Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Posted Jan 29, 2013
Two of my Blue Crowns were paired together. One shredded his feathers due to being kept in a caravan with no attention and little care. This bird was fed a poor diet and sadly died due to picking up a disease from being kept in squalid conditions. The remaining Conure had to be re-tamed, which is a harder process with an older bird.
I won't talk about the film Paulie as others have, however I will point out they are all individuals. Those not from a rescued' background are very different, they're all special.
Though there are different types (and then sub-types) of conures which you will need to choose carefully with, many are high energy, boisterous birds. Some have a better talking ability than others, some are very large and others are small and more suitable for children due to being quieter. Blue Crowns are in the middle of the Conure size and talking ability range. They are beautiful birds and very, very active. They love toys and having things to shred. Sun Conures are often known for enjoying a cuddle inside your shirt!
Conures need to be looked after and cared for, with a lot of attention. Without this, they will become bored and stressed. Like one of my Conures, this may result in pulled feathers, which can often never grow back.
Many owners buy a large parrot for their talking ability, and become tired of having a silent-or-screeching, bald parrot, so give them up or leave them unhappy uncared for.
Though it is possible to leave them in a cage while at work for most of the day, the birds need and want to be with you and feel a part of a "flock" so I do not recommend you buy a bird if you are out all day and cannot give time to them. If you've not got the time to say, buy a dog to train & walk every day, you should really review how fair it is to buy a parrot (of any kind!) Parrots can become aggressive from being ignored, which is their method of "amusement" in a dull & boring lifestyle. If you pair them up with another parrot, you may find they will not respond to you as much, due to having another of their kind for company, so you will need to handle both enough to remain as part of their "flock".
He is a good talker, however has a gravelly voice. If you know him, you will know roughly what he is saying. He knows approx 10 different phrases, and has learned a few new words. His previous owners had a baby, of who this parrot became jealous of, and copied the babies sounds, to which he still does today. He is quite loud and his screech can be quite piercing, so be careful if you have neighbors!
If you have allergies, parrots like Conures with oil glands instead of "dust" for feather conditioning may be more advisable.
All parrots need a good diet - this does NOT mean just seed you buy in the shops. These often include more husk than edible contents, and this content is often high in fat and little nutrients & vitamins. Parrots need a varied diet of mixed, *Fresh* fruit, veg, pulses and nuts. Many parrot owners do not know this and feed their birds a highly unsuitable diet. This reduces feather quality, happiness, general well being and overall, it will affect their length of life. Just think, it's junk food for birds!
I personally mix a good quality packaged fruit, nut and veg mix in with the variety of fresh foods, alongside Harrisons Pellets, which is a high quality pellet. It can be difficult converting birds onto this to start with (avoid artificially coloured pellets if you choose to feed these, as they are not as healthy due to the colour additives)