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Jandaya (Jenday) Conure (Aratinga solstitialis jandaya) - $450

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Jenday Conure
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 Conure.



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