Animal Stories - Half-Moon Conure

Animal-World Information about: Half-Moon Conure

   A happy little bird, the Half-Moon Conure has a wonderful temperament and is very friendly. They are very popular and fun pets!
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Teresa - 2013-01-17
Hello! I just purchased a 5 yr old breeding pair of Half Moon Conures a couple of months ago from another breeder who was getting out of the bird business. They settled into their new environment very quickly. They have been mating like crazy and now she has been laying eggs for the past week. She has laid 3 eggs so far and I don't think she is finished yet. In the past she has laid up to 5 eggs and they have usually had 4 babies in a clutch. The previous owner said that they are very good parents. I will be pulling the babies after two weeks to continue hand feeding them. I will be selling the babies for $300.00 If you are interested, you can respond to this ad. I live in Montana and I will ship if necessary. All shipping expenses will be up to you. Thank you and have a great day everyone!

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  • Santa - 2013-04-03
    Hi my name is santa and my mom is interested in purchasing one of your baby half moon parrots. We live here in Los angeles and we are wondering how we can purchase a parrot from you. We are not sure how we would be able to get the bird by shipping. We are good people.
  • Teresa - 2013-04-06
    Hello! I have some hand fed babies that will be ready in about a week. I have been in the process of weaning them and I want to make sure they are eating well on their own. You can check with the airlines to see what the shipping cost would be from Bozeman, Montana to your airport. Thank you for your interest! I look forward to hearing from you.
  • joanne - 2013-04-29
    Hi! I'm also interested in a half moon baby. But probably a baby from your next batch. When will you be having your next set of babies? Do u have a website? Email? My airport is San Francisco. I'm in the bay area. Thankyou!
  • Joanne Klaus - 2014-02-12
    Hi Teresa: Do you still have and breed Half-Moon Conures? I'd love to buy a female, or one you believe to be female, as sexing is risky, I realize. There arent many available and they're such gems! I live in Sioux City, Iowa. Please email: or call/text 712-253-7750 Thank-you, Joanne
  • Courtney - 2014-03-28
    I have been looking for a half moon for a long time. Are you still breeding? Please contact me with more information.
  • Lourdes - 2014-09-15
    Please let me know if you have any half moon babies available. If you don't at present, pls tell me when you expect some. I have been looking for these babies for a long time now. Pls respond as soon as you can.thanks,
Anonymous - 2014-06-17
Pepino loves to be touched! He is a 1 yr old halfmoon conure, demands to be constantly attended to. Can sit on a shoulder all day long, grooms and lets you kiss, and caress his feathers, wings head and under beak. He's a lovely guy (don't know sex so just guessing), loves my husband. And loves to sleep on our chest or in his fur house. Does not say much just 'Pepino' and kissy sounds.

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  • Joanne - 2014-06-25
    Do you or does anyone know a reputable breeder who has Half Moons for sale? I'd love to have one!
Toni - 2006-10-09
We adopted Joshua at 3 months - and little did we know what a ball of fire we got! He's now 3 1/2 years old and talks no-stop; people will ask how many words he knows, and I just say as many as he wants! When not at home we let him and our little Shih-Tzu, Dixie watch cartoons; so now he's picking up some of their words, the latest being "Okey, dokey, dokey," & we are are saying it too! Bad enough when your pets imitate you, but worse when you find yourself imitating them! We had Dixie for 3 years prior to getting Joshua, she was not thrilled when he came in, but, for him, it was instant love. He loves that little dog and throws her carrots and green beans all day...he tells her to go "Pee Pee" and then says "Good Girl" afterwards! When she comes in he asks if she wants a "Cookie or a Carrot." She in turn, tolerates him now, after all, Joshua is a good food source!
PROS for having a Half Moon: Intelligent, will reward you 10-fold if you take care of them. They are family friendly with us, love me the most and my husband second,(of course, after Dixie!). Beautiful little birds. Loves to ride on my shoulder all day. Will stay on perch without wondering. Definite talkers! And looove you so...
CONS - if spoiled, they will call (or yell) for you by name until you pay attention. Can be loud, & nippy. One thing we hate is that while Joshua lets us kiss him, play bite, and steps up, he won't let us touch his body with fingers or be picked up. Having spoken with several other Half Moon folks, found out that they have the same problem. Don't know if it's breed characteristic, or just coincidence. After 3 years of trying, he now lets us touch his back (if we do it quick!).
All in all, they are definite keepers and worth a little noise & nip for all of the love you get.

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  • LYNND - 2011-12-09
    Most birds instinctively resist having their feathers and bodies handled too much. They aren't like cats and dogs in this way. It's rare for a bird to want to be handled, other than sitting on a finger. In my observation, it is usually the bigger parrots, like Cockatoos, that like to be petted or scratched on the head (rarely on the back or wings, however). If a bird is going to enjoy being handled, it is usually because it is hand fed and super trusting of the one or two people who are permitted to do so.
  • Patricia - 2013-09-11
    Hi. I had a half moon for 13.5 years. (She recently passed away 4 days ago and I miss her terribly.) She let me hold her all the time, flip her over and rub her stomach, kiss her, etc. She did not like to be held in a wash cloth like my other Green Cheeked Conure. The Green Cheek liked to sleep in a hut. The half moon did not. My half moon had a personality plus. She danced, yelled, talked, etc. She will be missed.
Tammie - 2006-10-08
I have a wonderful Half-Moon conure named Frankie. He is incredibly intelligent, happy, outgoing and a great talker. He is not yet 6 months old and says the following phrases, already:
Hello Frankie
Pretty Bird
Such a Pretty Bird
Good Boy
Step Up
Ouch (which he learned to say when he would nip my finger)
He whistles the "cat call" sound and is beginning to whistle the Andy Griffith Show song!

He's a great little bird, allows me to scratch his cheeks and head and loves attention. I'd recommend this species to anyone who is interested in a pet bird.

thomas sanchez - 2013-05-03
I have two yellow crowned parrots. They had a clutch of three eggs And My question is do I lettThe parrots feed their young or should I hand feed them? Also if so should I change their diet to a better quality food or are the pellets and mix good enough? She's a very good mother as far as staying on the eggs all day so seems to be successful. Please help with any information please and thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-05-03
    I would first let the parents feed them. If it appears that they are not feeding them or caring for them, then there might be indication for you to step in. Otherwise you can let the parents do it. However, if you want to hand feed, make sure you know the correct techniques, as handfeeding can be difficult!
Tommy s. - 2012-03-18
Well after reading all these comments, makes me want to grab me a half moon now , always loved parrots all my life. When I was younger my dad got me my very first parrot a Quaker parrot when I was like 11. I was so happy then my brother left the window open, then you know what happen next ! :( then I decided to save me my own $$$ and bought me my own parrot! ANOTHER Quaker again! And this time my dad had the door open and my parrot flew on my dad shoulder and my dad got scared panic and hit my baby, and my baby got scared and flew away and never came back :(!! Sucks wish I still had them! Very smart birds. But now that I'm much much older and I kinda decided to get me another bird! And want my two kids to fall in love with parrots also! So I'm searching and a half moon would do so good for my house old!!! :)

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  • Jean - 2012-06-28
    Hi there Tommy, We have that exact parrot and we are looking for a good home, we rescused him about 8 mths ago. He flew to us in our backyard. So made him a home but we are no longer able to keep him because of busy schedules, grandchildren on the way. Are you still looking? if so please reply ASAP. thank you, Jean
  • leonel gonzalez - 2012-08-13
    We had two half moon parrots, called Merlin and Dolly for 7 years, Merlin died 4 days ago , and Dolly is now too sad. so we are looking for a male same parrot. If you still have yours , my son , my wife and I , are really interesting in the one that you have. We live in los angeles California cell # 323 382 23 93 . thanks for your atention
  • Victoria Fernandez - 2012-11-10
    Jean do you still have him? I'm very interested!
  • Victoria Fernandez - 2012-11-10
    Jean do you still have him? I'm very interested!
penny - 2012-04-18
I have a half moon for 23 yrs. she is very active and can talk all day loves to call me. She is my alarm clock at 5am she gets me up for work and then lets me know to clean her cage. Clean cage one hundred times until its done. She no longer sleeps on her perch but loves to sleep under bounty paper towel. I don't know how long they live but she has outlived 2 dogs.

alvaro gonzalez - 2006-10-07
I would like to give a warning to half-moon conure lovers. My baby died a couple of weeks ago at the hands of a competent vet where I live, Miami, that as a part of a yearly checkup drew blood from her. By doing that he somehow caused her to have an internal blood hemorrage. She died a couple of minutes later. She was perfectly healthy and didn't need to go see the vet, but I loved her so much I took her in to make sure everything was all right. If I would have ever been told or read somewhere that small birds can experience something like this, I never would have taken the chance. Her death has totally devastated me and changed my life forever, not to mention the emptiness I feel at all times. I suppose only an owner and lover of this bird knows what I mean. So please warn all those that own half-moon conures that there is always a possbility that when they take their beloved birds to the vet, and have him draw blood, that the bord might just die.

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  • LYNND - 2011-12-09
    I lost an adopted Half Moon Conure after just three years due to a sudden bleed out. It occurred in the early AM and it was discovered after he bled to death. He had not suffered an injury. Subsequently, I learned about something called Conure Bleeding Disorder. It is thought to affect some species more than others, and the Half Moon variety is one of them. It is thought to be a clotting disorder. The debate has not been settled as to whether or not it is a virus of some kind or dietary deficiency of calcium and vitamin K (which comes almost exclusively from green vegetables and not from fruits or other types of foods).

    All it took for him to bleed to death was about 1 tablespoon of blood from the nostril and mouth and there was no sign of any clotting.

    Our Half Moon Conure, Ricky Doodle, had a vocabulary of 60 words (including phrases). He was picking up new things all the time. He knew exactly what he was saying and would insist that we come "right now". He could identify my husband and I by name. He also was beginning to identify certain foods by name. We lost him February 26, 2011 and it is still breaking our hearts like the death of a child (because we have no children and he was our baby).

    If you own one of the conure species that is susceptible do not get blood drawn and do not assume that a fruit, seed or pellet-heavy diet is adequate. If your veterinarian isn't familiar with CBD, find another one ASAP. We, too, had him in for a healthy bird checkup and were not warned of this common and hearbreaking problem.
Chelsea - 2010-11-06
Well when i moved out of my mothers house to live on my own i thought a bird would be the perfect pet since i'm allergic to pet hair. thats when i met the man of my life titto. he is a half moon conure that is only about 4 months old. i've been trying to teach him to talk but all he seems to want to do is screech... all day long from 6:30 in the morning till 10:30 at night. but he is so loveable and spoiled. he loves all of his toys ecspecially the ones with the bellls.
i think the funniest thing about my bird is he can't stand my boyfriend. i truley think it because he's getting jellious. titto has met my whole family as is nice to all of them except my boyfriend. he tries to bite him and yells over him when he tries to talk. i think its so funny and just wanted to share that to everyone that is looking to get one. i wouldn't recomend it if you live in a apartment with grumpy neighbors lol they are pretty loud.

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  • Bunny Gudgeon - 2011-07-22
    Hello darlin.....You have figured out Half Moon conures. They are the best of the best as far as small parrots go. Yes...they can be noisy. But..not if you give them enough attention. And yes....they are jealous and want your attention. So...the best thing for you to do is include your birdies and your boyfriends together in activities. The more they bond with you and your lover...the better. All they want is your happiness. They are incredible bird beings.!!!
Anonymous - 2010-04-01
It is not true that these birds are available to people who live in Mexico. It is illegal to purchase them since most of the birds are captured from the wild, not cared for and just sold for a couple bucks. They are lovely creatures and amazing pets, however, if you are considering getting one, make sure it's from a breeder! Leave the wild alone!

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-05
    Availability of birds today (at least in the United States) is from captive bred stock. From what you say, it sounds like Mexico has banned ownership of these birds.

    I assume you mean wild-caught birds. As stated below, "Legislation in most Neotropical countries criminalises trade but not the ownership of wild birds". Yet it is difficult to locate many bird breeders in Mexico via the internet. I was only able to find a handful, and the types of birds are quite diverse.

    Regarding legality and status:

    The Half-Moon Conure Aratinga canicularis is listed on the IUNC Red List of Endangered Species as LC = Least Concern. The main threats to Neotropical parrot species are habitat loss, hunting, and the live bird trade.

    Regarding trade:

    A report published in January 2007 presents a clear picture of the wild-caught parrot trade in Mexico, stating: "The majority of parrots captured in Mexico stay in the country for the domestic trade. A small percentage of this capture, 4% to 14%, is smuggled into the USA."
    (Juan Carlos Cantú Guzmán, Director of Programs, Defenders of Wildlife México "The Illegal Parrot Trade in Mexico: A Comprehensive Assessment". Published in 2007)

    Another report states: "Indeed, even though most countries ban trade in wild birds, it is still possible to see wild parrots being sold in markets, along rural roads, and even in pet shops. Legislation in most Neotropical countries criminalises trade but not the ownership of wild birds. As a result, enforcement is usually negligible or erratic..." (IUCN's "Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2000-2004")