Animal Stories - Blue-crowned Conure

Animal-World Information about: Blue-crowned Conure

   The Blue-crowned Conure, also referred to as the Sharp-tailed Conure is quite a character, as was demonstrated when this little bird became popularized by the movie "Pauli"!
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Amber - 2006-02-11
Thank you for your website. It helped me decide to get my loving BCC named simone. He says hello, makes kissing noises, and mocks a couple of little noises when he hears someone else make them first because hes shy. He is a big part of my life and I dont know what I would do without him.

Jennie - 2011-03-27
I rescued my Samson when I was 16 years old! He had a girlfriend called Delila but unfortunately she died 10 years later. Samson was on his own! It was a very sad time!

Samson is now 26 years old going on 27. My mum had a lot of pets between Delila passing and Samson didn't get the attention he needed. I was growing up doing teenager stuff! However, when I was home he always got my attention and time, looking back on it now it simply was not enough! Very un-fair! However, my mother passed away too so I took Samson to live with me as my dad is nearly blind and couldn't look after him!

He has come on leaps and bounds since I have had him! He really does not like to be held but likes to hold my finger in his beak and enjoys playing little games with me! He is my little man! I love him so much!

Unfortunately Samson is not well and has been admitted to hospital for over a week now! This was due to a pet-shop selling me bad food! Because of his age his liver could not filter the rubbish food fast enough! How bad do I feel! His liver is swollen, his blood count is down & his calcium needs building up! Why was I so stupid to change his regular food (seed) supply! He is now eating Tidy-mix while he is in hospital but they told me he is not that keen on it but he is eating some of it! I have bought this food for his return. Pet shop food is not the way forward! Mind you.... he is 26 years old and has the right to be a fussy old man, he has earned it! lol!

What really upsets me is that these pet stores are getting away with selling this rubbish! I feel really bad on the point I did so much research on what he could eat instead of what he shouldn't eat! Hopefully, if all goes well he should be home on Wednesday or Thursday. That will be 2 weeks in the hospital! Bless him! How old do Blue Crowns actually live to? I have googled it and it tells me 20 to 30 years old! If this is so.... I must be a very lucky person to still have my little man Samson! However, I do not want him to suffer any pain and I hope that keeping him in the hospital going through tests and giving him drugs is the right thing to do!? It feels right in my gut feeling, however, his age is what I am battling with! He has never in 26 years been ill! I am struggling with making sure I am doing the right thing! Do you have any advice? I would really appreciate it. I really miss him and I want him to come home, his friend Schawlie (an African Grey) really miss's him too, she won't come out of cage or eat her fruit and veg, just a little seed but she is not happy right now!

Sorry.... I went on a bit there! However, I really want to do the right thing by him and it's hard to speak to people that do not understand how wonderful these birds are!

Very much kind regards!


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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    What a tough time for you... and Schawlie. Yeah, he's only 26, you could have him for another decade. I'm so sorry you and your bird had to go through this, and I'm sure I'm just one of many bird owners that feel deeply for you both... we're a unique flock!

    On the food... most pet shops offer you several choices of food, it may be that there was a problem with the food itself. You might want to look to the manufacturer of the food, and let them know what happened. And then of course, like you say, offer him a more premium diet. All the best to you both... and to your African Grey too!
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-02-15
    Jennie, just read your note and it's touching. Please update us on your little one! I've gotten foods from Walmarts bird section to mix with pellets from Petsmart. Now I'm wondering!!!
  • boriqueen - 2012-02-18
    God bless him. I pray he's fine and your better. I know how sad it is to have a sick bird because they become so much more then a bird. They are memories and family ~ my coco ~blue crown is very sick right now she won't pass her eggs and I had her since I was 16. I'm 30 it's heart breaking. Your story was beautiful thank you for sharing it. I think you are doing the right thing in trying to save him and made me think about what shes eating alot!!
  • Paulie\'s Mom - 2013-01-08
    Paulie is a three year old and we just got him. We will have to work on the handleing as I was told he loved being handled .. wrong .. but he is a delight .. his food he has been on hasn't been the best but he loves Nutri-Berries .. a great food according to my Vet and it turned out to be his favorite food too .. so .. I suggest Nutri Berries.
Tiki Bird - 2012-06-07
I have raised my blue crown from a baby. He talks all the time, never shuts up, if you don't talk with him, he will start sayin 'poor tiki, poor poor tiki', he has a huge vocab, pet stores are amazed at his vocab when they hear him. He use to be so sweet, he would step up on my finger, he kissed my mom, my daughter made a tinker toy perch on wheels and would pull him around...that was up until he was about 2, now he is meaner than a hornet, he is entertaining, and he loves your company, but he will not step up, and he bites if you get near him. What causes this? Tiki is about 8 years old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    What causes it - I am not sure but I called it the terrible two's.  It seems my parrots went through the infant and cudly stage and then the terrible two's.  However, I got to cuddly threes with pretty much all of them.  Someone has to be boss and I think it is your Tiki.  He can be RETRAINED (if that is really a word) but somehow, he got out of control (which most do) in the terrible two's but a person usually gets the control back in a couple of months.  He can not bite the back of your hand if you make a fist and hold it tight with the back of your hand going toward his beak.  Nothing for him to bite.  You can say 'UP' and if he doesn't just grab his feet fast and he will get up.  If you twist your hand slightly, he can't keep balance and bite also.  You can enjoy him as he is or you can look for 'how do I train my parrot' classes or books.  Up to you....  Either way he sounds fun and entertaining.  To start, I would sure make sure he is not on his cage and on a neutral perch not by his cage. Realize that until around 20 years ago, most pet birds were wild caught and trained.  Tiki is just being boss - it is up to you if you wish to change it.  But he has to be removed from his cage to neutral teritory and learn. Have fun. 
  • Tiki Bird - 2012-06-18
    Now that you've mentioned removing him from his cage, I forgot to mention he is nicer when I remove him, but doing so is something. I have to wrap my hand in a towel (so he doesn't bite) and put my hand in his cage. He will not let me physically remove him, he flies to the ground. When he is on the ground, he is sweet, he picks his foot up for me to pick him up. I can pet his back, and sometimes carefully stroke his tummy, but don't get to comfortable with him, because he will nail you. When he was old enough for a cage, I bought a cheap cage from a pet store (it's about 4 ft high X 2ft wide X 2 ft deep). Several years ago, we bought him a nice cage that would cost about $500. He HATES it, he sulks, won't talk, won't eat, won't bath, won't play with toys, won't go out of it. It is really nice, the top opens up with perches on top with food and water bowls (it's about 6-1/2 ft tall X 4 ft wide X 4 ft deep). We finally had to put him back in his old cage, and he is happy as a lark. I guess the other cage is for the birds. Now, we are trying to find someone to buy the big cage, because he wants nothing to do with it.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-18
    Parrots have really distinct personalities and likes and dislikes.  They are territorial and frequently become very protective of their cage.  Usually, if they are removed from that territory - they are a whole lot calmer.  I have never heard anyone have a problem with a conure coming OUT of a cage.  They will do everything to not GO IN their cage.  They prefer peoples shoulders, their heads, laps.  A person has difficulty geting them off --

    Think about what your little guy is doing when he gets feisty.  Is he thinking you might be trying to put him back in his cage?  Can you just leave his cage door open and he can go in and out (when you are home) as he pleases?  Conures really WANT to be with their family and will get difficult if they believe you are going to reutrn him to their cage.  Anyway, try and figure out what he is getting mad/upset/feisty about and then maybe you can change the behavior.  Foot toys, flip him upside down and 'time out'

    I don't get the new cage thing but if you want you can put the new cage next to the old cage with the toys etc in the new cage.  Then put the food in the new cage and leave the doors open - he will go to the new cage gradually (especially if you don't look) but familiarity of old toys etc - Also, what was the location of the new cage.  Farthur away from family.  Conures are extremely flock oriented - they want their family and need to be by them and see them  They do not behave well on their own and that's when they will make noise. 

    Kitchen mit or anything - if you tried to get him out that way - he is going to be scared - think KING KONG coming after you in your bedrrom - so leave the door open and let him come out.  Can he fly down from his cage or fly to you?  Try and concentrate on his behaviors and ask yourself why he is doing it? 
Michelle Greene - 2012-04-28
Hi I got a blue crowned conure. I don't know how old he is but by the looks of his feathers he seems a few years old. He wont let me go near him. He'll play peek a boo with me if I'm sitting in the sittingroom. My friend caught him in a tree outside and no one in the area owns one so its a mystery where he came from. Can they talk? I've had him 3 years now. I leave the cage open all the time and everyone in the house talks to him as well he squakes a lot. I try to make him feel as comfortable as I can. How can I find out if it's a boy or a girl? I called him Paulie

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-28
    The only for sure 100% way is to DNA sex the little one. You can puchase a DNA sexing kit run in ads from the back of Bird Talk Magazine or you can have your vet do it. However with about 90% accuracy you can tell by the shape of the head. The males head is flatter and there is a sorta ridge/slant at what would be in the back of the head right before it slopes down to the neck. The females head is a smooth curve from above the eyes, over the top of the head and down to the back of the neck. You can actually feel the heavier SLOPE of the males head. Look at the link attached as they are two male conures and you can see th ehead is flat and the defined slop at the back of the head Two Male Conures
Anne-Marie - 2006-04-16
I would like to introduce our 15yr old Harold, who loves caravan holidays, and sitting outside with us just chillin. He is definately Mummy's boy, and gets a little jealous when dad wants a cuddle, but is usually won over with a treat. He likes to chase the cat, and joins us at barbeques, loves socialising at parties - guests not so keen to have him on their knee for some reason! (That's where he likes to sit, or on your chest with his head against your chin). Is happy to sit on your shoulder outside, and joins in when I play the guitar (not quite in tune with it though). He likes playing cards, but he cheats by marking them. He doesn't talk, but slurps his drinks (not taught by mum!), laughs, and clucks like a hen. He also does a fanfare and goes oh-oh. He likes a piece of the action - literally, and will sample anything you are trying to read, sew, fix. His favourite trick? Watch dad hoover the carpet, then throw his food around and look around with a satisfied expression. Is loved loads. Love the website, very informative, nice to hear of other conures and their owners!

Catherine - 2011-12-01
Lost our Blue crowned Conure (Neo) last night...My husband has had him for 12 yrs. Just out of the blue he got very lethargic, feathers puffed up and appeared to be breathing more rapidly. Has anyone ever experienced their birds getting sick so rapidly? I would like to know what could have happened. Nothing in his environment had changed. Would appreciate any info that might be helpful. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-01
    I am so sorry. I know what it is like and I feel bad for you. Parrots usually have a long life span and a conure is no exception. Just like anything though some pass at a younger age. When a parrot gets ill - they hide it real well for awhile. Instinct. So most often by the time a person realizes their parrot is ill - it is too late to get it to the vet. It could be anything from a inborn heart defect to possibly it ate something toxic. You can have a necropsy done by a vet but it costs and the chances of it happening again is pretty rare. Also, the vet may not find a cause. Things happen. I am sorry.
  • Catherine - 2011-12-01
    Charlie, thank you. I appreciate your reply. It will be one of those things we will rack our brains for quite some time. They are beautiful birds and Neo like the other BC's I have read about here are amazing each with their own personalities and endearing to their people. Really appreciate your response. Thank you
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-01
    You are so welcome. Yeah, I love the conures - my human has one too. They make wonderful companions.
  • Larry - 2012-03-06
    Our little Nemo passed last night pretty much in the same way. My wife had him for 21 years. He was diagnosed with a kidney problem a few months ago and was daily meds and a special diet. We knew he had health issues, but were shocked how quickly he went from normal to very ill. He blew kisses to my wife and went into the corner of the cage. He seemed like he wanted to be left alone all puffy and breathing heavy. Birds do hide their illnesses well. Enjoy their company. They are great companions.
Raeanne - 2012-03-05
I have a question: My concure goes to the bottom of his cage and rolls onto his back and takes his plastic ring and looks like he is doing curls with it - is this normal??

My husband does not believe me because Oscar will not do it in front of him and when I want to take a picture he moves to quickly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-05
    Yes, it is normal. Conures are great acrobats and comical and they will do just about anything to get a person to laugh. I know what you mean about not doing it in front of another person too. Conures do lay on their backs and will sorta juggle a toy or roll a ball. They will turnover or swing by your hair with just one foot. They are just a lot of love and fun.
boriqueen - 2012-02-18
I have a 16 yr old blue crown and this is her third time laying eggs. I however don't know how long I should wait before it is a serious problem. She was just laying on the bottom of the cage last night . Today she seems more active but only has one egg and is all swollen on the bottom side. How long should I let her be before its an emergency

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-18
    If she is on the bottom of the cage because there is no other flat space, or nest box or bowl for her to sit in - then it is an emergency now. Third time laying eggs? Where does she lay them? Do not remove the eggs. If she has laid the eggs and you don't let her sit them for a least a couple of weeks or until she doesn't want to - she will just lay eggs again and you run the risk of her becoming egg bound. If she is laying on the bottom of the cage and inactive - I would get her to the vet. If she has laid an egg in a food dish, a nest box, anything and the egg is still there - you have two more to go. She would be swollen on the bottom side cuz of the eggs but my concern based on your description is if she is egg bound. I'd get her to the vet.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-18
    I saw that you had responded to another person concern over her conure and your little gal is still egg bound. I am recommending that you get her to the vet as soon as possible because most of the time the home remedies and trials do not work. I also realize this is the weekend so I tried to find something I thought might help. I hope this helps you and she is all right Egg Binding
Pam Aguirre - 2012-02-03
My little guys name is Ozzie. He walked up to my boss one day in his yard. My boss put him in a box and brought him/her to the restaurant. Ozzies family lived in a tree in my bosses yard. I have had Ozzie for about a year and a half. He is wonderful and is a big show off. Talks up a storm, sings and plays games. I don't know what life would be without him now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-03
    Birds have a way of picking their human companions. This is one unique way of doing it though. Fantastic and happy for you.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-02-15
    IM JEALOUS!!! :))))Is he named after THE Ozzie?
Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-01-06
7 months ago my Meyers parrot was injured by one of my daushunds and she died that night I had raised her from a baby for 13 years (loved her!!)!.. She had jumped off her cage and I didn't know it immediately. I have now been asked to 'foster' a 16 yr old Conure, which I've only had for 9 days. But am realizing that he/she doesn't step up, is top of cage dependent,(a deal breaker is that this one doesn't climb down from cage, can't go thru that again(I've moved her/him willingly to a better cage)he/she won't allow any touch. I have SO many questions, but the #1 would be is there any hope 'Shelby' will EVER allow me to touch/or have him/her to step up ? I know those bites sting on the smaller, so I'm scared on this one. AM I TOO OLD ?? lol Give it to me straight ya'll )))

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-06
    NO YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD AND YES THIS WILL (NOTE I SAID WILL) work out just fine. Meyers are a little - well actually quite a bit more difficult than a conure. Meyers are loving and excellent body language and great companions. Conures don't have much of an independent bone in their body. They need crave companionship. Right now it is frightened and who knows what has happened in the past. Cage dependent - that is the hardest part is getting little Shelby to come off his cage. Talk to him, sing, hand him treats etc. Allow him and yourself the time it needs to not be afriad. Probably this will happen for both of you around the same time. Shelby is 16 and you have lots of time with Shelby to get to know each other. Cheerios are great treats and mine loves macoroni and tuna. Feed him off his cage the GOOD stuff. If you caqn let him eat off your plate or set a plate for him at the table. Anything to get him off his cage and sitting by you. Conures are velcro birds and once you have him off the cage - Shelby will want to be by you so just let him train you. Listen and learn and love the little fella. Conures are sooo very very social and loving. Major difference of opinion on people here but I do not clip wings. I teach them windows, walls etc and show them safe landings like bed, my head and sofas etc. I have had birds die as wings were clipped but never any problems with no clipping. The big guys walk around the house but my conure just flies from room to room with me or is always on my shoulder. If the conure can fly - doubt it would get down on the floor. Conures are really easy to housebreak as return to perch or cage to potty - So conure is a great wonderful very social parrot and certaibnly one of the easier ones to form a bond with. It will take less time with a conure just because of their social nature. Conures are just not agressive by nature even while nesting much of the time. Expressive so they will train you well and you will learn quickly. They are also clowns and will go upside down, hang from your hair or shirt, sneak under the covers on the bed etc. Lots of luck and just go for it. I do not like BITE either - do not like. Meyers is a pinch bite and you recover quick. Conure is a grab and doesn't hurt as much but yes, watch Shelby and you will be able to tell if he is upset to the point where he will bite. Remember, it is only going to be fear with a conure which causes a bite - not aggression or territory so go slow.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-01-07
    oh, oh, I found out Shelby rather likes tacos beef (just a tiny tiny piece) but it's like the biggest present!! Anything to say..Donnas fingers symbolize...'good':)))
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-07
    Ahh you are welcome. So many do not realize what wonderful companions birds and other animals are-- mine are my children to and my bestest friends. So I know you will have a wonderful friend in your new little one. Relax and enjoy.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-01-07
    Charlie, tears really tears...I needed and still will need that 'at a gal' buck it up mentality!!! My mom passed on in 1997 and Meyers was bought as a rememberance of her. So we grew up together. She actually died near midnite the exact same night Saddam Hussein was captured (imagine that)... I love my critters, and probably the Dog Whisperer would have a coronary around me... My animals ARE my little ones. Thank you thank you for taking time to do what you've done. Always open for MORE info as I feel like I have little freaking clue if I'm mending or messing up on this little one .
  • Renae - 2012-01-12
    I'll do my best to give it to you straight. You can't replace the bird you lost and you can't expect for the new one to know how you want it to act. IT TAKES TIME. It takes YEARS sometimes. When you take in a bird that is older and passed around you take on all the baggage they have collected too. Don't give up, know that there simply are not that many people out there that know what to do or how to help these type birds. See if you wrap a towel over your arm if it will step up on that. I've seen some that feel better stepping on something they know they can grab if they loose their balance. We are on our seventh year with a very abused African Grey. She was REMOVED from a home due to conditions. The guy that had her pulled her feathers to make her mind better and his arms looked like hamburger because she let him know she hated him. She saw me with the other birds and knew I didn't do mean things so she was able to trust me sooner but my husband is just now able to move her without towels. Seven years but she will actually get down and go sit with him sometimes. Little by little we will win her over but we don't push. She is our best eater, the bird that never does anything wrong, never picks on the other birds. Was it worth waiting seven years? You bet it was. I look forward to seeing her continue to learn to trust us and enjoy the kisses I give her. BTW I can now pet her and touch her anywhere without worry.
    At the time you wrote this you had given her nine days? Seriously? Sorry but they don't work on our time table and you will have to undo what ever crap has been done prior to your care. I think the biggest problem is that people don't think they have the depth of emotion they have. They have long memories and their intelligence is greater than some of the people I know. lol Your dealing with an intelligence of about a five year old child. Change will not occur over night. If you adopted a five year old abused child would you expect it to be back to normal in nine days? Your age is probably more of a good thing than bad. You have the wisdom, life isn't quite as demanding on you, and you probably already know that change takes time. You also know that there will be great satisfaction when that change comes. Take notes so you can see that change is being made. One possible way to win over a conure might be a shower. Buy a shower head that has a mister setting. When your done with your shower, adjust the temp to luke warm and get the bird. It was how my husband convinced our Conure that stepping up might bring a reward. Silly bird loves his showers. Good luck and don't give up.
  • Donna Kepner-Wynn - 2012-02-15
    Renae, Really thanks for the words of wisdom. I'm still learning daily as she has such a different personality since we didnt grow up. And I don't know her history. We are now going into our 2 months together. I'm just letting
    her go at her own pace. but I had tried for 3 days, the with holding food to only morning and evening, as an 'expert' that has teaching tapes suggested. I found her to be MORE nippy (I would be if someone did that to ME) I am finding nuggets of surprise, in her past life, she was taught to say 'Hello Stupid' (which Im trying to change to Hello Sweetie) and I tried to share a fruit icee on my finger with her and noticed she would raise her foot and put a nail into her own mouth!! I will try the towel wrapped on my arm. If I have a long sleeved shirt on I try to wrap my arms on the top of the cage, but ony 35% of the time does she not escape me by ducking and running. (I also don't wanna stress her out too much. I have no children (by choice) (now THEY scare me) lol. I have a new bigger cage 6 ft, to move her to, once I get her to step up. But dont know how to stagger
    perches..I think I might be overdoing it. Any pearls of wisdom?