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Patagonian Conure

Cyanoliseus patagonus


Cyanoliseus p. patagonus (Patagonian Conure; Burrowing Parrot)

Cyanoliseus p. andinus (Andean Patagonian Conure)
Cyanoliseus p. conlara
Cyanoliseus p. bloxami (Greater Patagonian Conure)



The Patagonian conure is the only member of its genus. It is the largest member of the conure family with a sub-species being 20 inches from forehead to tip of tail. There are 4 sub-species with the differnces between them mainly being size, the extent of yellow and red on their abdomen, and the amount of white on the upper breast.

The general color of the Patagonian is a dark brownish olive with the breast having a grayish cast.  The upper breast has a white streak starting at the shoulders reaching towards the center like a necklace. The Greater Patagonian has the most complete necklace. The center of the abdomen and the inner thighs are orange-red and surrounding this red patch is yellow. The primary flights and coverts are blue. The beak is black and the irises nearly white in the adult bird. Young birds are slightly smaller and have a gray iris and horn colored upper beak. There is a bare white area surrounding the eye.


 Natural Range

The four sub-species of Patagonian Conures can be found in northern and central Argentina (Cyanoliseus p. patagonus), north-western Aregentina from Salta to San Luis (Cyanoliseus p. andinus), and central Chile (Cyanoliseus p. byroni).  They are often refered to as "cliff dwelling parrots" or "burrowing parrots" due to their penchant for nesting in high bare cliffs in which they raise thier young in deep tunnels.



Patagonian Conures are well established in Aviculture.  In the wild, they have been declining due to construction in their areas (most notably the building of a damn that flooded a major nesting area), being killed by farmers who see them as pests, and the robbing of the nests (chicks are considered a delicacy).



Patagonian conures are renowned for their good nature and high desirability as pets.  They are playful and quite vocal, being very accomplished talkers.  They do have a reputation as being very loud birds, but most who own them consider this the price of owning such a wonderful bird.  They are known to be gregarious and outgoing, playful and active, and very "cuddle-able."  Owners of Patagonians are always very vocal in their praise.  Their size makes them an interesting choice as they are larger than any other conure but smaller than the large macaws and amazons providing potential owners a choice of medium sized birds that goes beyond the mini-macaws.  In many ways they give you the best qualities of a conure with the size of a larger bird.



Patagonians tend to lay in late spring and early summer, but have been know to lay as early as February.  Nesting boxes may be constructed 3x3x2.  Colony breading has also been observed in captivity. Two to three eggs will make up a clutch and they will hatch after 25 days of incubation.  Patagonian babies are noisy.  When they are 2/3 empty they begin "beeping" and stomping their feet.  Then after feeding take a long time to settle down and go to sleep.  They usually quiet down after weaning.  They are known to sleep on their backs frequently.



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