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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Mary Gueli-Corp - 2011-10-15
I bought a blue crown conure from a pet store his name is tiki and he is 3 yrs old but unfortunatley i am his 3rd owner and for the life of me i cannot stop him from biting i work with him faithfully and cannot get him to step up if he is top cage if he is bottom he will buy he is very nervous. i have had him for about 6 days. i hope i can get him to stop biting he got me good yesterday. CAN ANYONE GIVE SUGGESTIONS HELP!!!!!!!!!!

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  • karen - 2011-11-10
    pine nuts and small pieces of cheese - these two treats work wonders (at least for me and my opinionated and bitey blue crowned).
  • Scott Watkins - 2011-11-29
    You have a long road. I was given a 3 year old blue crown, and he was vicious. He bit everyone, and screeched, and was generally hated by the first owner. I was told that taming a BC of that age was impossible. I got him ( Maximillian ), and spent 3 months gaining his trust. I would coax him with goodies until he let me touch him. After about 6 months, he would perch on my finger. Then one day into the ninth month I opened the cage and it was like magic. He climbed onto my finger, and up my arm and on my shoulder. He began grooming me, and I was his buddy for life. He began trusting other humans, and talked, played, and was smart as a whip. He even played jokes; made kissy noises at my stepdaughter ( whom he hated, long story short; she was a brat ), and when she kissed him he bit her lower lip really well and then proceeded to laugh at her! Taming it will take a long time, but it's worth every second.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    You don't have to go fast. You have a whole bunch of years so a few weeks one way or the other won't make a difference. He is biting from the top of his cage as he is protecting his territory and himself. He is frightened if you approach his cage when he is inside it as your hand looks like King Kong to him and he has no where to go. He is frightened. Start with hand feeding with your hand, pine nuts, cheerios anything he likes while he is on the top of his cage. You are just trying to feed him - not pick him up. Eventually he will come to you for the treats. When he is comfortable with you and comes for the treat, you can just pet him very gently on the top of his head for a few seconds. Then pet a little longer. Watch the bird and learn from his body language what is acceptable to him. He will come to you. He is just very frightened now and you should just let him settle in and be comfortable - he will approach you. This is also up to you but I never clip a conures wings (heated debate there) as they are such Velcro birds and will constantly stay with their owners around the home. They will fly to me and they will also stay on top of their cage (sometimes) and play on the operch and with toys. They always fly back to their cage or perch to potty. Conures make a lot of noise if they aren't with their 'flock'. Yep, I have to watch doors windows etc but so worth it to me. That little fella once he realizes you are not going to hurt him will come to you.
  • Cynthia - 2011-12-27
    I adopted a blue crown conure, age about 5 years. He was left on his own in a small room. No company, sunlight, proper food, etc. I took her straight to our vet for a proper examination and advise of how and what. Had his wings trimmed, manicure, penicure, etc. Within a month I could let him out to wonder around and on top of the cage. First allowed him to scratch my head 'koppie krap' and slowly took things step by step. Before 3 months, he got onto my shoulder, started talking, calling and did not bite so much. He still bites me but not as hard and I gently reprimand him and put him back on the cage. Have him now for 6 months and have fallen head over hills in love with each other. Hang in there, it will get better. Good luck
Connie vernon - 2011-07-29
I just bought a Blue Conure today and he had been pulling his feathers out. The guys said he doesn't like kids but they also had another bird that they fooled with. I don't think they gave Frankie very much attention.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    Conures crave, want desire human company or the socialization with a flock. They are notorius for feather plucking if not given attention. Conures like kids - they like everything and sometimes I think the mor commotion - the better. They love and thrive on attention.
    They want toys and things to play with but they are extremely content as a velcro bird - sitting with you. I would also suggest some good misting or if the conure likes, then under the sprayer in the kitchen sing. Take him in the shower. He wants attention and I am sure you are right in that he just didn't get any.
  • Stephanie Hastings - 2011-07-31
    I would have a vet see yours as that can be a very dangerous thing and is stressful.
  • karen - 2011-11-10
    I'm in agreement with Charlie - my conure also plucks and I've been to the vet (on more than one occasion), who is also a behavioral modification specialist. After a very lengthy conversation with the vet about specific issues and situations, the diagnosis is "separation anxiety." misting and a good array of chew toys helps - vet also recommended Bac's Rescue Remedy - but I'm not really seeing any results with that. It is frustrating - it's the most frustrating situation I've encountered ....
  • jennifer - 2011-11-14
    I have a 10 yr old that my late husband raised for 8 yrs from a chick. He attacked me persistently for the first year then, with Jeff's coaxing, calmed down eventually. Jeff died 2 yrs ago, so for 2+yrs I have been Cozmo's one and only human. He is physically ON me during most waking hours. Rides on my shoulder around town (wings clipped), climbs up and down my body while I am busy around the house. His only loud vocalizations are 1 )intruder alert 2) skwack for food if I am eating and not IMMEDIATELY allowing him to take food from my mouth. I recommend to everyone: gentle hands-on touch, neck stroking, gaining familiar trust with that and feeding seeds from jar lid, small tidbits from mouth if you have built trust. In addition to a variety of nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies (good luck with anything green...) try 1/4tsp. Ensure out of the cap top. Provides vitamins, minerals and protein. My guy loves dairy and pasta-teensy amts. ok. His favorite English word is ICE CREAM!?! Mom? Please hehehehee. Dad was an entertainer. Seriously, pass this on--1/4/tsp Ensure (WITH NORMAL DIET and only if they lean in and want it) calms nerves and adds to fun loving behavior. Matches vitamin and mineral contents of avian vites TINY AMOUNTS tho--test drive it and monitor all intake/output/stool consistency. If your bird is nervous, stroke their beak, top of head and back of neck. SLOWLY GENTLY Have someone do it to you so that you understand the dynamics, if they lean in, it feels good and you are doing it right.
    I am a wildlife biologist, Cozmo is my first exotic bird, so I am just sharing my experiences with HIM. He plucks and grooms a lot, but not to baldness Tons of love, reassurance and attention along with varied diet seem to be key. Good luck and let me know.-J
susan - 2011-10-12
I have had my blue crowned connure for about 8 years. I bought him from a pet shop that no longer exists. He had been there for at least 2 years. I don't really know how old he is. He started pluking his feathers several years ago, I know this is not unusual for connures, his feathers do not grow back now in some places but he can fly. His wings,back and head are the only places he has feathers. He is such a fun bird. He tries to sing when I sing. I taught him to play peek a boo and when he plays with me he also raises his foot to his eye and says peek a boo. There are many other praises he is able to say.

eddie mc d. - 2011-08-21
Did y'all know there was a conure native to south carolina at one time...... the last one died about 1816 something like that I think. They have cousins in Mexico.........I think please forgive me for spelling ......been awhile since I have been online typing too.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
    Yep the Carolina Conure or parakeet - I believe. They became extinct because of many things, loss of habitat, loss of breeding, capture as they would return to the site where a flock member had died - or mate - so easy to capture. Only native conure to the United States. Last known one was at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918 but had largely dissapeared before that for many years.
    What do you mean cousins in Mexico - what are they called?
eddie mcdaniel - 2011-08-21
I have two raised from babies. Their parents was ginger and spice .... schreech and swauqh is the name of these two brother and sister..I can tell one is wider is slimmer..........about 15 years old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
    It works most of the time when someone sees it and it is pointed out to them as to the differences. Heads and body shapes are usually pretty obvious - but not to the novice.
kylie - 2008-12-02
I bought a blue crown conure only two days ago and he is a hoot! I had been looking every where for the bird that was right for me. It first started when I saw a Sun Conure at a petsmart and I was wowed by how beautiful this bird was! It had been about a month since I started researching the conure and cockatoo species when I was contacted by a man who was selling his Blue Crown Conure. We talked about the conure for a while then I asked if I could swing by and take a look at the bird. It was love at first sight! I took him home that night and got him comfortable. I had two lovebirds before but I now absolutely love my Chewy! He is 6 yrs old and says "hello", "Whatyadoin?", "Pretty Bird", and whistles the Andy Griffith Show Theme song. He is sooo cute! When I walk into the room Chewy wolf whistles at me, I just want to snuggle with him all the time. I am now working on finding a companion for him, but I'm not sure if he has an aggression towards other birds. Chewy and Kylie

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  • Pat - 2011-01-08
    Always remember when we get a bird for our bird, that many times they bond with the other bird and no longer desire our attention as much. They can really change when another bird is brought into the picture. I do have experience. Presently, we have 2 Macaws, 4 conures, 2 parrotlets, 8 cockatiels, and 2 finches. We have been bird people for about the last 12 years. It has been a rare case where a bird stayed sweet, but I did have one. Her friend is not friendly but she remains sweet, but stays bust a lot with her mate. Best wishes to you. From one bird person to another.
Maura - 2010-12-19
My husband and I just adopted a Blue Crown Conure from our local humane society. We were wondering what to feed her since all our other birds are on a pellet diet? We have tried several things but she really likes her seeds. Can someone help?

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  • Peter Letendre - 2010-12-26
    Our conure loves goldfish (crackers), and eats them daily, in fact as his main food. He also likes peanuts (shelled). He takes a try of any food that we eat, but does not like vegetables, but eats a small piece of chicken or meat.
  • john roberts - 2011-02-07
    I would suggest zepreem conure food supplemented with some what we call wet food ours usually consists of cooked pasta, a few sunflower seeds, fruits usually pineapple apples mango raisin sometimes assorted berrys cooked rice and a variety or veggies. Try not to feed your conures too many seeds or nuts they are high in fat and may cause weight gain in your birds which can be quite unhealthy. We have a wonderful blue crown and three sun conures and a padagonian we love very much and want them to be health and happy.
  • rose wabeke - 2011-06-26
    Try giving it fruits. Also just received one a guy just gave it to me. Didn't like the noise that it made. S0 FAR I am able to pet it. I give mine small chucks of apple, loves it.
  • Stephanie Hastings - 2011-07-31
    Actually a pelleted diet is much healthier. I would supplement that with fresh fruit and veggies and call it good.
Kirsten - 2011-01-27
My blue crowned Conure has recently started losing some of his tail feathers..should I be concerned?

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  • Stephanie Hastings - 2011-07-31
    I wouldn't be, it sounds like your bird is just shedding his old feathers, new ones will grow back. If he starts plucking his feathers however you should seek the help of an avian vet who can help you find something to help him.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-01
    My birds are all losing their feathers right now. They go through a complete molt and get 100% all new feathers around August/Sept time frame. You can always notice cuz you have large feathers but all thrse little feathers that just fly around. The down (the little white feathers) they grow in the winter - they usually shed that around Feb - they fly all over.
Tania - 2010-12-13
Couple days ago I bought a Blue Crown Conure with a large cage. I'm not sure but someone told me that is male. He is 6 months age. He started talking in Pet shop. Right now he is very shy. I'm trying to talk him a lot of and give him affection. I'm from Italy and I never saw this bird before. I hope He will be a good mascot.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-08
    Mascot is probably not the right word. Blue Crown's are highly intelligent and respond greatly to daily human interaction. Parrots bond with their humans and should not spend too much time alone. Having a bird is not like having a cat or dog, and takes much patience. Hold him dear and you will have the best friend ever!
stacey - 2011-01-02
I have a blue crown conure called jasper, he's about 10 now. When I first got him he was about 1 and he was nice to everyone at first. But, he has seemed to pair to me and I'm the only one that can touch him and everyone else is scared to even try to touch him. Does anyone know if I can change this aggressive behaviour? He's my little baby and I want everyone else to see how clever and cute he actually is.