are up to 12 genera of conures,
depending on whose reference you consult, representing almost 60
species, with many additional subspecies branching off these. Most
conures are green with red, yellow or blue patches on the throat, head,
breast or other part of the body. The most popular types include the
blue-crowned (Aratinga acuticaudata), dusky-headed (Aratinga
weddellii), green-cheeked (Pyrrhura molinae), mitred (Aratinga
mitrata), nanday (Nandayus nenday) and white-eyed (Aratinga
leucophthalma) conures. The sun conure (Aratinga solstitialis), another
popular bird, is a striking exception to the usual green bird. Its fiery
red and yellow feathers mimick a sunset.
of origin: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Guatamala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay,
Venezuela. Size: Small to medium with long pointed tail, ranging from
the 8-inch Brazilian white-eared conure to Chile's 18-inch, 400-gram
(almost one-pound) greater Patagonian, a large grey-breasted bird with
a startling red stripe up its yellow abdomen.
average conure is 12 to 14 inches long.
Highly active, affectionate. Needs plenty of toys and time with owner.
Blue-crowned conures are considered among the most laid back of a rowdy
bunch prone to screeching.
ability: Poor to moderate, with a high-pitched voice.
lifespan:15-20 years, up to 30.