Always find out as much as possible about the conures before purchasing them. For this reason, you should try to visit the vendor, even if this means traveling some distance. You will then be able to see the birds in their predistribution surroundings. If they are being housed in a group, check that all the others appear healthy, as well as those which interest you.

Some dealers keep imported conures separated from other parrots. It has become widely known that these parakeets can be carriers of a viral infection, Pacheco's parrot disease, while showing no sign of the illness themselves. Such carriers can infect other parrots. When this occurs, the disease usually results in a high degree of mortality.

Presently, research into Pacheco's parrot disease is continuing. It is possible to identify carriers of this virus by means of blood tests. If you have a collection of other parrots, you may wish to refer to your veterinarian for advice, before introducing conures. The incubation period for the disease is short, typically less than one week, and there are usually few symptoms prior to death. A postmortem will reveal the liver damage which is characteristic of the infection. The herpes virus responsible for Pacheco's parrot disease does not affect other
birds apart from psittacines and is not transmissible to humans.

Signs of Health
Conures are typically lively and inquisitive by nature. They should move around their quarters readily when approached. Any which appear dull, with fluffed plumage, are likely to be ill, especially if they perch with their eyes closed for long periods. Do not be too concerned if the conures' plumage appears rough. This is quite common in imported birds, and new feathers will be grown, replacing the existing plumage, at the next molt.

In some cases, the conures may have had the flight feathers of one of their wings clipped, which will handicap their flight. This causes the bird no pain, but it does mean that they will not be able to fly properly until their next molt. Therefore take care not to frighten the conures, so they will not flutter to the floor of their quarters. Like most parrots, these birds will naturally spend much of their time moving about their quarters using their beaks and feet on the mesh. In this manner they can dart about surprisingly fast.

A Closer Examination
Conures have powerful beaks; even the Pyrrhura species can inflict a painful bite unless handled with care. Patagonians can cause a more severe injury; thus it is advisable to use gloves when restraining all species, especially if you are not accustomed to handling such birds. Never use woolen gloves for this purpose; they provide no real protection, and the conure's claws may become caught in the strands of wool. Gardening gloves are much more suitable, but in any event, try to avoid allowing the conure to bite into the glove.

Since they are quite small, conures are not difficult birds to restrain (with the notable exception of the Patagonian Conure). Watch the vendor catch the conures for you. If the birds are housed in an aviary, it is easier to catch the conures individually on the aviary mesh with a net (well-padded around its rim, so as not to cause injuries, rather than chasing them as they fly up and down their quarters. Yet, many aviculturists prefer to catch their birds by hand, as this lessens the risk of injury. Try to ensure that the conures cannot fly the full length of the flight, since they are more likely to injure themselves by colliding with the mesh.



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