June 29, 2018 PetGuide
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Nanday Conure

  • Size: 15 inches
  • Lifespan: up to 40 years
  • Bird Species: Conure
  • Colors: Green with black markings
  • Sounds: Vocal, Noisy, Natural calls, Talkative, Mimics
  • Interaction: Social, Mischievous, Energetic, Affectionate, Fun
  • Comparable Breeds: Sun Conure, Alexandrine Parakeet

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Some of you might be looking for a pet that will brighten up your day. Well, with a Nanday conure, fun is always around the corner and smiles are in abundance. Like the other members of the conure family, these lively little parrots are mischievous, silly and really energetic. As you get to know each other, you will learn all about their personal little quirks, the tricks, and the naughty behavior. And besides all of that, you’ll still quickly fall in love with your new, silly friend.

Nanday conures are spoiled and silly. Get ready for a ton of fun!

These conures can be found in their natural habitat in South America. They live in a vast region called Pantanal, which spans through countries like Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Pantanal is the largest tropical wetland in the world, and it’s just perfect as a home for these conures. An interesting fact is that a lot of colonies have been established in North America, mainly in Florida, Los Angeles and San Antonio. These populations were all created from pets that have been released or escaped.

The main physical aspects of Nanday conures don’t differ too much from the other closely related parrots in that family. The adults reach an average length of 15 inches (37 centimeters), which still isn’t that large, considering their long tail feathers. Males and females have no major differences, and sometimes you can completely mistake their gender.

With a lot of energy and a feisty spirit, comes plenty of noise as well. Remember that conures can sometimes be noisy, with their high pitched natural calls. These are mostly heard when something is not how they want it to be, or when it’s time for bed. Besides that, they also have a fairly decent ability to talk and mimic common sounds as well. They will repeat the word they learn in a comical, cartoonish voice which is certain to make you laugh.

The body of Nanday Conures is mostly green, with lighter shades on the belly and darker shades on the wings and back. The unique feature which gives them their lesser known nickname – “the black hooded conure” – is their black face and beak. There is also a light blue patch on the chest and a distinct red on the inner thighs (which looks funny). The flight feathers are blue. All these colors mixed and distributed in unique patterns will leave you speechless when you see these birds for the first time. Nanday conures are certainly pretty parrots.

Distinct patterns and unique, tropical color combinations – the Nanday conure is a whirlwind of vibrant hues.

A good choice for a starter diet is definitely a commercial seed or pellet based mix that is specially designed for conures or even parakeets. These mixes contain all the important nutrients and basic seeds like sunflower, millet, milo, and oats. You should complete this diet with the regular addition of fresh fruits – apples, oranges or bananas – and green veggies as well – cabbage, carrots, and kale are among the favorites. Bathing dishes are another important part of their care, although you might need to nudge them to bathe. They usually just prefer to spill the bathing dish over – all in the name of fun!

Even if their medium size tells you otherwise, these conures anything but frail. They adapt easily, have good base health and immune system. Just prioritize to make the conditions as optimal as you can. Room temperature, draft, damp and sunlight should all be taken care of. Nanday conures are best kept out of the cage. They have a lot of energy, and when they are in the cage, they just tend to tumble everything over and about. Letting them fly freely is great exercise. Just keep an eye out – these mischievous little goofs love to explore and knock things about.

If you provide good care, your pet conure will be healthy and strong. Your main concern will be their endless mischievous energy.

With a Nanday conure, you guaranteed one thing for sure – and that’s a lot of fun. These conures tend to goof around and perform all kinds of silly tricks. Make sure you provide a lot of social interaction because if you don’t, they won’t hesitate to make their own version of fun. And that can often be quite mischievous. They can make a mess, tumble things over and all of it as a source of fun and exploration. But even so, a Nanday conure will prove to be a funny but affectionate and bonding little pet – a pet you’ll love spending time with!

Photo credit: Tracy Starr/Shutterstock

Comparable Breeds

Go to Sun Conure

Sun Conure

  • Size: 12 inches
  • Lifespan: 30 years
  • Bird Species: Conure
  • Colors: Yellow, orange, green details
  • Sounds: Vocal, mimicking, noisy, chatterer
  • Interaction: Highly social, playful, affectionate, territorial
  • Comparable Breeds: Masked Lovebird, Alexandrine Parakeet
Go to Alexandrine Parakeet

Alexandrine Parakeet

  • Size: Medium-Large
  • Lifespan: up to 40 years
  • Bird Species: Parakeets
  • Colors: Green
  • Sounds: Whistler, Vocal, Noisy, Mimics sounds, Chatterer
  • Interaction: Social, Playful, Affectionate
  • Comparable Breeds: Large Indian Parakeet, Rose-Ringed Parakeet