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Nanday Conure

Nandayus nenday 



The Nanday Conure is a very colorful conure.  It is a species of it's own although some may label it as an Aratinga because of shared characteristics. There has been some color differences noted in the U.S., variations of red along the back of the neck have been commented on.

It is generally described as having a black cap coloring the face, cheek, throat and head with a basically green body, a slight turqouise band across the breast and dark greenish-blue wing and tail feathers. Red feathers on the bottom of the leg look like little red socks. The beak is black, and the eye ring is usually tannish-white but some have been noted to have a blackish appearing eye ring.  Feet coloration can vary also.  Most are a brownish grey although some may appear pink with brown coloration.



Natural Range

Nanday conures are found in Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.




Nandays were frequently imported before the Wild Bird Conservation Act in 1992 and were very commonly found in U.S. aviculture.  In fact, so many were imported that they were relatively inexpensive during the importation years. Numbers have probably dwindled a bit since many breeders weren't interested in actually breeding them as they could be imported so cheaply.



Hand fed Nandays can make wonderful pets. They seem to always be in a good mood and so playful. They can do the most outrageous contortions in the cages and love hanging upside down by one townail, or laying on their back playing with a toy.

Their vocabulary can be very large but they always talk in a rather raspy voice as if they had a sore throat.  Babies are usually saying their first words around 5 months old but it is in such a low whisper voice you have to listen carefully or wait until almost bedtime when the house is quiet to hear them. 

Nandays do have a reputation for being very loud, but that isn't necessarily the case with proper socialization. Like many parrots they are loudest in the morning and evening.



When breeding Nanday Conures a boot box is recommended.  If using metal, pine shavings should cover the bottom of the box. Having larger chunks of wood allows the parents to create more shavings themselves and discourages them from removing the shavings.

Nandays lay a clutch of 3-5 eggs although they sometimes go as high as 7. The Breeding season is typically from March until September with the incubation period being 23-25 days. The pairs will usually regulate themselves, pausing after the regular breeding season for about 6 months.



Visit the Conure Photo Album to see some Nanday Conures. 



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