December 12, 2016 General Studies

I firmly believe that if you have never owned a parrot, you are missing out on a very incredible pet. I have two parrots, one is Carly, a Blue Crown Conure, and the other is Gracie, a Congo African Grey. Gracie is new to our family, we’ve had her about 1 month now. She’s almost 4 months old, and has settled into our home quite happily it seems. Carly is the queen of our flock, and she’s not about to let us forget it either! Carly is one year old now, and she says a few words, although now that Gracie has moved in, Carly is talking much more. I think she’s decided she’s not about to be out done by an African Grey!.

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Blue Crown Conures (Aratinga acuticaudata) are in the Artinga family of Conures. Other common names are the Sharp Tailed Conure or the Blue Headed Conure. There are 2 other sub-species; Aratinga haemorrhous and Aratinga neumanni. .

The natural range of Blue Crown Conures extends to several countries in South America that include: Columbia, eastern and south west Brazil, Venezuela, northern Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. In their native habitat Blue Crown’s have been known to allow humans to get quite close. Life expectancy is approximately 30-40 years. .

They are one of the larger species of Conures weighing between 150-180 grams. .

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Length from head to tail is approximately. 14.5 inches. Coloring is predominately green , with pale olive under the wings. “As to pet quality, Blue Crowns are exceptional. They are quite friendly, calm, playful, inquisitive, and affectionate. Biting is usually not a problem with the lovable Blue Crowns.”(Winged Wisdom Pet Bird Magazine pg 2) They are supposed to be less nippy than other species of parrots, however Carly was very nippy when we first purchased her. Their intelligence enables them to learn quickly and they can be taught to perform several tricks, such as: sticking out their tongue, waving their foot, kissing, etc. At this time, Carly is quite an acrobat, but I haven’t been able to teach her tricks yet.


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