Animal Stories - Patagonian Conure

Animal-World Information about: Patagonian Conure

   The Greater Patagonian Conure is sometimes known as the Burrowing Parrot or the Bank-burrowing Parrot. This is because they have been known to 'burrow' up to 6 FEET into the side of a cliff or a bank just to build their nest!
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Pauline Bras - 2014-08-17
My patagonian conure has for the last four weeks had a lame left wing which seems to only get worse It is not broken but hr just lets it hang and does not use it at all please help any suggestions what could have caused this he did not hurt himself

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  • Anonymous - 2014-08-17
    It sounds like a visit to the vet is in order.
Gustavo - 2005-08-30
Indeed, "patagonia" means big foot. it

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  • renee - 2011-01-15
    Hi I lost my jenday conure, and I live alone was just me and angel, 25 yrs then one day I found her on bottom of cage wrapped her in blanket ran to vet beg help me I'll pay payments, I live on disability, but I took good care of angel, well a lady offered me this patagonian conure, she told me she is a cockatoo person, she had this breed for 8 mos says she was told it was 5yrs old and the lady kept on her shoulder and did everything with her, she is cage bound, I have to get towel and hide cage to spend time with her, she has bitten me till I was bleeding, but I am still working on trying to get a bond, lady changed her name she had for 5 yrs she has called her another name, her name was molly so I am calling her molly and she seems to know that name, since she has spent 8 mos in cage with not much attention can this bird be returned after this treatment she has been through, if anyone could let me know I fed zupreen pletts, but she has been on seeds, not used to this breed of conure and not much infor on web either, please give me any ideas, do they not like too sit on your shoulder very long I had to make my jenday get in cage to eat and drink water, lost my bird 2006, thanks renee
  • Robin - 2013-12-23
    About your Jenday Concure: I had a conure that was 4 yrs old when I got her. I tried for over a year to make nice with her. I did learn one thing they can be cage aggressive. So try letting the bird out and let it fly somewhere then try picking it up. Mine would do that and ride on my shoulders while I cleaned the house. But she would bite me coming and going sometimes. I finally just could not deal with her behavior and ended up selling her to a woman who already had a conure and wanted a play mate for hers. She also let hers out of the cage for 8 hours a day, something I could not do. My bird is now very happy and thriving in her home. ( Not saying you should get rid of yours) But I am just trying to let you know they are very cage aggressive birds. Also if she was sitting on my Cockatiels cages and I couldn't get her on my finger to put her back. I would slowly move something (like the remote to the TV), I would come slowly behind her while I had my finger up for her to step up in and she would with out biting me. I talked to a woman who told me that once a conure has bad behavior it is so hard to change them. I am not sure if that is true or not but I know I tried with mine and got no where. She just wasn't happy and I could tell. But I get pictures of her and she is very happy now.
Bernardette Dixon - 2007-01-28
When I brought my Greater Patagonian, Dominic, home I was given some wrong information apparently. I was told that Patagonians live about 50 years. On looking up info on the internet, I find that "although Patagonians on occasion will live to 25, the average life span is 12 years old" Well, I must be doing something right, because Dominic is now a happy, healthy, extremely playful 25 years old and has been with me the entire time. We are so close after all these years that he understands everything I say and every move I make. I am now retired and it's just the two of us, so it's like having a perennial two-year-old around the house. Dom has a vocabulary of 50 different words and phrases and uses them appropriately. He loves to cuddle and I have learned from living with him for 25 years that many bird "experts" are wrong when they say parrots merely mimic what they hear and have no understanding of what they are saying. The ones who say that birds (and other animals) have no emotions or feelings or empathy are also wrong and have obviously never been in a close living situation with a Patagonian.

Bernardette Dixon
Escondido, California

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-23
    my patagonian is 26 years old, still healthy and happy. she loves to sing and play , laughs alot too not sure how long the life span is , I must being doing something right ... alot of people don't like this kind of bird ..due to her making loud noises, you do get use her ...she loves to sit on your shoulder too...
Reply - 2012-12-27
I have had my paddi for 4yrs.he was a hatchling when we got him'kalihi'.named after the town of kalihi,ohau husband found him in a 'bird mill'he didn't even know what that was till I explained back home in Wisconsin I have to tell you he is my best friend.he eats anything and everything he can he barely is ever in his cage and 'fathers'all 4 of my kids.he's the most loyal and loving thing I've ever saw and couldn't imagine life without him.we've been thru thick and thin and have went thru everything from severe biting to attitude to molting really bad to every behavior you can think it gifted but I got him thru every step and now he just blows peoples live my conjure.good luck to all

shirley howard - 2012-09-12

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  • Dawn - 2012-09-12
    It could be stress induced, dietary or breeding behavior. Take Harley to an Avian vet to rule out illness or Pbfd.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-12
    Conures have a tendecny to pluck if they get bored or understress or something changes big time in the home.  I'd try some new toys, give him some paper towel to tear up or better yet - get some cash register paper rolls at staples and just put them on a dog chain - they love to pull the papper and tear it to shreds.  Beter than their feathers.  Stpritz with aloe bird bath and think - this time of year they are motling - big molt of the year.  So more things to plat with, more attention if you can, somethng to tear apart - even a fruit tree branch, leave cartons or buy a couple of movies with music and cartoons for him to watch - RIO is good. Surfs up, they do watch them.  So more entertainment -  try vet but i really doubt beak and feather cuz you have had him to long unless he has been exposed - and how- doesn't work - but possible thyroid. 
Annelie Dietrich - 2010-02-04
We are addicted to our Pattis. We have both a male and female, but not a breeding pair. These are the most awesome pets, noisy and rule the household, but lovable beyond words. Could someone advise me, if their birds have experienced any form of fits, similar to epilepsy. Out vet prescribed additional calcium feeding. Also the one bird is nearing 18 years old, and if they experience a loss of balance, and or disorientation. Can someone also advise the life span for these babies... Much appreciated. Regards

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  • susan - 2010-04-27
    I have read the life span is about 30 years. I was wondering how to tell the male from the female.
  • Dawn Jensen - 2010-05-12
    Can anyone help me.. we just adopted "Rudy" and he was so loving when we adopted him from a rescue and now he is being very aggressive and wants to bite all the time... at a loss here! He used to step up on my finger and now all he wants to do is draw blood! What can I do? Help>>>
  • Paul - 2010-06-24
    Susan - the only way to identify males from females is by genetic testing. Your vet should know how to draw a little blood and where to have it sent.

    Dawn - our Charlie went through the same stage when he was maturing. We would "punish" him by closing the cage door and walking away, sometimes covering it, since he loves to be around us. Good behavior got a peanut as a reward (he is an addict). It took some weeks but he is a smart bird. Doesn't mean he won't still bite on occasion, chewing is in their nature. When he does, he is back in his cage.
  • cherisse - 2011-07-22
    Hi there,
    We also have a patty:) he had symptoms of epilepsy, which was a result of lead poisoning:( We were very lucky to find a bird specialist that knew what to do and got him sorted:) he's alright now. If you like here is the vets number if you would like to get a second opinion. He's names Philip 0114758680 (south africa). He's very passionate about his birds and we wouldn't go anywhere else. For now just to be safe, give your birds some peanut butter to eat. It helps bind anything in the stomach that shouldn't be there and gets it out the system. If you need to know anything else, my email address is, feel free to send me a email if you need to:)
  • Carl Moore - 2012-07-09
    Dear Dawn: We have found a time out in a very dark cardboard box for 15-20 minutes is a blessing!!! also, when you take your Patti out of the cage gently insert a dowell rod into the cage and he'll hop on that and do a side scoot onto your arm!!!(this is great I do it all the time now, and in time your bird will learn this behavior pattern in a Pavlovian kind of way.
Ann - 2012-06-06
I just got a patigonian conure (less than a week ago), he has some issues stepping up but other than that, he is so sweet and loves to cuddle! He is loud but I don't mind. I have a life long friend once we get to know each other :)

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  • Carl Moore - 2012-07-09
    Dear Anne: Great choice for a bird!!! We have had 'OZZY' for about 10 years and let me tell you what I know so far!! They are very lovable and will change their behavior 'IN' the nest to a more docile behavior 'Out' of the nest. Mine loves a variety of seeds and fruits, also plain doritos or plain corn chips, Want some entertainment? Put a freshly cooked, and cooled kernal of corn on a spoon and put it in front of your bird's beak, he'll pull out the pulp from the kernal and spit out the skin!!! it's hillarious to watch!!!! Yes a life-long relationship is to be expected with your Paddi, as their lifespan is around 45 -50 years!! (no kiddin!!) Let your Paddi enjoy lots of 'out of cage time' by sitting on your shoulder. walk around the house and do your choreres, or just make lunch, as long as your movements are fluid and not jerky, (he'll launch if you make jerky movements)you can let your paddi ride around on your shoulder for up to 20 minutes, after that they tend to get hungry and thirsty, so make sure he gets to that foodsource!!! Enjoy your Paddi Carl Moore
Randy Frito - 2010-06-24
I have had a "patti" for about two years. His name is Squeakers. He is loud and very protective of his cage. He seems to be in love with one of my amazon parrots. I love him so much but he does not like to be with me. He will bite if I try to take him from his very large cage. I live in Mexico and I want to buy him a mate. These birds are not common here in Mexico so it could be awhile before I find one. Everyday I sit by his cage while working on my computer. I tell him how beautiful he is and how much I love him. He just sits there and screams but it doesn't bother me because he is one of my best friends. I don't know what I would do if I lost him.

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  • Ann - 2012-06-06
    It's wonderful you love your bird so much. Try using a perch for him to step up so he can still come out, clipping his wings might help too. Good luck and many years of happiness for you and your birds! :)
Heather - 2009-03-06
James - so sorry to hear about your little parrot. I got mine from someone who couldn't keep her in a flat. she was nearly bald from plucking but so eager to be friends. She loves me and starts calling the minute she hears my car pull up although she is with my mom all day. She just wants to be on my shoulder or under my chin and gives me so much happiness. I know how big a space she will leave in my heart. There are many unwanted parrots who would love you as an owner. Think about 'adopting' and enjoying giving and receiving from another lovely bird.


Tony Bilsborough - 2012-02-18
We have just purchaes a patagonian conure parott. He has a ring on this being JRBB 303 does anyone know what this means? How do you age a parott also? Thanks Tony

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-18
    The ring is the breeders band identification. The breeder is JRBB or JRBB aviary and the number 303 usually stands for the baby number so the 303 rd baby born there (or close to it). It is how breeders keep track of babies, parents etc. How you tell the age - minus certain phases like 2 months, 3 months, possibly a year, middle age and old age - beats me. I never thought of it cuz I always knew how old mine were.