Blue Throated Conure
- Size: 12 inches
- Lifespan: 25+ years
- Bird Species: Conure
- Colors: Green, colorful details
- Sounds: Quiet, Mimics, Natural Calls
- Interaction: Social, Affectionate, Playful, Energetic, Cuddly, Silly
- Comparable Breeds: Nanday Conure, Sun Conure
Blue Throated Conure General Info
These unique looking conures are not only a colorful and interesting sight, they are also a cute and affectionate pet. Although not often seen in aviculture, the Blue Throated Conure has a variety of great traits that make them a sought-after parrot. They stand quite apart from their conure cousins, both with their personality and the exotic looks. If you’re looking for a cuddly and playful pet parrot with a wonderful personality, then these birds might just be the ones for you!
While they’re a rare sight in captivity, these little birds have wonderful personalities and an affectionate nature which makes them great pets.
Unlike other South American parrots, the Blue Throated Conure is found only in Brazil. Their population is broken in fragments all over the country, and they are considered a vulnerable species. They love to nest in humid forests in the lowlands, and sometimes nest high in the tree canopy. The main cause for their vulnerable status is a state-wide neglect and prolific destruction of habitat and forests. These birds are often forced to feed at plantations, damaging crops in the process. These circumstances make it a rare bird, both in the wild and as a pet.
These are relatively small parrots, sharing several traits with other conures. The adults reach an average length of up to 12 inches (30 centimeters), but most of their size is reserved for the substantially long tail feathers. Other iconic features are there – the curved, sharp beak, sleek head shape, slightly ruffled feathers and a compact body shape. Smaller sized parrots are often full of energy. Conures are the best example of this – but keep in mind that a large cage and a lot of playtime and exercise are mandatory for a pet of this size.
Speech and Sounds
If you’re living in an apartment, and larger, exotic parrots are too noisy for you, then the Blue Throated Conure might be the ideal solution. Best described as moderate in every regard, these little parrots are content with simple natural calls and just a few words of mimicking. The chirps, tweets and an occasional screech are all toned down and not too annoying. No one can complain about noise when it comes to these cute little guys!
Conures are not always so exotic in their coloration or lack a variety in details. The Blue throated Conure breaks that pattern with their unique, beautiful plumage. The main body is dominated by a rich green color. The top of the head is black, while the cheeks are burgundy red, turning into light peach color at the back of the neck. The front of the neck is light green. Another distinct detail is the wide chest band of turquoise color. Belly and tail are prominent with a deep crimson red. This whole look is finished off and tied together with two orange spots on the very top of the wings. Without a doubt, this colorful conure is a beautiful sight
With its exotic appearance and a sweet personality, the Blue Throated Conure has all the traits of a truly exceptional bird.
Care and Feeding
The regular commercial seed or pellet based mixes that are designed primarily for conure breeds are your best bet for starting a well-rounded diet. You’ll need additional vitamins though, and the surest way to add them is through fresh fruits and veggies. Achieving a rich and balanced diet can save you a lot of trouble and keep your pet parrot in prime health!
Health and Common Conditions
These parrots are great at adapting to common household conditions, as long as you keep things in good order. One thing they really like is bathing. Conures can’t get enough of it. So offer them regular baths in the bathroom sink or a larger bathing dish. It simulates the humid conditions of their natural habitat and prevents any feather related diseases.
Offer regular baths. They are a favorite for conures and proper hygiene is the foundation of avian health.
Personality & Behavior
For many, these little conures are the definition of an all around great pet parrot. Not too noisy, with a playful and silly personality and an affectionate side as well, Blue throated conure will quickly become a loved pet and a favorite in the house. With a cute personality and an endless pool of energy, you’ll quickly get to know their playful nature and create a deep bond. They also have a healthy lifespan of up to 25 years or more. With all these excellent traits, you’re looking forward to making a fantastic feathery friend.
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