Who wouldn’t like a beautiful and quiet parrot for a pet? The blue-crowned conure is a classic bird in the conure family in so many ways. This parrot is a medium-sized bird and calmer than most of the other parrots in the conure family.
If you have seen the documentary called “The parrots of telegraph hill” and the movie Pauly, you sure will have an idea of what this bird looks like. Most parrots are very intelligent and playful, but not all are gentle as this green bird with a bright blue head and a spiked tail.
The blue-crowned conure is one of the few birds known by a variety of common names. It is called the blue-hooded conure, the blue crown conure, the blue-capped conure, the sharp-tailed conure, and the blue-crowned parakeet.
The taxonomical or scientific name for the blue-hooded conure is Thectocercus acuticaudatus.
There are at least five species of this bird, and they all feature slight variations in colour
- Thectocercus acuticaudatus haemorrhous
- Thectocercus acuticaudatus acuticaudatus
- Thectocercus acuticaudatus neoxenus
- Thectocercus acuticaudatus koenigi
- Thectocercus acuticaudatus neumanni
The origin and history of the Blue-crowned conures
The blue-crowned conures species of parrots are originally native to South America, with a range extending from eastern Colombia to as far as northern Argentina. These birds blossom in habitats including woodlands, savannah-like grasslands, and forest margins. You can not find this creature in dense humid forests.
The blue-crowned conure parrot is not a big bird naturally. When it grows to full adulthood, it can be as big as 14 to 16 inches in length from the tip of its beak to the end of its spiked tail.
Average Lifespan of a blue-crowned conure
When in captivity and well cared for, this bird can easily live as long as 30 years.
Temperament of the blue-crowned conure
Blue-crowned conures are famous for their intelligence and burst of playful energy. Just like all another member of the parrot family, this bird needs as much play time with its owner and mental stimulation, so it doesn’t get bored, slip into depression, and becoming restless.
This particular brand of parrot has been credited with being very affectionate and social. They quickly establish a strong bond with an owner who treats them well and gives them the attention they want. The blue-crowned conures can bite, but they rarely do that, it makes them the perfect family pet.
Although we have said that the blue-crowned conure is the quietest bird in the conure family, make no mistake to think it is going to give you all the peace needed to live at peace with your neighbours. It is normal for your bird to make a lot of noise in the mornings and evenings as that is their way of life. This bird is not the best choice of a pet if you live an apartment life because it is known for its loud and sharp shrieking and screaming. The blue-crowned conures and conures, in general, are not as good at talking as the African grey parrot and some other parrot species, but when it comes to learning and using human words among the conure species of parrots, the blue-crowned conure is arguably the best talkers. They are capable of mastering a few human words and phrases which they can also learn to use correctly but in rare cases.
The colours and markings of the blue-crowned conure parrot
At birth, all blue-crowned conure parrots have a head that appears reddish in colour. But by the time these birds grow to become adults their red heads change to bright blue in colour. In addition to their beautiful green body and their blur head, these birds have reddish tips on their tail feathers, horn-coloured beaks, pink legs and feet, and a white ring around each eye. You cannot differentiate the male from the female by just looking at the colour and pattern of their bodies.
Taking care of a blue-crowned conure
The blue-crowned conure is one of the few parrots that reproduce easily in captivity, so you can have as many as your parrots breed if you are a lover of many birds. It is effortless to get this species of parrot from breeders and pet stores. The blue-crowned conure is not a bird that should be kept in a cage for an extended period. The reason for this is because when they are in the wild, these birds spend time in a flock with their friends. So, it is important that you play the role of a friend to your pet. You would need to allow your conure spend as much time with you outside the cage as this is required to keep it feeling happy.
However, because it is impossible for your pet to be outside the cage all the time, make sure it’s cage is spacious enough and provide plenty of toys that your bird can chew on to provide it with stimulation and exercise. Give your bird time as much as four to five hours a day out of the cage. If you have a free-standing play structure for your bird somewhere outside the cage, your pet will be grateful.
A lot of blue-crowned parrot owners have reported that their feathered buddy is happier when in the company of another of its kind. Blue-crowned conures also love it when you have the TV or a radio on to keep them company in your absence.
When in the wild, the blue-crowned conure has a bath daily, so when you domesticate them you have to bathe them as often as possible. Besides, spending time giving your parrot a bath of spray mist of lukewarm water is a great way to bond with them. These birds are like children that work well with the reward system of training. When a blue-crowned conure does something naughty, and the owner ignores it, the bird learns not to repeat it. But when a conure does a good thing, and it is rewarded with attention and treats, it continues in that good behaviour.
Nevertheless, no amount of training can change or stop your blue-crowned conure from being noisy in the morning and evenings. If you attempt to punish a blue-crowned conure for making noise, it will only get noisier and louder. This species of parrot are relatively good at talking, and you can train them to say a few words and some short phrases.
Feeding the blue-crowned conure
When the blue-crowned conure is in the wild, it feeds mainly on a wide range of fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts, and berries. When in captivity, it is vital that you feed your pet with a variety of fruits, grains, vegetables, and berries as well. Never feed your conure with only nuts and seeds because they will end up very sick. Also, never feed them avocado and chocolates.
Exercise for your blue-crowned conure
This species of parrot is blessed with so much energy to burn which is why a minimum of three hours out of the cage to play is essential daily. When your bird is out of the cage playing, it is enough time for the social interaction it needs to stay healthy. Conures love to chew on things to exercise their jaw muscles so providing them with chewable toys will prevent them from chewing on your woodworks or furniture.
Common health issues of blue-crowned conures
Just like other types of parrots, the blue-crowned conure can start feather picking when it is denied the required amount of attention and mental stimulation. You can easily prevent such a thing by interacting with your conure more and providing it with plenty of toys and a radio that will be on most of the time. Just like most other birds in the conure family, this one is susceptible to a plethora of common bird diseases, which include:
- Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease
- Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD)