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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Aratinga Genera of Conures

The Aratinga genera has 19 species, including the popular Mitred and Sun Conures.

Conures have been imported into the United States since the late 1800's; however, by the early 1980's, importation had almost entirely been replaced by captive breeding programs. This in turn led to birds being sold that were healthier and better suited emotionally to captivity by virtue of handling and hand-feeding beginning at an early age.

Conures, in general, are playful, intelligent, "big parrots in a little parrot body." They also love to snuggle under things, like a piece of fabric or a fuzzy stuffed toy. My favorite snuggling takes place in Mama Birds' sock drawer! I love to roll around in her socks (and sometimes in her lingerie) and hide, and then I start laughing!

We Mitred Conures are very affectionate, intelligent birds and get along well with other Conures. We can learn a variety of words and phrases, and love nothing better than playing or cuddling with our owners. I sit on Mama Bird's shoulders or in her lap when I'm out of my cage.

In the wild, Mitred Conures flock together in large numbers, which is why we love company in captivity. We LOVE bathing and need a variety of chew toys to keep them from becoming bored.

Mitred Conures are very curious, playful birds and are fun to watch as well as to interact with! That's why we make such wonderful pets!


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