By Anne C. Watkins
The orange-fronted conure is often mistaken for the slightly larger peach-fronted conure. The color of an orange-fronted conure's mandibles helps identify it; orange-fronted conures have lighter colored beaks.
Mention conures and there’s a good chance that jenday conure, the sun conure or blue-crowned conure come to mind. There’s no doubt that these medium-sized conures deserve their popularity, but there are plenty of other conures that are as equally captivating. Check out the orange-fronted conure and sample its appeal.
The Orange-Fronted Conure
The orange-fronted, or half-moon conure (Aratinga canicularis), is the smallest Aratinga conure at 9 1/2 inches in length and is much quieter than most other Aratinga conures. It is not They can be difficult to locate in the pet market due to their reluctance to breed in captivity. “They have very unique nesting habits in the wild, and it is thought that these peculiar nesting sites are the reason that many of the birds do not take to a typical conure nestbox, or any other nesting box for that matter,” said John Del Rio, a California-based conure breeder.
Orange-fronted conures are intelligent, comical and sociable. They also make great pet birds for families, according to Kristy Weldon of Missouri. “When we found Kermit, I really wanted something more like an African grey, but I have three children. Kermit is a little smaller than a cockatiel, but she has so much personality. She loves everybody, and for some reason she really likes people in hats.”
Some orange-fronted conure can learn to talk, though their voices tend to be a little difficult to understand. South Dakota resident Brian Cochran said his orange-fronted conure, JC, is very vocal, communicating with words, short phrases and sound effects. JC also uses speech appropriately, saying, “Hi, JC!” and “Bye-bye” when Cochran enters or leaves the room.