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Understanding Conures by Pat Tucker

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Conures have endearing characteristics. They are playful, acrobatic, cuddly, lay on their backs, hang from one foot, and sometimes hop when they are excited. It is not unusual for me to have a Conure hiding inside my shirt with its head poking out as I go about my daily chores. In addition, they often get along with other birds and, in my personal experience, they are one of the most entertaining of the parrot species.

Over the years I have bred and kept as pets all three of the Conure genera: Pyrrhura, Aratinga, and Guaruba, and each is unique in their own right. The Pyrrhura genus is the smallest and quietest of the Conures. Some examples I have lived with are the Green-cheek, Maroon-bellied, Black-capped and Crimson-bellied. The Aratinga genus is somewhat larger and louder by nature. The species I’ve had the pleasure of knowing are Jenday, Suns, Nanday, Dusky, and Gold Cap. And then there is the Guaruba genus, the Queen of Bavaria (or Golden) Conure. They are the most endearing of all with their gentle nature and individualistic qualities.

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