A pair of conures will generally attempt to nest, and Pyrrhura species in particular can prove almost as prolific as many Australian parakeets. Yet in contrast to these birds, conures are much steadier and often become quite tame, even in aviary surroundings. Some species are gaudily colored, rivalling any Australian parakeet in this regard. It may be possible to establish a breeding colony of conures, provided that all birds are introduced to the aviary simultaneously. The interactions between a group of these essentially social birds will provide a source of constant fascination.

Young conures can develop into great companions and are temperamentally more reliable than larger parrots (such as amazons, which may become aggressive as they mature). Conures are also quite competent mimics, able to repeat speech and whistle simple tunes. Unfortunately, the calls of the Aratinga species can be disturbing because of their persistency, and may cause offense to close neighbors. Yet this difficulty is unlikely to be encountered with Pyrrhura conures, which are much quieter by nature.

The potential lifespan of a conure is likely to be in excess of two decades. They are easy birds to care for, even if you do not have much previous experience in this area. Try to obtain established stock, rather than recently imported birds, whose management is likely to be more problematical. Once acclimatized, conures are quite hardy birds, provided that they have adequate shelter from the elements.

It may be better to house them indoors over the winter, since they will often breed at this time of year in such surroundings. When housed in an outdoor aviary, a pair will probably rear only one round of chicks during the warmer part of the year; indoors, a second, or even a third clutch may be anticipated. A much greater understanding of the reproductive habits of these birds has been gained during recent years, an important factor is the design of the housing.

Many conures, notably the larger species such as the Patagonian, can be destructive towards woodwork in their aviary; this tends to increase the cost of housing these birds. The Pyrrhura species are less likely to prove destructive than other conures.

Purchasing Conures
There are various means of obtaining conures, depending upon the species. Your local pet store may have a small selection available; although these are likely to be imported birds, more captive-bred youngsters are being offered through such outlets. Alternatively, you may want to seek out one of the avicultural suppliers, who are likely to have a wider choice of species available. Their addresses can be found in avicultural magazines, which carry stock advertisements as well as articles. You may also be able to contact a private breeder of these birds by this means, although as with a pet store, the available stock may be rather limited.


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