Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 17, 2014
We got our brown-throated conure from a pet store in rural Massachusetts, and never knew much about him. Everything we knew about caring for birds came from a pamphlet and a book- if there were better resources, we didn't know about them.
Papaya was a beautiful bird- we gave him that name because his coloring resembled that of the tropical fruit.
He was a loud bird- squawking when people entered or exited the house, or if something startled him. Sometimes he squawked to express annoyance, or possibly boredom.
The most interesting thing about our conure was his reaction to music. Both my mother and I played violin, and sometimes he would croon along. It was adorable, even with his out-of-tune and kind of croaky voice.
Papaya never bit aggressively, and was okay around children as long as they had the common sense not to mishandle him. When I was very small, he would be quite gentle taking his favorite treat from my fingers.
Conures don't seem to need special care other than that which applies to all birds. Their size is convenient. Although they're not as cute as parakeets, conures are still beautiful and fun to have around.
I felt bad for the bird, though, because they don't seem well-adapted to living in suburban homes. Even the most dedicated bird owner would have trouble recreating the environment that a conure is evolved for.