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Rachel - 2010-11-20
I just got a Cinnamon Green Cheeked Conure.:] he's 7 months old. He is very sweet and curious. His name is Montizuma, Monti for short... I love your website :] I have a 5 year old parakeet as well. Are conures good with other birds? I'm scared to introduce them because Monti has such a hard bite and I don't want him to hurt Cloud, my parakeet. I'd just like to know if it's safe to introduce them once Monti is used to his new home?

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Orla - 2010-11-14
I had had my patagonian conure named george who will be 8 in january 2010 and I love him to bits. Yes he is quite noisy but he was very traumatized when I got him from the last family that had him, they didn't like the sound but it's only now he's coming around and I can use a feather to rub his head and he's trying really hard to talk, if anything happens to him it will be like losing my baby and the cats adore him as well they sleep by his cage and won't go near him but he has a whole room to himself as well.

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michelle - 2009-07-10
I just recently caught a mitred conure in my front yard about 2 months ago. We have no idea how old he is but we do know that he is a boy. He can still fly so I can not take him out of his cage. He bites anything and everything that gets in the cage including fingers. My sister already got bit. I don't know what to do. I want him to be able to get up on to my finger and play with me out of the cage but I do not want him to fly away. I would like to have a great family bird that loves getting out of the cage and playing with the family. What do I do?

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  • Roz - 2010-03-07
    Michelle,
    My mitred conure passed away December 24, 2009. Sophie was 18 1/2 years old. I had her since she was a baby on formula. Sophie used to bite occasionally and follow it with the words. "What's the matter. Sophie is a good girl". They do have a sense of humor and are smart. Any questions, you need to ask, just email me. Roz
  • Roz Levin - 2010-03-28
    You are so lucky to have a mitred conure. I had Sophie who lived 18 1/2 years with me from a baby. She passed away on Dec. 24, 2009. I handled her often(every day), and she was out of the cage 10 to 12 hours a day. She was a very good talker also. When she would bite me, she would follow with "What's the matter? Sophie is a good girl. If you are afraid to lose him, have the wings cut. Sophie was full flighted, but I live in an apartment. She was very attached to me.

    Where are you? I'm in New Jersey. If you have any questions, just contact me.
  • maryann - 2010-07-16
    I too found my mitred conure in feb. On my screen it was screaming to get in side so I put a blanket over him and put him in a dog cage soon my son had an idea to let him out to socialize made a big difference now he is so lovable follows me in the shower, sleeps on the recliner as I take a nap at night he sleeps on the lamp shade. You need to keep your furniture covered but if you want them social they need to be part of your family use food as a reward soon you will have a great pet.
  • Frank - 2010-10-26
    First thing, get his wings clipped. Once his wings are clipped, work on getting him to perch on a stick (14") that you are holding. Once he realizes that he can't fly, he will rely on you to move him around. Next step would be to get him on a freestanding perch outside of the cage and work on massaging him with the stick. It will take time but parrots are a sucker for a massage. Over time choke-up on your holding of he stick. Making it shorter in your hand. As he gains trust, bites the stick less, gets used to your hand getting closer, trust will grow. Takes time a patience. And you may never be successful. But it's a worthy cause! Best of luck!
  • Deb Summers - 2010-11-05
    I also Have a Mitred Conure, Dolly, what a gal. Dolly was a rescue, she had plucked herself bald where she could reach. We knew she came from horrible living conditions. When I got her nobody would touch her. She would bite, foul mouthed brat. Thing is you don't know this birds history so you are going to have to start from scratch. Trust, if you don't build some trust you'll get nowhere fast. Check out Chet Womack on line he was a tremendous help. Because of his advice and some good old fashion common sense, Dolly is my best buddy now. People are amazed she's the same bird.The more I interact with her the bigger the clown she becomes. Get the wings clipped and also when a bird is wet they are easier to handle. In due time though. Be patient and always be calm. These birds are very emotional and shockingly intelligent. Good Luck and don't give up on him. He needs you.
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terrilynne - 2010-10-04
We just got a greencheek conure he is 6 months old ...how to get him to trust you? I've been dying to hold him but he flies away, I have tried treats and bribery ...

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  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    First, you must remember that your parrot is STILL a baby. Having a parrot is very similar to having a "toddler for life" so to speak. His attention span will be lower right now than as he slowly matures.

    Second, I highly recommend that you research and read up on the body language of parrots. This is generally universal no matter which species or sub-species your parrot is. This will help you know if your bird is becoming too upset, frightened, etc. while you are working with your new baby.

    Third, as excited as you are, don't rush it. He will be with you for several decades to come. Start slow. Many birds are territorial about their cage, so if you are unable to handle him or get him to "step-up" on your finger or hand or a perch while he is inside his cage, work with him in a small room when he is outside of it. One of the most important things you will need to teach him is to "step-up". This is when he will step up onto a finger (keep your finger relaxed and curved, not straight- this shows the bird you are relaxed and non-threatening), hand, arm, or even a perch. Teach the bird the command "step-up" when you want him to step up.

    Also, when you notice the bird starting to develop a bad habit, or bad behavior, NEVER hit a bird, and NEVER yell at a bird. Its fairly easy, though can be time consuming, to retrain behaviors and habits. But its rewarding. For example, if the bird starts "nipping" or "biting", whether or not he draws blood or not, it is NOT acceptable. Say in a firm commanding voice, "Ehhh! No bite!". When you have the birds attention, and the bird listened to you and stopped, reward with the bird with verbal praise by changing the tone of your voice to happy and upbeat when you give the verbal praise. Also, don't jerk your hand or finger away, its impulse and difficult, instead slowly pull your finger or hand away and give the correct command.

    The more attention you give your bird, even instead the cage, the better a relationship you will have with your bird.

    Hope this helps you get on the right track to an enjoyable relationship with your new baby!
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Heather Green - 2010-04-25
I have a green cheeked conure and have noticed on a few occasions that the white around his eyes look a little bit red sometimes. I wondered if anyone else has noticed this?

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  • Caroline Normile - 2010-09-24
    I too have noticed this and I think it is similar to how Macaws "blush". Keep an eye (no pun intended) on when it happens and see if it linked to something that is stimulating to him.
  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    I'm not very familiar with this sub-species of Conures, but I DO know that there are several parrot species and sub-species who "blush", meaning the normally white or flesh colored area around their eyes turns a pink to red if they are upset, overly excited, or scared.

    This may be the reason for the color change. If you notice that this doesn't seem to be the issue, I would recommend that you take your parrot to the vet for a well-check.

    Hope this helps!
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amie - 2010-09-25
We have a conure that we found in our pond about 3 months ago. He has bonded with me and typically won't let anyone else near, until recently. Anytime my husband comes into the room, the bird will automatically start trying to bite me hard and when he does it draws blood. He still won't my husband rub him like I can so what gives with the biting?

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  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    It is possible that your bird has trust issues with males, or something about your husband reminds the bird of a bad experience. We currently have a Cherry-Masked Conure in foster care that was severely abused and traumatized by teenage boys. As a result, "Red" doesn't trust ANY men. The abuse and trauma happened almost 10 years ago. She "tolerates" my husband, but he doesn't try to handle or pet her. When she first arrived, she would lunge at anyone (male or female) who tried to come anywhere near me. I retrained her to stay on my shoulder, by telling her "Eh! No lunge" in a firm commanding voice (NOT yelling) when she would attempt to lunge and attack others who came near me. When she listened to the command, I praised her by telling her "Good Girl! Good no lunge!" in a higher more up-beat voice. This worked very well with her. Red used to be poked at and stabbed at, so anything that comes near her (even a finger) she sees as an attempt to hurt her. I understand this, I understand why she has this fear, and I try to work with her in such a way that is comfortable for her without causing more fear.

    Unlike me, you didn't get any history regarding the bird you have adopted. Instead, you will need to study and watch his/her body language. I would highly suggest that you do your research and read up on the body language of parrots. This will help you determine what things make him/her nervous or scared. If the bird "puffs-up" with his/her feathers, that is a universal warning that he/she is scared and that you need to back off until the bird calms down and feels more comfortable.

    Also, as the bird has bonded with you, and with the biting behavior you have described, it sounds like the bird is treating you as a "mate" and trying to "warn" you about your husband coming near. Kind of, "hurry, we need to leave" type of warning. For now, until the bird is more comfortable with your husband, just have your husband talk to the bird while he/she is in his/her cage, and have him give him/her special treats (that only HE gives him/her) through the cage or into the feed dish. This will help them develop at least the starting of a relationship.

    Hope this helps!
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Anne - 2010-10-10
I have a red-masked conure and fairly recently he has been swelling up like a balloon from the neck down to his abdomen. He makes this funny little noise before it happens. I'm really worried about him. Can anyone help me with this? He still eats well and is active but he has started to pull some some small feathers out from under his wings and this always hurts him. I'm not sure if he is just grooming or not.

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  • Echo VanderWal, Shelton & Mason Co. Parrot Rescue (SMCPR) - 2010-10-14
    It sounds like your bird is "sucking air". This is typically a nervous habit, but as far as I have been able to determine, not dangerous to health. However, when combined with starting to pull feathers, you need to check around to see what may be making your bird more stressed or nervous. Is there more stress in the household? New pet? New baby? New people in the house? Any of these can cause these symptoms. Try to provide extra out-of-cage time as well as some toys the bird can use that it can destroy and shred, puzzle toys to occupy the mind, and communication toys (such as a mirror and/or a bell). Hope these ideas help.
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Howard - 2009-08-27
I have a white eyed conure for the past 24 years named Tofuti and he plucked all his breast feathers out. He is very loving towards my wife and will bite me when she is near. He may outlive us since we are senior citizens. May the best of us win.

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  • Gail - 2010-06-02
    I also have a white eyed conure called Billy. When #I got him he was so tame and spent all his time on my shoulder kissing me and drinking my tea. I made the mistake of buying him a large cage where his perches were higher than my sitting position which brought out his bossy side and unfortunately he has now turned aggressive. He has also plucked his chest feathers & looks like a miniature oven ready chicken. I talk & try to play the best I can with him in the hope that he will once again be able to leave his cage....still I wouldn't swap him for the world.
  • Pat - 2010-10-07
    I'm hoping you can help me out here. I have a conure who is green, with grey head, orange chest area and yellow back half of his body. What kind of conure is he? Also, will he learn to talk?
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Steve - 2010-07-04
Is there any way to get these things to shut up? All ours does is emit deafening, ear-splitting shrieks all day long no matter how much attention, food or toys it gets. It bites when we try to approach it. Even our cats won't go near it. It starts screaming with sun up and continues until the end of the day.

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  • Regina P - 2010-07-28
    We have 3 conures...a sun, jenday and sunday...and yes they can really be loud! They will naturally yell in the mornings and evenings, and if anything startles or frightens them (rapid movement, bringing something strange or large in the room, kids running by, coming home from work etc.) When they get going with yelling, I will only talk to them in a whisper until they calm down, which they do relatively quickly. Also, when they scream for attention, I turn my back on them or leave the room until they get quiet. Then I walk at the cage...if they scream again, again I turn my back and walk away. Eventually they get the picture and quiet down. This is much harder with 3 but should be easier with one bird. They need at least an hour out of cage time and just love to be hanging around with you (even mine, although they have each other, still prefer to be with us) so try to keep them with you while doing routine chores around the house as much as possible. Hope this is helpful, sometimes I think we're insane having 3 of these birds, but they each have there own unique personalities and we love them all!
  • zelanna - 2010-08-15
    Maybe he is sick, can you feel his breast bone? Or maybe he needs more attention. I will be glad to take him off your hands.
  • pi - 2010-09-16
    two issues.....

    i too have a sun conure that is noisy ..... very noisy. when i want him to shut upi cover the cage for 10 minutes or so. he is slowly learning to calm down when i cover him.

    i think that there is a reason for this however. my cage is too small. he is bored and he wants attention.

    i have just acquired a cage 3 times the size of the one he is in now along with tons of toys. so that should help a good bit.

    i also put a paper towel tube in his cage which he was afraid of at first. he has since become very fond of his tube and plays a good bit with it.
  • Savanahsirval - 2010-09-20
    Sometimes my bird screams when he wants his bath or to ride on my shoulder, it is almost a process of elimination you have to almost read the little guys mind, when they bobb they want you or what you have, when they screech and look at something it is bothering them so remove it, one day my bird was screaming at the window and looking down I looked down and it was the dogs rope and it was wet from the rain, so I pulled the curtain down and he seemed to quiet down, good luck, sometimes just covering the one side of the cage and giving them a two min time to calm down works but don't ever forget about them or they will not forgive you. They remember!
  • Shelley - 2010-09-24
    I also bought a Sun Conure and it would not stop screaming - (sure that's why it was sold in the first place) I have since bought a Blue Quaker and what a difference - she still shrieks but nothing like she used to. I had them in separate cages on the patio but now put them in the same cage throughout the day.
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James McAfee - 2010-09-22
In May 2010 I was fortunate enough to acquire a Mitred. I was really excited
about the relationship and found it to be one of the closest pets I ever had.
We quickly bonded and I had him on my shoulder much of the time. I did
chores and played with him, as well as rubbing his neck as he would rest his
head on my thumb. His name was Jake and he had an accident on Sept. 11
in which he didn't survive. I was really fond of him and enjoyed his company as we bonded together. I miss him everyday and the so short of time we had will stay with me forever. He became my little buddy.

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