Acquired: Pet store
Tennessee, United States
Posted May 24, 2013
Caper is an adult male blue-crowned conure that we recently had to relocate due to a death in the family. He was clever and vocal. He managed to escape his cage several times, requiring some inventive methods of securing the bird cage when the family was gone for an extended period of time. However, his cleverness was also quite a boon as he tended to pick up new things quite easily. He knew a limited range of words, but was less quick to pick up human speech or to mimic sounds than he was to learn new behaviors. He vocalized quite frequently, although not often in song. Many times it sounded as though he was muttering to himself. On occasion he could be very energetic and during those times he was very loud.
Caper was, until recently, in a household that also had two to three cats at any given time. He took time to get used to the new additions, but often left them alone after the first few weeks. There was a period of adjustment where he would test the limits of the newest additions, once almost being pounced on by a new kitten.
Caper could be aggressive, especially towards other animals or if handled roughly. He has been known to bite, although he often prefered to buzz the top of offenders' heads. This is one behavior that we were unable to discourage. He was around two children frequently, and while he was not overly friendly towards the kids, he was never hostile without provocation.
In terms of health and appearance, there were never any major health problems. However, the feathers of the crown of his head never came in fully for very long. We think this was likely a combination of climate and diet, but we were never able to correct this.
The one major issue that we had with this bird was the mess that accompanied him. He was not shy about leaving droppings just about anywhere in the front of the house and lost feathers got everywhere. He also tended to strew food everywhere in the room where his birdcage was located. One was also advised to keep a careful eye when walking by his cage in case he was bathing himself. He was quite capable of soaking everything within about a five foot radius.
Overall, I was quite fond of this bird and enjoyed interacting with him. He did require more care and interaction than a lower maintenance animal, but he was well worth it and was comparatively less demanding than some of the more exotic species. I would not recommend him being returned to a household with very small children, but I think he would adapt nicely to a small family.