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Blue-crowned Conure

Sharp-tailed Conure

Aratinga acuticaudata 

Species:

Aratinga acuticaudata acuticaudata
Aratinga acuticaudata haemorrhous
Aratinga acuticaudata neumanni (Bolivian)
Aratinga acuticaudata koenigi (Venezuelan)
Aratinga acuticaudata neoxena (Margarita Conure)

 

 
Description

The Blue Crown is one of the less colorful birds, meaning that the body is primarily green with a blue head as the name indicates. The blue is really a bright brilliant blue when the bird is out in the sunshine. The outer webs of flight feathers are somewhat bluish-brown and under wing-coverts have a yellowish-olive green lint. The upper side of the tail is green and the outer tail-feathers are brownish red, the inner webs of the tail’s under side are also brownish red.

Their upper mandible is horn-colored, the lower mandible is black. (The exception is the Aratinga a. koenigi subspecies who has upper and lower mandible horn colored.) On immature birds the lower mandible is horn colored till they reach adulthood.

The eyes are surrounded by a large white bare eye ring and the irises tend to be reddish orange. Their feet range from flesh-colored to pink. Their length is 14.5” to 15”.

 

Natural Range

Blue-crowns can be found in South America in parts of Colombia, eastern and south west Brazil, Venezuela, northern Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay.

In the wild they often nest in hollow trees. They usually live in small flocks up to several hundred birds and can be seen occasionally with White Eyed Conures or Mitred conures in the wild. Life expectancy is approximately 30-40 years.

Wild blue-crowns feed on fresh berries, nuts, seeds, mangoes and cactus fruit. They sometimes migrate, following the ripening of certain berries in different parts of the country. They have been known to cause damage to the millet fields in Paraguay, but have also proven to be beneficiary in agriculture by eating the seeds of certain weeds.

 

 Status

Blue-crowns now well-established in aviculture and are more known to the public because of the movie Paulie.

 

Personality

The Blue-crown makes up for the lack of bright colors with their wonderful, endearing personality. They are quite friendly, playful and very affectionate. Biting is seldom a problem, but they do want to be socialized with and be part of the “family”.

They have been regarded as one of the most intelligent conures. They can be taught to talk and learn at a rather early age, often managing a hello by the time they are weaned. Their intelligence enables them to learn quickly, but they do want a lot of attention from their owners. Like most other pet birds, they love to be out of their cages as often as possible and interact with their people. Blue-crowns love to take showers and act goofy. They also can take a button of your shirt in about 5 seconds!

They are very “busy” birds and need plenty of different toys to keep them occupied during the day.
Blue-crowns need a variety of toys that they can either chew up or tear up. They especially love things that are made out of wood and leather. Even something as simple as a paper towel often will keep a Blue-crown busy for hours tearing it in little shreds. They are very social birds requiring daily attention. The extremely good-natured Blue-crowns make wonderful companions.

 

 Breeding

Blue-crowns have been known to have three clutches and up to five eggs per clutch, but the norm is two clutches a year with three to four eggs.

Incubation time is from 24 to 26 days and they wean between 10 and 12 weeks. Some pairs are sensitive to nest box inspection. The best way to get them used to inspections is to check boxes everyday, even if they are not in the breeding cycle. They will get used to this routine and seldom mind box checks when they are starting to lay.

Mates often start feeding and grooming each other and sitting very close together just before going into a breeding cycle. Males will feed females in most cases, once she is incubating the eggs and also will help in feeding the clutch, when they have hatched. Some pairs will pluck the feathers on the head or back when getting ready to breed.

Nest boxes should be fairly deep as they like it to be totally in the dark. Some pairs also have bred successfully in rectangular boxes. If one style of box is provided and isn't succesful in a season, the aviculturist may want to provide a different box. It is optimal to provided new pairs with a couple of choices when space and situation allows this approach.

 

Photos

Visit the Conure Photo Album to see some Blue Crown Conures. 

 

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