The Conure Bird, A Special Type Of Parrot
The conure bird is native to Central and South America, and is a part of the parrot family. What makes the conure bird special is not that it is better than other types or parrots, or for that matter any worse. It is simply different, mainly in terms of its personality, and has become a favorite of many bird-loving owners.
Like other members of the parrot family, the size of a given species of conure bird can vary considerably, from parakeet size to some species that are the size of a macaw or large raven. In the wild, conures are relatively peaceful birds, moving in small flocks from one place to another without fighting or fussing. As individual pets they are also exhibit a peaceful temperament, though some species can be rather noisy and some have a squawk that can be a little loud and grating on the ears. Unlike some parrots which are for the most part rather quiet, the conure bird can sometimes be a poor choice for an apartment dweller.
Conures are by and large very entertaining and quite active. They are also highly trainable and affectionate, and are a pleasure to have around although training one can initially be somewhat of a challenge. Because they are naturally very active, one of the very essential factors in their care is that they have ample opportunity for exercise. A conure lacking exercise will not be a happy conure and will usually let you know, verbally.
They Do Learn To Talk – Sometimes - Speaking of verbs, conures can be taught to talk although this is not as easily accomplished as is the case with some other species of parrots, and parakeets. Most conure bird owners get the bird not for its vocabulary, usually limited if it will speak at all, but for is bright colors, temperament, and often clown-like activities, which include a great deal of acrobatics. Training a conure bird is much like training any animal. You reward it whenever it does something right and withhold the reward when it does not.
International Conure Association - Because of various laws enacted in recent years, purchasing a conure is not as easy as it has been in years past. It is no longer legal to catch the birds in the wild and ship them out of the country of origin. What this means is future populations of conures in the pet trade must come from breeders, and not from the wild. An organization devoted to the conure bird, the International Conure Association (ICA), was formed several years back with the goal of assisting breeders in managing the captive bird population so we can enjoy these birds in our homes as well as in public aviaries for years to come.
A Few Of The Conure Species - There are many different kinds of conures. The ICA lists 40 or 50 different species, and these are just the captive species. The different species have individual personalities, so if you are looking to purchase a conure, a little research into the different types available would be helpful. Almost all conures love to take baths, but the bright yellow Sun conure may be the champion bath-taker of all. The Green Cheek conure is one of the most intelligent of the conure family, and is better than most in learning the art of talking. The Blue Crown conure is also very intelligent and its specialty is learning to perform tricks. If you want a large conure bird, the Patagonian conure is the largest. It is probably also the loudest, so bear that in mind. And if its color you’re after, the Nanday conure is probably the most colorful of the conures, and more colorful than most parrots for that matter. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. With a little searching, you can probably find a conure that fits, or compliments, your own personality.