50 Different Types of Conure Parrots

Different types of conure parrots

If colorful birds that mimic human sounds fascinate you, conures will surely be something that you will be interested in. In fact, they come in so many types that there is one that will surely match your needs!

With their intelligent, playful, and funny personalities, it is no wonder why many are drawn to keep these lovable parrots as pets. They are also easily tamed and hand-reared, making them even more charming.

This article discusses 50 of the most popular conure parrots, including their looks, behaviors, conservation status, and other exciting features. Read on!

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50 Types of Conures

1. Dusky-headed Conure

Dusky headed Conure
Scientific Name:Aratinga weddellii
Origin:South American Amazon basin
Size:10–11 in (25–28 cm)
Lifespan:25–50 years
Personality:Playful, affectionate, calm
Price Range:$200-$250
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x24″x36″

The Dusky-headed Conure, also known as the Weddell’s Conure, is a small parrot from the western parts of the Amazon in South America. These birds have beautiful green feathers and grey heads, making them easy to spot. 

They live in forest areas in many countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia and are usually flocked in large groups

They are usually found near the edges of forests close to water and are known to eat clay soil to get mineral nutrients. They also commonly nest in trees that termites have hollowed out.

These birds are very friendly and gentle. They are also calm, loving, and playful. People with these birds as pets enjoy their company because they are very entertaining. In fact, these birds really love to dance.

If you want to buy a Dusky-headed Conure, they are not very common and usually cost around $200 to $250.

Meanwhile, check this exciting video of a Dusky-headed Conure doing tricks:

Loubert the Dusky Conure Parrot doing some tricks.

2. Gold-capped Conure

Gold capped Conure
Scientific Name:Aratinga auricapillus
Origin:Southeastern Brazil
Size:11–12 in (28–30 cm)
Lifespan:20–30 years
Personality:Social, outgoing, intelligent
Price Range:$250-$600
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x24″x36″

Hailing from the southeastern regions of Brazil, the Gold-capped Conure is a medium-sized parrot that weighs between 100 and 180 grams and measures about 11 to 12 inches in length. 

Adorned with a golden or orange cap on their head and various shades of green across their body, these conures display a striking appearance.

These birds inhabit tropical forests and woodlands, where they thrive socially. Gold-capped Conures often form lively flocks that fill their surroundings with loud and distinctive calls. 

However, they face threats primarily due to habitat loss and illegal pet trading. This pushes their population to a decreasing state.

During one of my exploratory trips in Brazil, I had the pleasure of working with a group of conservationists whose goals were to ensure survival and protection against potential threats to these species.

Along with the team, we carefully determined areas of concern, marked areas that needed to be restricted, and suggested strict rules on trading Gold-capped Conures. 

These efforts are essential for the survival of threatened species and the continuous growth even of non-threatened ones.

As pets, these conures require thoughtful care due to their social and vocal nature. A spacious cage, a balanced diet, and ample mental stimulation are essential for nurturing their well-being.

3. Jenday Conure

Jenday Conure
Scientific Name:Aratinga janday
Origin:Northeastern Brazil
Size:About 12 inches in length (30 cm)
Lifespan:25–30 years
Personality:Social, loves human interaction, loyal
Price Range:Up to $600
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

The Jenday Conure is a medium-sized parrot known for its extraordinary beauty and personality. Native to northeastern Brazil’s wooded areas, it nests in tree hollows in the wild. 

Jenday Conures sport a mix of green, red-orange, and yellow feathers and a black bill.

They also stand out with their delightful personalities, full of life and affection. They captivate bird lovers with their charm and playful nature, making them popular pets. 

You need to provide them with spacious living quarters and a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Mental stimulation through toys and interaction with their owners is also essential for their well-being.

Often compared to Sun Conures, Jenday Conures have unique color distinctions. They exhibit more red and orange in their plumage, setting them apart with a unique and attractive appearance.

Pro Tip: When Jenday Conures lack calcium in their diets during breeding, they may have the urge to consume their own eggs. Hence, make sure to stay on top of their feeding requirements during these periods.

4. Nanday Conure

Nanday Conure
Scientific Name:Nandayus nenday
Origin:Central and South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay)
Size:11–12 in (28–30 cm)
Lifespan:20–25 years
Personality:Social, outgoing, loves human interaction, playful, loud
Price Range:$400-$600
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x24″x36″

Also known as the Black-Hooded Parakeet, the Nanday Conure is a fascinating species of parrot originating from South America. 

These birds are easily recognizable by their distinctive black hood, standing out against their predominantly green plumage. This unique appearance separates them from other parakeet species.

Nanday Conures exhibit vibrant personalities, and they thrive on interaction with humans. Further, their vocal nature allows them to mimic sounds and words when properly trained. They are known to be quite loud, though.

The care of these parrots demands attention and diligence. On top of a balanced diet and a roomy cage, you need to provide them with a stimulating environment filled with toys and human interaction. 

Fun Fact: These parrots are so funny that you can even catch them sleeping on their back with their feet up in the air!

5. Sun Conure

Sun Conure
Scientific Name:Aratinga solstitialis
Origin:Northeastern South America
Size:About 12 inches in length (30 cm)
Lifespan:25–30 years
Personality:Social, playful, outgoing, loves human interaction
Price Range:$150 to over $1,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

The Sun Conure is a vividly colored parrot native to northeastern South America. They are recognized by their brilliant yellow and orange plumage, green wings, and black beaks.

These birds are naturally social, forming loyal pairs and engaging warmly with humans and other birds. Sun Conures live in flocks and thrive in forested areas where they enjoy a natural diet of fruits and nuts. 

Their friendly and outgoing nature, coupled with their spectacular coloration, makes them popular in aviculture.

Sun Conures have a close resemblance to other species like the Jenday Conure and sulfur-breasted conure. However, their distinctive yellow-tipped wings set them apart from other species.

Once abundant in South America, Sun Conures are now considered “Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

Despite their decreasing numbers in the wild, they continue to be a favorite in the world of bird enthusiasts.

Fun Fact: There are two known color mutations of Sun Conures — the Pied Conure and the Red Factor Conure.

6. Black-capped Conure

Black capped Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura rupicola
Origin:Southwestern Amazon Basin and adjacent east Andean Slopes (Peru, Bolivia, Brazil)
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 30 years
Personality:Requires attention from owner, playful, easy-going, friendly
Price Range:$300-$600
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Not to be mistaken for the Black-hooded Conure, the Black-capped Conure is a small, unique parrot with a “necklace” of grey scalloped feathers. They are also sometimes identified as the Rock Conure or Sandia Conure.

These birds are native to the Amazon Basin and east Andean slopes of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. They are characterized by a mostly green body, off-white scalloping, and red primary coverts.

Naturally residing in humid, lush rainforests, these conures adapt to both lowland forests and higher altitudes.

Black-capped Conures have delightful personalities — playful, affectionate, and curious. 

However, if you decide to have them as pets, be prepared to give them time and attention since they become quite attached to their owners. They seek regular interactions and affection.

7. Blue-throated Conure

Blue throated Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura cruentata
Size:About 12 inches in length (30 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 30 years
Personality:Social, affectionate, friendly, loves human interaction
Price Range:$1,000-$2,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

The Blue-throated Conure, also known as the Ochre-marked Parakeet, is distinct for its blue throat and wine-red belly. They also possess a primarily green body crowned with a black head. 

These conures inhabit Brazil’s tropical and subtropical forests, but their homes, once vast, are shrinking as trees are cut down for agriculture. Hence, conservation efforts are being made to secure their survival.

Their conservation status as “Vulnerable” in IUCN adds to their rarity, making them quite expensive to own, at around $1,000 to $2,000 for each.

Behavior-wise, Blue-throated Conures are social beings. They are warm and affectionate birds who love human interactions. Their noise levels are also manageable, and they are very intelligent. 

If you have the opportunity to own one of these rare birds, provide them with a nutritious diet, ample toys, regular baths, and a loving environment. This will help them reach their maximum lifespan of 30 years.

8. Crimson-bellied Conure

Crimson bellied Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura perlata
Origin:Amazon rainforest of South America (Bolivia and Brazil)
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 20 years
Personality:Lively, friendly, affectionate, clingy; quieter than other conure species
Price Range:Average of $450
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Originating from the Amazon rainforests of Bolivia and Brazil, the Crimson-bellied Conure stands out because of its bright red belly. These conures display an interesting mix of lively hues and a gentle personality.

As pets, Crimson-bellied Conures don’t make a lot of noise; instead, they make soft, sweet sounds. They are also playful and active and like to be close to their owners.

However, these beautiful birds’ homes in the forest are disappearing due to trees being cut down. This has led to their decreasing population, and conservation efforts are being made to preserve the species.

The scientific name of the Crimson-bellied Conure can be a bit confusing. In Latin, “perlata” means “pearly.” So, you might wonder why these birds are different from the “Pearly Conure.” 

Scientists actually made a mistake in using a young Crimson-bellied Conure as a model when naming the pearly conure. So, they ended up with a name that means “pearly.”

9. Green-cheeked Conure

Green cheeked Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura molinae
Origin:Central and South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay)
Size:About 10 inches in length (25 cm)
Lifespan:15–25 years
Personality:Inquisitive, playful, engaging; quieter than other conure species
Price Range:$150-$350
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Green-cheeked Conure is a small, vibrant parrot native to South America where they inhabit forest treetops as they live in flocks. Known for their curious nature, they often form strong bonds with humans. 

As their name implies, they are mostly identified by their green cheeks. Their bodies and wings are also predominantly green, with a dark brown or red cap on their heads, a gray collar, and dark red lower bellies and tails. 

As pets, these conures are known for their lively personalities, giving them a funny appeal. They crave playtime and mental stimulation, requiring toys and activities for them to be happy and satisfied. 

Routine care for them includes a spacious living space, a nourishing diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and regular health check-ups. If these are done properly, you can maximize their lifespan of up to 25 years.

Watch this video to learn what living with a green-cheeked conure is like:

What is it like to live with a Green Cheek - Guide to Green Cheek Conure Behavior

Green-cheeked Conures are also known for their colorful mutations. These variants occur in the captive populations of these parrot species:

Except for some requiring more complicated breeding techniques, most of these mutations can be bred by joining two DNA sexed male and female of the same color together and providing the proper environment.

10. Maroon-bellied Conure

Maroon bellied Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura frontalis
Origin:South America (Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay)
Size:About 10 inches in length (25 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 20 years
Personality:Playful, social, friendly, forms strong bonds with owners
Price Range:$125-$250
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Recognized by its maroon belly and tail coverts and predominantly bluish-green feathers, the Maroon-bellied Conure commands a quiet yet active presence. 

These birds can be found in the forests, woodlands, and wetlands of Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. They are also very common and can even be spotted in the parks of these South American cities. 

Maroon-bellied Conures are playful and sociable. They also tend to form strong bonds with humans, which shows their affectionate and interactive side. 

In captivity, they stand out for their friendly disposition. They are also quieter than other conures, which adds to their appeal as pets.

Further, they appreciate a variety of toys and engaging activities to remain happy and thriving in their environment.

In terms of their diet, these conures enjoy a mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and premium parrot pellets. These, along with clean water and a comfortable, spacious cage, make up their care basics. 

11. Painted Conure

Painted Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura picta
Origin:Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Venezuela
Size:8–10 in (20–25 cm)
Lifespan:13–20+ years
Personality:Laid back, sweet, social, playful; quieter than other conure species
Price Range:$600-$1,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

As one of the most colorful parrots on the list, the Painted Conure displays a fascinating combination of pearly neck feathers, a bluish hat, and a wine-red belly. 

Native to the northern regions of South America, these conures are known for their exotic appearance, paired with a gentle demeanor.

They bring playful energy and a need for engaging activities. A spacious cage filled with toys and natural branches should satisfy their active nature. This should prevent boredom and the tendency for feather plucking.

Further, they are quieter than most conures but can become noisy when excited or alarmed. Otherwise, these conures are naturally sweet and have a laid-back personality, which is characteristic of their species.

Despite their stunning appearance and pleasant nature, acquiring Painted Conures can be a challenge. They are relatively expensive and rare, and one of the factors for this is the difficulty in breeding these birds. 

12. Pearly Conure

Pearly Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura lepida
Origin:North-central Brazil
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Lifespan:20–30 years
Personality:Playful, attention-seeker, mischievous
Price Range:Average of $1,600
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Pearly Conure, adorned with striking green feathers and pearly-white markings, is a parrot that can be found in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. 

These birds are known not only for their captivating appearance but also for their playful and engaging personality. They are also popular for their clownish behaviors, which will keep you entertained for hours.

On the other hand, their active and sometimes mischievous nature means they are always seeking attention and interaction. Hence, they need dedicated and engaging owners. 

It is sad, though, that these birds face significant threats in the wild due to habitat loss. With only 10,000 birds left, they are listed as “Vulnerable” by the IUCN Red List.

Their scarcity and vulnerability make them precious members of the avicultural world. This also drives the average price of owning one to as high as $1,600 per bird. 

13. Half-moon Conure

Half moon Conure
Scientific Name:Eupsittula canicularis
Origin:Western Mexico to Costa Rica
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 20 years
Personality:Active, social, good-natured; quieter than other conure species
Price Range:$300-$750
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Also called the Orange-fronted Conure, Orange-fronted Parakeet, or Pet’z Conure, the Half-moon Conure is a playful and active parrot that can be located in regions extending from Mexico to Costa Rica. 

With their preference for warm, varied habitats such as lowlands and savannahs, Half-Moon Conures can often be found in large, lively flocks of up to 100 birds.

These birds are of medium size with vibrant personalities. Unlike some conures, the Half-moon variety is somewhat quieter, yet they have a playful and active character.

Uniquely, these birds prefer to nest in termite mounds or abandoned woodpecker holes, which shows their adaptability. However, Half-moon conures from warmer climates tend to be susceptible to cold environments.

Respiratory problems like aspergillosis and pneumonia are quite common in these birds, and they might also encounter liver and behavioral problems if not given a clean environment, a balanced diet, and proper exercise. 

14. Peach-fronted Conure

Peach fronted Conure
Scientific Name:Eupsittula aurea
Origin:Central and South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela)
Size:10–11 in (25–28 cm)
Lifespan:20–30 years
Personality:Sweet, playful, friendly, but can sometimes show aggression with other birds
Price Range:$200-$700
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

Known for its charming and lively personality, the Peach-fronted Conure is a small but brightly colored parrot sporting mainly green feathers, touched with shades of blue and distinctive peach-colored foreheads.

These playful and gentle birds are native to South America. They thrive in various environments but prefer tropical areas and forests. They are also very hardy and able to adapt to different climates. 

Despite the lack of exact population data, their numbers seem stable, appearing healthy in the wild and as domestic pets.

These birds are also sociable and form strong bonds with humans. They are best suited in homes where they receive frequent human interaction and have a variety of toys to satisfy their curious nature. 

Their playful demeanor and soft, warbling chirps contribute to their charm and appeal as pets.

Pro Tip: These birds are fond of two things — chewing and bathing. Giving them a lot of toys to chew on and occasional spray baths are recommended to keep them on their best behavior.

15. Cherry-headed Conure

Cherry headed Conure
Scientific Name:Psittacara erythrogenys
Origin:South America (southwestern Ecuador to northwestern Peru)
Size:13–14 in (33–35.5 cm)
Lifespan:30–50 years
Personality:Intelligent, fun-loving, playful, affectionate, entertaining, talkative
Price Range:Average of $500
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

The Cherry-headed Conure is otherwise known as the Red-Masked Conure or Red-Headed Parakeet, a medium-sized bird mostly found in parts of Ecuador and Peru.

Recognized for their brilliant red heads and lush green bodies, these parakeets stand out with their beautiful appearance and charm. 

In the wild, these conures are communal. They thrive in groups and form strong social bonds. They also adapt to various environments, from lush jungles to suburban areas. 

Even escaped or released pets have formed prospering communities in places like San Francisco, which demonstrates their resilience and flexibility.

Further, Cherry-headed Conures have strong needs for interaction and mental stimulation. Owners should also be committed to providing spacious cages, enough toys, and daily exercise and playtime.

Neglect of these birds can eventually lead to depression and may cause destructive behavior and self-harm.

16. Mitred Conure

Mitred Conure
Scientific Name:Aratinga mitrata
Origin:Andes Mountains (Peru, Bolivia, Argentina)
Size:13–15 in (34–38 cm)
Lifespan:20–30 years
Personality:Affectionate, social, moody, loud
Price Range:$500-$2,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

The Mitred Conure is one of the largest parrots on this list. They are known for their vibrant green and red plumage. 

They mostly inhabit the high-altitude forests of the Andes Mountains, covering Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. They have also been introduced to parts of the United States, such as California, Florida, and Hawaii.

Mitred Conures are playful, energetic, and intelligent. However, they demand a significant amount of care and attention. If neglected, they can display unfavorable behaviors such as aggression or self-harm.

These birds are also naturally curious and lively, which makes them amusing pets. 

However, potential owners should be prepared for their loud personalities, as these birds are known for their vocal nature, especially during the early and late parts of the day.

Their cages should also be filled with toys and perches to cater to their active and playful nature.

Fun Fact: Mitred Conures can gather in a group of as many as 2,000 birds during the breeding season. Just imagine how loud the noise levels of that congregation will be!

17. Scarlet-fronted Conure

Scarlet fronted Conure
Scientific Name:Psittacara wagleri
Origin:Colombia and Venezuela
Size:13–16 in (34–40 cm)
Lifespan:15–25 years
Personality:Social, playful, intelligent, loud
Price Range:$150-$800
Cage Size:Minimum of 30″x30″x36″

Also recognized as the Red-fronted Conure, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, and Wagler’s Conure, the Scarlet-fronted Conure is uniquely marked with a vivid red patch on its forehead. 

These birds dwell in the wooded areas of countries like Colombia and Venezuela. Notably larger than their conure relatives, they measure about 13 to 16 inches, making them easy to spot in their natural habitat.

These conures also display a community spirit. They form sociable environments and are often seen mingling in small flocks. 

Known for their playful intelligence and lively personalities, they require attentive care and frequent human interaction to flourish as pets.

Scarlet-fronted Conures are also popular for their vocal nature and are described as having a “continuous loud screeching chatter,” especially during flight.

Sadly, these birds are facing challenges such as habitat loss and capture for the pet trade. Their conservation status is tagged as “Near Threatened.” and efforts are being made to ensure the survival of the species.

18. Blue-crowned Conure

Blue crowned Conure
Scientific Name:Thectocercus acuticaudatus
Origin:South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina)
Size:15–16 in (38–40 cm)
Lifespan:20–30 years
Personality:Smart, friendly, social, loud, demands human interaction
Price Range:$1,000-$2,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 30″x30″x36″

If you are familiar with the movie “Paulie,” then you would be able to identify what a Blue-crowned Conure looks like, which takes the lead role in the film.

Younger Blue-crowned Conures have distinct green bodies highlighted with blue and subtle red tints on their heads. As they mature, these reddish hues transform into a bright, captivating blue, which makes them unique. 

These charming parrots favor savanna-like and forest areas within Venezuela, Colombia, and Argentina. They also avoid densely humid locations.

Blue-crowned Conures are known for their playful intelligence and gentle nature. They also stand out for their talkative nature and capacity to mimic several words and short phrases, which makes them very entertaining pets.

Caring for these birds must take into account their dietary and social interaction needs. A balanced diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and quality pellets, along with regular engagement, is key for their well-being.

19. Golden Conure

Golden Conure
Scientific Name:Guaruba guarouba, formerly Aratinga guarouba
Origin:Amazon River (northeastern Brazil)
Size:About 14 inches in length (35.5 cm)
Lifespan:20–30 years
Personality:Active, curious, affectionate, loud
Price Range:$4,000-$8,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 30″x30″x36″

The Golden Conure, also known as the Queen of Bavaria Conure, is a rare and captivating medium-sized parrot native to the Amazon Basin in northern Brazil. 

They belong uniquely to the Guaruba genus, and this makes them one of a kind in conure taxonomy.

Golden Conures are vibrantly colored birds dressed in stunning, bright yellow plumage. 

Despite this lively appearance, they are also known for being elusive and for their nomadic lifestyle in the wild. This makes their behavior and patterns challenging to study.

Further, facing threats like habitat destruction and illegal trapping, Golden Conures hold a “Vulnerable” status on the IUCN endangered species list despite concerted conservation efforts. 

The rarity of these birds is also the primary reason for their hefty price tag. They are one of the most expensive parrots on this list, costing about $4000 to $8,000 each.

20. Patagonian Conure

Patagonian Conure
Scientific Name:Cyanoliseus patagonus
Origin:South America (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay)
Size:17–20 in (43–51 cm)
Lifespan:20–30 years
Personality:Active, playful, loving, easy-going
Price Range:$500-$1,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 30″x36″x36″

The big Patagonian Conure is a unique parrot from South America, particularly in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. It is the largest conure species, weighing up to 400 grams

Patagonian Conures have beautiful green, blue, and red feathers. Behavior-wise, they are very affectionate, loving, easy-going, and playful, which makes them a fun addition to your household.

In the wild, these birds flock together in rainforests, where they find their mates for life. However, capturing them for pets has hurt their numbers significantly. 

Meanwhile, these playful birds love to entertain. They enjoy playing games, tumbling, and mimicking speech. But beware — they can be noisy! Patagonian Conures need active owners who will interact with them daily.

They are also very hardworking parrots. During one of our South American tours, I remember our guide pointing to what looked like a series of tunnels as we approached a ravine made of limestone and sandstones. 

I and my companions initially thought these were man-made due to how deep these excavations looked. 

We were surprised that Patagonian Conures are responsible for these nesting sites, earning them their alias “Burrowing Parrots.”

21. White-eyed Conure

White eyed Conure
Scientific Name:Psittacara leucophthalmus; formerly Aratinga leucophthalmus
Origin:Northern South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Guianas, Brazil, northern Argentina, Uruguay)
Size:About 13 inches in length (34 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 20 years
Personality:Intelligent, curious, loves to explore, mischievous, loving
Price Range:$600-$1,000
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

Formerly part of the genus Aratinga, the White-eyed Conure has been identified as belonging to the Psittacara family since 2013. These parrots from northern South America live in forests and woodlands.

These birds are known for their green feathers with red and yellow patches. The area around their eyes is white, which gives them their name.

White-eyed Conures are smart and playful. They love to climb and explore. They are also very loving and enjoy learning tricks. However, they need at least 3 to 4 hours of daily interaction to stay happy.

These parrots can live for over 20 years. They are not the loudest birds, but they do have strong voices. Regarding their diet, White-eyed Conures eat fruits, veggies, pellets, and some seeds.

White-eyed Conures also need a big enough cage and space to play and fly. This lets them naturally act as they do in the wild.

22. Brown-throated Conure

Brown throated Conure
Scientific Name:Eupsittula pertinax
Origin:Costa Rica, Panama, northern South America, islands off the South American coast
Size:9–11 in (23–28 cm)
Lifespan:10–25 years
Personality:Social, affectionate, intelligent, loud
Price Range:$400-$600
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x24″x36″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

A rare and charming parrot coming from the savannas and forests of northern South America, the Brown-throated Conure, also known as the St. Thomas Conure, has green feathers with a brownish throat and chest. 

They measure about 9 to 10 inches long and weigh around 4 ounces.

Brown-throated Conures have sweet, friendly personalities. They love to play, explore, and cuddle with their owners, and they do best with lots of interaction. They can learn some words but are not the loudest talkers.

They are also healthy birds that can live up to 25 years. However, their owners must ensure that they are given a varied diet of seeds, fruits, veggies, and cooked foods.

Further, Brown-throated Conures need big cages and daily playtime outside. This lets them explore, which they love doing. They also tend to form a special affection or a close bond with one person.

23. Austral Conure

Austral Conure
Scientific Name:Enicognathus ferrugineus
Origin:Southern tip of South America (Chile, southern Argentina, Strait of Magellan)
Size:11–14 in (28–36 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 30+ years
Personality:Sweet, loving, easy-going, curious, mischievous
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

The Austral Conure comes from the southernmost parts of South America, particularly Chile, Argentina, and islands near South America’s tip. 

Unlike many other conures, Austral Conures are not as popular since they were just recently introduced into the world of aviculture. 

In the wild, they form large flocks, which are mainly found in wooded areas. However, they can also easily adapt to various habitats, such as shrublands and farmlands — depending on weather and food availability.

These green parrots have some red on their head and belly. They also reach 13 to 14 inches long and weigh about 5 ounces.

These birds are generally calm but can be mischievous at times due to their curious personalities. Although, they make sweet, quiet pets that bond closely with their owners.

With proper feeding and care, Austral Conures can live over 30 years. Interestingly, they start breeding around age two, and their eggs take about 26 days to hatch.

24. Cactus Conure

Cactus Conure
Scientific Name:Eupsittula cactorum
Origin:South America (southeast Brazil, state of Bahia)
Size:10–11 in (25–28 cm)
Lifespan:15–20 years
Personality:Friendly, affectionate, curious, active; get along well with other conure species
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x24″x36″

As its name suggests, The Cactus Conure, otherwise known as the Caatinga Parakeet, eats lots of cactus seeds in the wild, along with other fruits and berries. 

They can usually be found in the rainforests of southeast Brazil. These parrots have a brownish-green head and face, with the colors turning lighter and mixed with olive down their backs and wings. 

Cactus Conures have friendly personalities. They get along well with other conures in aviaries. They can bond closely with their human families, too, to the point of considering them as part of their flock.

These birds are quite hard to find as pets. However, those who are able to have one at home identify them to be very active and curious birds.

Daily playtime outside their cage is also very important. With proper care, they can live up to 20 years.

Fun Fact: Common to many parrot species, male and female Cactus Conures take turns to incubate their eggs.

25. Finsch’s Conure

Finschs Conure
Scientific Name:Psittacara finschi
Origin:Central America (Nicaragua, Pacific and Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica, Panama)
Size:About 11 inches in length (28 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 20 years
Personality:Trusting, affectionate, cuddly, comedic, loud
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x24″x36″

Also called the Crimson-fronted Parakeet, the Finsch’s Conure is a unique bird native to Central America. These small green parrots have a bright red forehead and wing patches. 

The young ones initially lack the distinctive red forehead but gradually acquire the adult coloration as they grow.

With a playful and affectionate personality, they appeal to bird lovers due to their social nature and capability to learn tricks and mimic sounds.

As social creatures, these birds are often found in groups that create a lively atmosphere with their loud chatter. They are also able to adapt well to different environments, from woodlands to towns. 

These conures are quite mobile. They move across regions in response to seasonal changes as they seek areas with abundant food sources. Their versatile diet consists of fruits, flowers, and even maize and sorghum. 

Potential owners of Finsch’s Conures must be ready for their lively and noisy behavior and ensure a suitable environment for these energetic birds.

26. Maroon-tailed Conure

Maroon tailed Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura melanura
Origin:Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Personality:Bold, independent, affectionate, cuddly
Price Range:$125–$700
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Maroon-tailed Conure or Maroon-tailed Parakeet is a small parrot found in South American countries like Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. 

With their vibrant green plumage adorned with reddish-brown stripes above the bill, these conures make popular pets due to their charming personalities.

They are known for their playful, affectionate, and cuddly nature, often enjoying human interaction and readily learning tricks. 

While they can be a bit messy with their food, they enjoy bath time and even showering with their owners. Their active and playful disposition means they need plenty of toys to keep them engaged.

In the wild, Maroon-tailed Conures forage in small flocks and primarily feed on fruits from forest trees and cultivated fruits. 

Their breeding season varies with geographic location, typically occurring between January and June, and they are known to be good parents.

27. Red-throated Conure

Red throated Conure
Scientific Name:Psittacara rubritorquis
Origin:El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Size:About 11 inches in length (28 cm)
Personality:Noisy, shy, aloof
Price Range:Average of $450
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x24″x36″

The Red-throated Conure, also called the Red-throated Parakeet or Orange-throated Conure, is a unique sub-species of the Green Conure. 

They are characterized by their vibrant green plumage, with a remarkable orange-red throat and scattered orange/yellow feathers on their lower cheeks and neck.

Found in El Salvador, Eastern Guatemala, Honduras, and Northern Nicaragua, these conures prefer subtropical or tropical dry forests and moist montanes. 

While they are relatively common within their native habitats, captive ones are quite rare.

Red-throated Conures make high-pitched calls in flight and varied notes when perched. In captivity, they can be quite noisy, so potential owners should be prepared for their vocal nature.

Their diet consists of seeds, fruits, and corn, and they are known to be occasional crop pests.

These conures are tough, but they have specific care requirements, including a regular supply of fresh wood for chewing and a bathing dish for daily hygiene.

28. Slender-billed Conure

Slender billed Conure
Scientific Name:Enicognathus leptorhynchus
Size:About 16 inches in length (40 cm)
Personality:Inquisitive, playful, loud, social, animated
Cage Size:Minimum of 30″x30″x36″

Also known as the Long-billed Conure, the Slender-billed Conure belongs to the Enicognatus genus and is one of two species within this group. Neither of these species is commonly found in captivity despite their availability.

You can find Slender-billed Conures in central Chile, where they thrive in temperate forests and are locally known as choroys. These birds are quite large compared to other conures, reaching about 15 to 16 inches long.

They sport olive-green plumage with brownish-black edges on the forehead, crown, and neck feathers. They also have crimson red lores and ceres, along with maroon-red abdomen and brownish-red tails.

Their diet consists of seeds, nuts, small fruits, leaf buds, and acorns, but they love the seeds of the Araucaria Araucana tree. In captivity, they do well with a mix of seeds, fruits, vegetables, and high-quality dry food mix. 

Slender-billed Conures are social, inquisitive, and moderately noisy parrots, which is something potential owners must consider.

29. Olive-throated Conure

Olive throated Conure
Scientific Name:Eupsittula nana
Origin:Mexico, Jamaica to southern tip of Central America
Size:8–10 in (22–26 cm)
Lifespan:15–20 years
Personality:Gentle, docile, affectionate, social; forms strong bonds with owners
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Olive-throated Conure, also going by the names of Jamaican Conure, Aztec Conure, and Dwarf Conure, is a vibrant parrot species inhabiting regions from Mexico to Costa Rica and even Jamaica.

These charming conures are small, measuring only around 8 to 10 inches. Further, their green plumage helps them blend into their tropical rainforest homes, making them even harder to spot. 

Their heads and upper parts are dark green, with yellowish ear coverts and rump. They also have a horn-colored bill with a paler tip, while their eyes are orange and framed by a white eye-ring.

These conures have a diverse diet, including leaves, seeds, grains, nuts, and fruits, and have developed strong bills and tongues to handle various plant foods. 

Fun Fact: By eating riverbank clay, Olive-throated Conures detoxify the seeds they consume. It is believed that the mineral supplements in clay can neutralize the toxins in their diet, preventing them from being poisoned.

30. Blaze-winged Conure

Blaze winged Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura devillei
Origin:Brazil, Paraguay
Size:9.5–10 in (24–26 cm)
Personality:Playful, curious, generally quiet; may get aggressive with other birds
Price Range:$700 and up
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Blaze-winged Conure is a colorful parrot found in Brazil and Paraguay. It used to be thought of as a type of Maroon-bellied Conure, but now experts consider it a separate species.

Blaze-winged Conures live in wooded areas, grasslands, and even city parks. You can find them often gathering in groups and making loud calls. 

They are also social and friendly, and they enjoy grooming each other. While rare as pets, they are lively and enjoy baths.

Appearance-wise, they sport a brown forehead and striking bright red “shoulders,” as well as red and yellow banded underwing coverts. They are small birds, only about 9.5 to 10 inches long, which includes their tails.

In the wild, they eat seeds, fruits, and nuts, sometimes causing problems on farms.

Breeding them is relatively easy, but they have challenges multiplying in the wild due to habitat changes. They are not considered endangered, though.

31. Green Conure

Green Conure
Scientific Name:Aratinga holochlora
Origin:Eastern and southern Mexico, southern to northern Nicaragua
Size:12–13 in (30–33 cm)
Personality:Active, smart, playful; loves interaction with owners
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

Native to Mexico and Central America, the Green Conure has interestingly formed self-sustaining populations in several cities in southeast Texas in the United States.

While these birds are usually non-migratory, they may move around in search of food and nesting sites.

In their natural habitat, Green Conures face endangerment, which has led to their listing on CITES II. However, they are popular as companion birds and still readily available in the pet market.

These lively birds have vibrant green plumage with a yellowish-green on the breast and abdomen. Some Green Conures may also display scattered red feathers on their heads. 

Green Conures are known for their big personalities and require ample exercise and interaction. They are intelligent but prone to behavioral issues. Hence, they need committed owners to guide their behavior.

These conures typically feed on seeds, fruits, and corn, and they are occasionally considered crop pests.

32. Hoffman’s Conure

Hoffmans Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura hoffmanni
Origin:Highlands of Costa Rica and Panama
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 20+ years
Personality:Social, playful, curious; loves to interact with their owners
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Also called the Sulphur-winged Conure or Sulphur-winged Parakeet, the Hoffman’s Conure hails from Costa Rica and Panama. These parrots live in mountain forests and woodlands. 

These green conures have yellow and red markings on their head and wings, and they reach about 9 to 10 inches long.

Hoffman’s Conures are playful and loving. They enjoy climbing, swinging, and playing with toys. With training, some can be very efficient in mimicking human sounds. But they need lots of attention and activities to be happy.

These birds eat a variety of fruits, seeds, and nuts. In captivity, they also need roomy cages and daily playtime. Hoffman’s Conures can live over 20 years in the right environment.

Though uncommon as pets, Hoffman’s Conures can be wonderful companions. They tend to form strong bonds when socialized young. 

However, their strong need for interaction makes them better-suited for experienced bird owners.

33. Blood-eared Conure

Blood eared Conure
Image credit: asad._mfters / Instagram
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura hoematotis
Origin:Coastal range of Venezuela
Size:About 10 inches in length (25 cm)
Lifespan:15–20 years
Personality:Energetic, friendly, social, curious, playful
Price Range:$250-$400
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Blood-eared Conure, otherwise known as the Red-eared Parakeet, hails from Venezuela and belongs to the parrot family. These birds are relatively small, measuring around 10 inches long and weighing 64 to 74 grams.

Both males and females share similar features, including slaty gray plumage from the forehead to the mid-crown and bright red patches around their ears, which gives them their name.

Blood-eared Conures inhabit various regions within Venezuela, mostly in rainforests, woodlands, grasslands, and open areas with some trees. 

They feed in small flocks in forest canopies, where they eat fruits, seeds, flowers, and possibly insect larvae.

Blood-eared Conures are also known for their loud and harsh vocalizations, which they emit both while perched and in flight. 

Little is known about their breeding habits in the wild. However, they are said to be very approachable in their natural habitat, not minding humans who observe them closely.

34. Cuban Conure

Cuban Conure
Scientific Name:Psittacara euops
Size:9–11 in (22–29 cm)
Personality:Energetic, social, curious, calm; quieter than other conure species
Cage Size:24″x24″x36″ with 1/2-5/8″ bar spacing

The Cuban Conure, or the Red-speckled Conure, is a unique parrot species native to Cuba and formerly the Isle of Pines in the West Indies. 

These birds carry green plumage with scattered red feathers on their head and body and are marked by olive-yellow undersides of their wings and tail. White eye-rings and yellow irises complete their charming appearance.

Cuban Conures are popular for their lively and curious nature. They are relatively quiet among conures, usually reserving their vocalizations for specific reasons. 

Although not migratory, you can catch these social birds in flocks of about 50 individuals in the wild. They also love bathing and should be provided with daily opportunities for showering and splashing as pets.

Breeding Cuban Conures should be left at the hands of experienced breeders since this is a challenging task. They are rare in aviculture and can be difficult to obtain and mate. 

35. Fiery-shouldered Conure

Fiery shouldered Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura egregia
Origin:South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela)
Size:About 10 inches in length (26 cm)
Personality:Shy, smart, playful, sweet, gentle; quieter than other conure species
Price Range:Average of $125
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Indigenous to the dense forests of northeastern Brazil, southern Venezuela, and southwestern Guyana, the Fiery-shouldered Conure is a year-round resident, not migrating from their habitat.

Their head is gray, while their neck, body, and wings are green. The front edge of their wings and the feathers underneath are yellow with orange spots. They also have brown eyes with white skin around them.

Outside the breeding season, Fiery-shouldered Conures tend to form lively flocks of up to 20 individuals, while during the breeding period, they prefer pairs or small family groups. 

They are challenging to spot since they are skilled at concealing themselves when roosting in trees. However, their loud flight calls give away their presence.

While Fiery-shouldered Conures face a potential threat of habitat destruction due to their limited distribution, their population remains stable. 

36. Deville’s Conure

Devilles Conure
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Scientific Name:Pyrrhura lucianii
Origin:Northwestern Brazil, southeastern Ecuador, northeastern Peru
Size:About 10 inches in length (26 cm)
Personality:Shy, reserved, curious, active; quieter than other conure species 
Price Range:$700 and up
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Deville’s Conure, also known as Prince Lucian’s Conure or Bonaparte’s Parakeet, was once thought to be a subspecies of the Painted Conure, but is now recognized as a separate species. 

The very first record of its existence dates back to 1851, in a private property in Acre State, Brazil. Now, they are found in northwestern Brazil, southeastern Ecuador, and northeastern Peru, near the Amazon River.

These social birds are often seen in pairs or small groups. They have green plumage with a dark red belly, a unique feature that sets them apart from other parrots. 

They are also skilled at hiding in dense trees and are known for their loud calls during flight.

Deville’s Conures are rare and beautiful birds that tend to be shy, nervous, and reserved. However, they do have great pet potential if hand-raised and socialized early on.

37. White-eared Conure

White eared Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura leucotis
Origin:Eastern Brazil
Size:About 9 inches in length (23 cm)
Lifespan:15–25 years
Personality:Friendly, affectionate, playful, active, loves attention
Price Range:Average of $500
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Also goes by the name of “Maroon-faced Conure,” the White-eared Conure is a delightful and sociable bird, though less common in the pet world compared to its green-cheeked relatives. 

These colorful parrots hail from Eastern Brazil, where they thrive in lush forests. Known for their friendly and affectionate nature, well-socialized White-eared Conures make fantastic companions. 

They’re not as noisy as some conure species, but they love to mimic the sounds they hear around them, sometimes even learning a few words. 

They love social interaction and playfulness, thriving in pairs or with bird buddies.

Their plumage is vibrant, with green bodies, maroon bellies and backs, and striking white ear patches. Blue and maroon hues adorn their heads.

Even with the wonderful attributes of White-eared Conure, they are challenging to find. 

In fact, an article from the AFA Watchbiird Magazine Archive published in the year 2000 encourages the promotion and inclusion of White-eared Conures in the breeding programs of United States aviculturists. 

38. Hellmayr’s Conure

Hellmayrs Conure
Image credit: psitazoo / Instagram
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura amazonum
Origin:Brazil, Bolivia
Size:About 8.5 inches in length (22 cm)
Personality:Friendly, active, playful, curious
Price Range:$700 and up
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Hellmayr’s Conure, or Santarém Parakeet, is a captivating parrot species found in the Amazon basin, spanning Brazil and Bolivia. 

These parakeets come in three subspecies — P. a. Amazonum (known as the nominate subspecies), P. a. Pallescens (formerly P. amazonum snethlageae), and P. a. Lucida

They all feature striking green plumage with dark red bellies, a unique feature in the Pyrrhura genus. 

They also sport maroon cheeks and a blue forehead band that extends to the eyes. These features set them apart from Painted Conures, which look very similar. 

Hellmayr’s Conures are social birds, often seen in pairs or groups. They thrive in tropical, humid lowland forests, where they enjoy their diet consisting of seeds, flowers, fruits, berries, and nuts.

The rarity of these parakeets requires them to be under organized breeding and conservation efforts to preserve their species. Meanwhile, those unsuitable for breeding can make friendly, curious, and playful pets.

39. Rose-crowned Conure

Rose crowned Conure
Image credit: because_of_birbies / Instagram
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura rhodocephala
Size:About 9.5 inches in length (24 cm)
Lifespan:10–15 years
Personality:Active, playful, curious, friendly, loud
Price Range:$700 and up
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Otherwise known as the Rose-headed Parakeet, the Rose-crowned Conure, is a charming parrot species native to Venezuela. 

Measuring just around 9.5 inches in length, these small parrots feature vibrant green plumage, white primary coverts, and striking red crowns that set them apart from other parrot species in South America.

These social birds are often seen in pairs or flocks, residing in subtropical and tropical moist montane forests in the Andes of northwestern Venezuela. 

They can also adapt to farmland with scattered trees and forest edges. They are usually found in elevations ranging from 800 to 3,100 meters above sea level.

While once considered “Near Threatened,” their status has improved to “Least Concern” since 2004. Nevertheless, ongoing deforestation remains a long-term concern for this species.

In captivity, Rose-crowned Conures are relatively uncommon. These parrots are active, playful, and friendly, making them excellent pets for those fortunate enough to care for them.

40. Sulphur-breasted Conure

Sulphur breasted Conure
Image credit: epatrialbirding / Instagram
Scientific Name:Aratinga maculata
Origin:Brazil, Suriname
Size:About 12 inches in length (30 cm)
Lifespan:15–30 years
Personality:Social, playful, active
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

Native to Brazil and Suriname, the Sulphur-breasted Conure or Parakeet is about 12 inches long and sports a vibrant palette of colors. 

Their pale greenish-yellow crown and mantle, deep blue flight feathers, and orange accents on their face and belly make them visually striking.

These social parakeets often forage both individually and in groups of up to ten birds. Their diet consists of fruits, seeds, and flowers. 

Sulphur-breasted Conures nest in tree cavities, with breeding occurring from August to October, usually laying 3-5 eggs. Despite these activities, they continue to face habitat loss and deforestation threats. 

While they are still classified as “Least Concern” by the IUCN, organized efforts are made to prevent the further decline of these parrot species.

If you get to hear them in flight, they produce sharp, repeated screeches that sound like “screek screek screek.” On the other hand, while perched, their calls include chuckling sounds and high-pitched, wheezy notes.

41. White-necked Conure

White necked Conure
Image credit: agustincarrascougalde / Instagram
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura albipectus
Origin:Southeastern Ecuador, northern Peru
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Personality:Noisy in flight but silent when perched
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The White-breasted Conure, also known as the White-necked parakeet, is one of the most “Vulnerable” species of parrot found in southern Ecuador and some parts of northern Peru.

These small parakeets are about 9 to 10 inches in length. Their unique look includes a dusky crown, a thin red frontal band, green cheeks with yellow scalloping, orange ear coverts, and a white collar around their neck. 

As mentioned, these parakeets face a “Vulnerable” status due to habitat destruction caused by rapid deforestation. Their estimated population is less than 10,000 mature individuals and is believed to be declining.

As early as the 1990s, conservation efforts and studies were already being made by different groups to protect these parrots. 

This includes the World Parrot Trust’s support in its recognition of the Podocarpus National Park’s efforts to preserve the White-breasted Conures, along with Red-faced Parrots and Golden-plumed Conures.

42. Golden-plumed Conure

Golden plumed Conure
Image credit: aniltyaginature / Instagram
Scientific Name:Leptopsittaca branickii
Origin:East Andean slope (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru)
Size:About 13.5 inches in length (34 cm)
Personality:Active, loud
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

As a neotropical parrot species, the Golden-plumed conure resides in the highland forests of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. 

These vibrant parakeet species showcase bright green plumage with orangish-yellow lores and small golden crests behind the eyes. 

Further, their bellies are adorned with faded yellow hues and scattered reddish-orange feathers, while their wings and tails exhibit yellow and reddish colors, respectively.

These parrots are often seen in groups ranging from 5 to 40 birds, displaying nomadic movement patterns. They emit shrill calls in flight and while perched, which becomes more frequent during the breeding season. 

Golden-plumed parakeets heavily rely on Podocarpus cones for food and seek shelter among Wax palms. However, they face significant threats due to habitat degradation and fragmentation. 

Predation by Andean weasels and competition with western honeybees further endanger their survival. Today, there are only around 7,300 to 20,000 mature Golden-plumed Conures left.

Fun Fact: Breeding for Golden-plumed conures involves a unique courtship where males and females share a perch, gradually approaching each other before mating. Then, the male carefully approaches the female, and together, they lift their long tails, gently come into contact with their cloacas, and engage in a tail-shaking ritual that lasts for about 1 to 2 minutes.

43. Brown-breasted Conure

Brown breasted Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura calliptera
Size:8.5–9 in (22–23 cm)
Personality:Social, affectionate, intelligent
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

The Brown-breasted Conure, also known as the Flame-winged Parakeet, is a unique parrot species found in the eastern Andean slope of Colombia. 

These medium-sized parakeets boast striking features, with reddish-brown throats and breasts, green cheeks, and a distinct white orbital ring around their eyes. 

They are also known for their wings, which exhibit bright yellow and orange-red markings that justify their name as “flame-winged.”

These conures thrive in upper subtropical and temperate zone montane forests, including cloud forests and elfin forests. 

Brown-breasted Conures have a diverse diet, which includes fresh and dried fruits, seeds, and various plant parts. Unfortunately, they sometimes forage in cultivated maize fields, leading to conflicts with farmers.

Sadly, their population is estimated to remain between 3,300 and 6,700 adult birds and is declining rapidly. These are due to habitat loss converted agriculture and roads. 

Fun Fact: Brown-breasted Conures often form cooperative breeding groups. This means that aside from the parents, a group of about 4 to 9 adult and juvenile birds work together to raise the chicks

44. El Oro Conure

El Oro Conure
Scientific Name:Pyrrhura orcesi
Size:8.5–9.5 in (22–24 cm)
Personality:Social, affectionate, intelligent
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Endemic to Ecuador’s western Andean slopes in Azuay and El Oro provinces, the El Oro Conure is an endangered conure species with an estimated population of less than 1,000 mature birds.

These parakeets are relatively small, measuring only 8.5 to 9.5 inches. Adult males showcase striking green heads with red foreheads, while females have less red. Meanwhile, immature birds lack the red markings.

Living in a narrow habitat strip, these parrots favor humid subtropical and tropical forests between 600 and 1,300 meters in elevation. 

They feed primarily on fruits and berries, often foraging in groups of up to 15 individuals. Their vocalizations consist of raspy notes and hoarse calls, often produced in noisy, chattering flocks.

Due to their declining numbers, efforts like the Buenaventura Reserve aim to conserve these unique birds, where approximately 75% of the population resides.

45. Santa Marta Conure

Santa Marta Conure
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Scientific Name:Pyrrhura viridicata
Origin:Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia
Size:9–10 in (23–25 cm)
Personality:Social, affectionate, adaptable, intelligent; a bit noisier in flight
Cage Size:Minimum of 20″x20″x30″ with ½”-⅝” bar spacing

Another endangered parrot species on the list is the Santa Marta Conure. They are endemic to Colombia, specifically in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region. 

Both male and female Santa Marta Conures exhibit green plumage with a distinctive red forehead and brownish ear coverts. Their wings showcase vibrant colors with blue primaries.

These parakeets inhabit the humid pre-montane and montane forests, primarily in areas with ample rainfall. They feed on a variety of fruits, seeds, flowers, leaves, and lichens and often forage in a flock of up to 20 birds.

Their diet shows flexibility based on food availability. Despite their adaptation, Santa Marta parakeets face significant threats due to habitat loss and competition for nest cavities. 

Their population, estimated between 1,800 and 3,200 mature birds, is declining. Sadly, efforts to protect their habitat in national parks have been only partially effective in safeguarding their future.

46. Pacific Conure

Pacific Conure
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Scientific Name:Psittacara strenuus
Origin:Pacific slope (southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, central Nicaragua)
Size:About 13 inches in length (33 cm)
Personality:Adaptable, playful, curious
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

The Pacific Conure is a vibrant species of parrot found across southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Due to their looks, they once belonged to the same species as Green Conures. 

These parakeets have a remarkable olive-green appearance with a hint of yellow on their underparts. Some individuals may display red speckles on their necks. 

Being highly adaptable, they inhabit a variety of forest landscapes, from deciduous and evergreen woodlands to urban parks and gardens. 

They primarily feed on seeds and fruits, occasionally venturing into crop fields, which can sometimes label them as pests.

Regarding their breeding habits, the Pacific parakeet nests in rock crevices, earthen banks, and possibly tree cavities. Breeding seasons are believed to occur from June to September.

Despite being relatively numerous and adaptable, their population of around 200,000 adult individuals is slowly declining. Nonetheless, no immediate threats have been identified.

47. Socorro Conure

Socorro Conure
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Scientific Name:Psittacara brevipes
Origin:Socorro Island on the west coast of Mexico
Size:12–13 in (31–33 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 20 years
Personality:Social, lively, sedentary, curious, vocal
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

Native to Mexico’s Socorro Island, the Socorro Green Conure measures around 12 to 13 inches in length and flaunts a vibrant plumage of green with darker tones on the breast and abdomen. 

They have a distinctive wing feature, with the tenth primary wing feather shorter than the seventh, setting them apart from other subspecies.

In terms of diet, Socorro Parakeets enjoy seeds, fruits, and corn, although they can sometimes be considered crop pests. These birds are known for their lively and vocal nature, requiring ample space for their active behavior.

Socorro Conures are a highly threatened species, with only about 200 to 300 individuals remaining in the wild. 

Conservation efforts aim to protect their habitat and support breeding programs to ensure their survival and prevent their disappearance from the beautiful landscapes of Socorro Island.

Pro Tip: Despite their lovable demeanor, not expressing any desire to take care of these parrots, even for pets, will lessen their demand. This will eventually diminish or stop the illegal capture and trade of these wildlife.

48. Hispaniolan Conure

Hispaniolan Conure
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Scientific Name:Psittacara chloropterus
Origin:Hispaniola Island on Haiti and the Dominican Republic 
Size:12–13 in (31–33 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 50 years
Personality:Social, curious, playful, intelligent, adaptable
Cage Size:Minimum of 24″x30″x36″

Endemic to the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Hispaniolan Conure takes pride in its striking green plumage, playful nature, and remarkable intelligence.

Hispaniolan Conures or Hispaniolan Amazons are medium-sized parrots. They sport primarily green feathers with a bright red belly patch and blue flight feathers. They also have white rings around their eyes.

These sociable birds are typically found in flocks, using a complex system of vocalizations for communication and engaging in playful acrobatic displays.

These adaptable birds inhabit various environments on Hispaniola, including forests, savannas, and even urban areas. They also play a vital role in ecology by promoting seed dispersal. 

In captivity, they can form strong bonds with their human caretakers. However, they require significant care and attention.

Unfortunately, Hispaniolan Conures are currently listed as “Vulnerable” due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade. Efforts are underway to protect their habitats and regulate the pet trade to ensure survival.

Fun Fact: The Psittacara species have an average incubation period of 22 to 24 days. However, Hispaniolan Conures take up to 27 days to incubate their eggs!

49. Yellow-eared Conure

Yellow eared Conure
Scientific Name:Ognorhynchus icterotis
Origin:Western and central cordilleras of Colombia
Size:About 17 inches in length (42 cm)
Personality:Social, curious, intelligent
Cage Size:Minimum of 36″x36″x36″

The Yellow-eared Conure, hailing from the Colombian Andes, is a large parrot that is predominantly green. They also feature a robust black beak and a distinctive ring of bare black skin encircling their eyes.

Their name, “yellow-eared,” originates from the patch of yellow feathers that stretches from their forehead down to their cheeks and ear coverts. 

These parrots also function in ecological growth. Their roles in seed dispersal and pollination are essential for maintaining biodiversity in the region.

Unfortunately, these beautiful birds are perilously close to extinction. A mere 212 mature (capable of reproduction) individuals remain out of a total population of 1,408. 

Over 90% of the once lush cloud forests and wax palms, which they depend upon for shelter and sustenance, have been mercilessly cleared for agriculture and settlements.

A lot of conservation efforts are already in place to support the survival of Yellow-eared Conures, including the International Conure Association’s initiatives to fund research and growth programs for these birds.

Fun Fact: The vocalization of Yellow-eared Conures sounds similar to the honking of geese. 

50. Thick-billed Conure

Thick billed Conure
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Scientific Name:Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha
Origin:Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico; formerly seen in Arizona and New Mexico in the United States
Size:About 15 inches in length (38 cm)
Lifespan:Up to 33 years
Personality:Strong, athletic; noisy when in flock
Cage Size:Minimum of 36″x36″x36″

Famous for its large black bill and red markings on its head and wings, the Thick-billed Conure is native to Mexico’s high mountain ranges. 

Living in flocks, these parrots are known for their loud and unique calls that sound like children laughing. They thrive in pine forests and feed primarily on pine seeds. 

They adapt their breeding cycle to coincide with pine seed production, a crucial part of their diet.

Unfortunately, they face multiple threats, including habitat loss due to logging, illegal pet trade, and climate change. 

Efforts have been made to reintroduce them in the United States, but these attempts have been largely unsuccessful due to predation and human development. 

In response, conservation initiatives aim to protect their remaining habitat in Mexico, particularly in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. 

Here, organizations address the health issues affecting the parrots, like parasitic infestations in chicks and nest cavities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Conures perched on a branch side by side

What Is the Friendliest Type of Conure?

Conures are generally known to have friendly dispositions and love to interact not just with their owners but with other birds as well. So, it is difficult to pinpoint the friendliest conure species that exists. 

However, based on the experiences of owners, here are some of the friendliest types:

  • Jenday Conure
  • Nanday Conure
  • Sun Conure
  • Black-capped Conure
  • Blue-throated Conure
  • Crimson-bellied Conure
  • Green-cheeked Conure
  • Maroon-bellied Conure
  • Blue-crowned Conure
  • Cactus Conure
  • Olive-throated Conure
  • Green Conure
  • Hoffman’s Conure
  • Blood-eared Conure
  • White-eared Conure
  • Hellmayr’s Conure
  • Rose-crowned Conure

Expect these conures to be the most social even in the wild, as well.

Which Is the Best Conure as a Pet?

Most conures are excellent pets because of their friendly and funny nature. Their curiosity and intelligence also make them entertaining companions. Hence, it is challenging to pinpoint which one makes the best pet. 

In fact, conures, in general, are even listed as one of the best types of parrots to keep as pets.

However, here are some of the most recommended pets by conure enthusiasts:

  • Sun Conure
  • Green-cheeked Conure
  • Dusky-headed Conure
  • Blue-crowned Conure
  • Half-moon Conure
  • Peach-fronted Conure
  • Red-masked Conure

Arguably, many conure owners may also pitch that their pets are the best. This will all depend on how well the owners establish their relationships with these birds and how well they train them.

What Is the Most Talkative Conure?

Many conures have the ability to mimic human sounds and can be quite loud. While a lot of them tend to be noisy, the distinction of being the most talkative goes to the Blue-crowned Conure.

In fact, they are so witty-tongued that the species was selected to be the main character of the movie “Paulie,” featuring a mischievous Blue-crowned Conure who can speak as clearly as a human.

Other conures known for being loud are Nanday Conures, Mitred Conures, Patagonian Conures, Finsch’s Conures, and Red-throated Conures. 

What Is the Quietest Type of Conure?

Although most conures are intelligent and can learn to talk, some are naturally quiet, making them great pets for those who prefer a more silent environment. Here are some of the quietest conures:

  • Half-moon Conure
  • Green-cheeked Conure
  • Peach-fronted Conure
  • Crimson-bellied Conure
  • Painted Conure
  • Maroon-bellied Conure
  • Austral Conure
  • Blaze-winged Conure
  • Cuban Conure
  • Fiery-shouldered Conure
  • Deville’s Conure

Although these birds are quieter than other conures, expect them to still do their natural bird calls by instinct.

As you discovered the different conure species and what makes each one special, do you have any favorites so far? Share your thoughts, ideas, and any questions you may have in the comments below!

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