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The Painted Conure

The painted conure might be hard to find, but its sweet and adventurous personality endear the painted conure to its owner.

By Anne C. Watkins

Painted conures are rare in U.S. aviculture. 
By Danielle Kuhn, Feathered Eden Aviary
Unlike the midsize conures, painted conures fit nicely in situations where a larger conure just won’t work out. A green-cheeked conure's little beak can deliver a painful pinch and sometimes even draw blood, but it won’t inflict the damage larger beaks can. A painted conure is quiet enough for apartment living and generally require smaller setups and less floor space. But don’t let its diminutive sizes fool you; a painted conure has a huge personality stuffed inside its tiny body.

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 painted conure and sample its appeal.

The Painted Conure 
At 8 1/2 inches with a similar personality to the green-cheeked conurepainted conures (Pyrrhura picta) are relatively uncommon in aviculture. “They are one of the most difficult species of conures to raise,” said California-based conure breeder John Del Rio. However, a painted conure pair occasionally produces well and raises babies with “the frequency of a typical green-cheeked conure. A pair like this is hard to find.”

Painted conures that do become pets are sweet and sometimes audacious. Phoebe, a painted conure owned by Heather Moore and James Lucier of California, is always “the first one to explore a new toy, climb down from her cage and go in search of something, or beg to be taken outside in the screen room.”

When it comes to touching, Phoebe is a bit shyer than the couple’s green-cheeked conure, preferring more hands-off interaction. “She will readily step up and sit on my shoulder, but she’d rather that I talk softly to her than give her a head rub,”  Moore said.

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I have a precious little painted conure that appeared at the window of a friend after severe high winds the night before. She was unable to care for him so after much advertising, gave him to me...he is wonderful about 28 days our of 30, but when in a bad mood literally attacks anything or anyone who comes near. I've learned to read his moods so no problem to ME, but I don't trust him outside the cage when I have visitors. I say "him" but we don't know...but I'd like to find someone who has one to breed...I'd have him sexed if there was a real reason to...He's healthy, fully flighted, does not speak, but is VERY intelligent, and follows hand or verbal commands. I have NO idea his age. Any suggestions?
Sylvia, McAllen, TX
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