Conures

A big parrot in a little body

Are you one of the many people who has dreamed of owning a parrot one day? Did you fall in love with the big, boisterous personality of a friend’s macaw or cockatoo? Do you look around your living room and say: “There’s no way I can make room for a cage bigger than my car”? If so, a conure might be the perfect bird for you!

The conure is a lively, charm-packed parrot that can make those dreams come true without over-taking your house. A conure has everything the big birds have – but in a smaller package.

You should know, though, that just because a bird is small it doesn’t mean that you can toss food in its cage and be done with it. Small birds need the same level of care, socialization and training as do the big guys. So if you are looking for a small bird with the expectation of it being easier, think again.



For small birds, many conure species can be surprisingly loud. Even though they can’t match the decibel level of a cockatoo or macaw, they make up for it in persistence. Their normal vocalizations might be present throughout the day. For many people, conures are too loud.

They can be territorial and nippy, especially around their cages, and they have a tendency towards being what we call “one person birds”. These birds often take a preference towards a single member of the household.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal, especially when you are that preferred person, but it becomes a problem when the bird refuses to interact with anyone else but you, sometimes biting others who want to play with them. Worse, they often start to think of you as their mate. During breeding season, they will occasionally try to run off a family member or house-guest who gets too close to you.

To keep this from happening, the conure owner needs to understand the vital role that proper socialization with all family members plays in the raising of their bird. Training is the easiest and most effective way to make that happen and it can solve your conure problems with just a few minutes of one-on-one time a day.

Is training worth the effort?



Think of it this way, I’m sure you know that when you have a parrot it needs out of cage time every day. It would just be cruel to leave a bird in a cage for its entire life, right?

You have a choice… you can spend that out of cage time chasing your unruly conure around the house, as it dive-bombs dad and bites little Timmy’s finger, or you can spend a small fraction of that out of cage time with a quick training session (3 minutes is all it takes!) and the rest of the time enjoying each other’s company.

There are over 40 different conure species. They vary greatly in size, personality and appearance giving you a lot to think about before you make your final decision on which bird to take home. The best thing a perspective conure owner can do is to educate themselves by researching any species they have an interest in before they get one. The best teacher will be an owner of the parrot species you are considering.

Below is our recommended training package if you own or have decided on adopting a conure:

38 comments

Brigitte Marcotte

Bonjour, We bought the seasonal feeding books for our 2parrots! (Africain grey and yellow head amazone)They love it! We recently bought a pineapple conure and we are wondering how much gram of food would be a good average by day. We realized our daughter was treating him too much with sunflower seeds and it was affecting his meal. Hopefully we figure fast but we don’t know how much give it to him and it seems craving during the day since we correct the situation. Thanks for youre help.

Brigitte Marcotte
Gary Aguerrebere

I have a sun conure named Sunny! He will be 2 in march.whats you take on harnesses and leads for taking them outside?

Gary Aguerrebere
Maggie

Hi Jamie and Dave, First of all, thank you guys so much for a ll the help and info you make available to all of us bird owners, and even though we have owned birds for the past 20 years, I still have learned so much from you guy’s! We just purchased a Green Cheeked Conure, who is very cute and adorable. He also plays with everybody in the family and loves training. I have one worry though, which is his sleeping habit. It is very weird, as he is the first bird I have seen hanging on to the top side bars of his cage, and sleeps like this all night long. I can not see how he would get a proper nights sleep in this position. I read on some bird chat boards that Conures like to sleep in the top corners of their cages and like to snuggle/ lean into something soft while they are sleeping, so we ordered him a corner shelf with dowels. I am not so sure about ordering him a snuggle blankie that ties to the side of the cage, as he might chew on it, although he does not seem be the too destructive kind of bird, as he has barely touched his toys yet either. Do you have any advice on sleeping habits of Conures? Any help would be very much appreciated! Maggie

Maggie
Brooklyn

I bought a 10 week old GCC from Petco a Week ago …. Sweet, Wonder Bird … Attached to Me Day One and has just been Perfect …

Brooklyn
Rachel Rudisel

I have been watching u guys for a really long time. And think u are absolutely awesome.. I am getting my 1st parrot a turquoise green cheek conure hand tame baby!!! Super excited

Rachel Rudisel
Lin

I have read the question s and concerns above and I get so excited for the relationship s forming between people n their new pet bird! Please educate yourself as much as possible on dangers .These sweet birds are seriously like 2 year olds.must first think safety! Its cute , its fun to snuggle your bird but please never fall asleep with them.make sure ceiling fans are off. Hair spray. Paints,lysol, do much more can be deadly .just .safety saftey.then comes the fun and the unforgettable truly unbelievable experience uou can have growing together! May all of you have a wonderful life together!

Lin
Jerome Adante

May i know the exact feeding schedule of a baby conure 4 weeks old. Normally i let her eat 4-5 hours or when the crop is near empty, whichever comes first but normally the crop will empty first. And it is getting fast during her 4th week, it became 3 hours only. Also, her last meal is 9pm for dinner, what is the max hour for her to be still safe to feed in the morning? Because there are times i wake up so late like 8am. Thanks!!

Jerome Adante
Monica Sanchez

Hi I have a maroon bellied conure. I’ve had her for 3 months now, and she hasn’t stopped biting. I try to show her my hands aren’t harmful when she’s out the cage, but she still tries to bite. I don’t care that she bites me, but I’m on blood thinners and I’m a bit afraid she’ll bite me where I start to bleed. How do I get her to stop biting?

Monica Sanchez
Shannon Wilson

Jamie I’m bringing home 2 green cheek conures (a mated pair) and we have a sun conure right now who is already very attached to me. Do you have advice on how to acclimate them to each other? Thank you! Shannon W

Shannon Wilson
Mari

Do you sell the cages?

Mari
Julius

For all of you guys, she’s done videos on pretty much all of those topics-biting, rushing, flight training, how to make you parrot like your mother, the ten year old kid, I think you oughta go to a bird rescue stat, and watch YouTube, she’s done food conversion with mixing in the preferred food with the veggies, anmd take the bird to a vet.

Julius
Becca

First off I want to say thank you so much for all the work and effort you’ve done to make all of this content to help other bird owners have amazing relationships with their feathered babies. I have a sun conure named Mango. She is a little over a year old now and we are learning together. We are at a stage where I feel comfortable teaching my children how to handle and care for her. Especially how to pay attention to her body language. I’d dearly love to be able to train her for free flight but I am super worried she just won’t come back to me. We have been working on training to fly back and forth for a while now among a few other tricks. I’ve been taking it a little slow as she was very young when we got her and this is my first time with anything bigger than a budgie. I believe Mango and I share a good bond now and I wanted that established before I tried any sort of training. I most recently have been getting her feeding food from your cook books. My question would be how do you as the human get over the fear to free flight train?

Becca
Sophie

Hi Jamie plz email me back I don’t know what to do my bird won’t stop biting me

Sophie
Monica

I have a baby GCC and I loveeee him. He’s the cuddliest little man with a lot of attitude.

Monica
Debra Foote

A Sun Conure ‘s personality is like a loving child. All it want from it’s owner is LOVE. It gives you unconditional love. They are easy to train but require a lot of attention just like a child. But the love they give you is overwhelming. They love to have fun with you and they love to play “peek-a-boo” with you. So if you are looking for a good companion to keep you company…a Sun Conure would be a good fit.

Debra Foote
Alena

Can you do a video on excessive preening. I see it in a lot in green cheek conures, the tips of their feathers are a bit jagged, but not plucked out. I heard artificial colored pellets can make them itchy. I was curious if it was a deficiency of some sort. I’ve also read a humidifier, as they need a lot of humidity in the air. I’d love to see a video covering all the basics to over preening, including behavioral, after ruling out health concerns at the vets of course.

Alena
Esther C Garvin

hi we have an 8 week old Sun Conure. He loves to cuddle on his back, sleeps on his back on our chest. Is this normal?

Esther C Garvin
Gail Lee

I got a rescue bird. The person that had him died. They were going to put him down so I took him. I had owned a Amazon Gardaine. He passed away when he was ten. I can’t get 😫 Ollie to come to me can only talk to him in his cage, I have had him for almost a year. I also have a dog he likes to pick on the dog 🐕 so I can’t take him out of his cage the dog will go after him. I would like to do more things with him but he will bite me. Any suggestions 🤔.

Gail Lee
Jamie

I am in the process of deciding what species is the best fit for me and my family. This will be our first parrot. Can you share a few resource that will help me with reliable resources to research the different parrots.

Jamie
Jamie

I am in the process of deciding what species is the best fit for me and my family. This will be our first parrot. Can you share a few resource that will help me with reliable resources to research the different parrots.

Jamie
Katharine

Hi! I am caring for a friend’s conures, a male and a female. They have been caged together for years. I want to give them them best quality of life that I can. Will the intro training set include information on how to deal with a mated pair and proper diet? They have no food drive because they are getting too much of their favorite stuff is in their current mix. I’m assuming that until I get that addressed, training is somewhat pointless.

Katharine
Holly Latour Latour

I have a pineapple conure. she is still a little one she is 5 months old and oh my goodness she is very nippy! I have read so many different things to do but nothing seems to work. As soon as I open her cage she flys right out bro me. This makes it very difficult to train. I am not giving up.

Holly Latour Latour
Damien

Hi my conure is really great towards me and quite gentle however whenever she goes onto my mother she always attacks her face was just wondering of a way to help my mom not get bitten on the face. Thanks

Damien
Baltej Beemat

Hi, I have a female yellow sided green cheek conure named Cheeku. I’m a ten year old boy who has never had experience with parrots whatsoever. I need to know everything and anything about green cheek conures. I’ve had my conure for 7-8 months now. Please help me.

Baltej Beemat
Stephanie Bottcher

Hi, i have 12 week old Turquise green cheek, i do Not Luke the food hes on which zupreen for cockitels and egg prochain. Please help!!

Stephanie Bottcher

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