The blue-crown conure is one of the larger members of the conure family found in South America. Less exuberant in colors than some of its cousins, it has gained immense popularity in the country as pets over the past couple of decades.
The blue-crowned parakeet is one of the most popular as pets among the conure species, with its popularity graph experiencing a spike since the 1998 movie Paulie. Its playful and intelligent personality has certainly helped its cause for more acceptance from pet owners across the country and elsewhere.
If you intend to keep your blue-crowned conure inside a cage for extended periods of time, make sure that the cage size is big enough to not make the bird feel cooped up. Either way, there should be perches for the bird to sit on and chewable toys provided so that it can enjoy its time alone to its satisfaction. You may also choose to provide nest boxes.
Temperament & Behavior
Blue-crowned conures have gentle and affectionate characteristics and like to interact with their owners as much as possible. They are, however, prone to screaming loudly, which can annoy your neighbors and indeed yourself. They rarely become aggressive and are not prone to biting. In case they get on the verge of aggression, taking a cue from the body language and preemptive pacification is not much of a hassle.
The blue-crowned has the best talking ability among the conures, although its efficacy is moderate at best compared to other parrot species.
Because of their playful nature, they can be easily trained to do tricks, albeit with some positive reinforcement.
Provide your bird with tropical fruits as regularly as possible, but give it fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. You should also provide them with a diet of seeds and pellets at least thrice a week. Ensure that you vary the diet up from time to time; otherwise, the bird will eventually get bored and physical complications will soon arise.
Trim the nails of the bird every couple of months. Keep a regular check on new feather growth on the wings, and if found, clip them as and when required. They enjoy spray showers of warm water, and watching them bathe on their own in a dish of sufficiently warm water is a sight for sore eyes.