Species group: Conures
Other common names: Jendaya Conure; Yellow-headed Conure
Scientific name: Aratinga jandaya
The Jenday Conure is a close relative of the famous Sun Conure. Like its famous cousin, the Jenday Conure is energetic, eye-catching, and capable of being extremely loud. Not recommended for apartments unless you have great sound-proofing and steady nerves.
The Jenday has the good fortune to be a resident of northeastern Brazil, a country that has not allowed the legal export of its birds since the 1960s. Therefore, it was not trapped for the pet trade in anything like the numbers suffered by the endangered Sun Conure. At present, it seems to be secure in the wild, especially since it seems to like moist forest edges, which means that it can tolerate some human disturbance of its habitat.
Very young Jenday and Sun Conures can look much alike, but the adult Jenday Conure will always have a green back and completely green wings, no matter how old it gets. Sun Conures will eventually develop the beautiful golden backs and bodies that give them their name.
125 - 140 grams (4.4 - 4.9 oz.)
30 centimeters (12 in.)
20 - 30 years
Behavior / temperament:
Like other Aratingas, the Jenday Conure is an active, intelligent bird who likes to play. This curious, energetic pet demands attention. You will want to provide lots of toys for the bird to explore and then chew to matchsticks, but it would be wise to channel your pet's energy into tricks or games as well. Keep this bird busy and well-entertained with positive activities. Because they are naturally vocal, you may be able to teach your Jenday Conure to say a few words or to imitate an interesting sound like a ringtone.
However, no matter how wisely you channel the bird's energy, it's possible that there will be times of the day that the bird will be extremely loud, no matter what you do. Two possible times when it's natural for these birds to be really loud will be at sunrise and again when you get home from work. You need to be realistic before you get the bird about how much time you can spend with your pet and how much vocalizing you can tolerate. A neglected Jenday Conure could really raise the roof, and I respectfully disagree with those who consider this bird a quiet alternative to the Sun Conure. Most re-homed/rescue Aratinga Conures lose their first homes because the owner was simply not realistic about the vocal cords on these birds, so select your pet thoughtfully.
A single pet Jenday Conure should have a powder-coated metal cage that is at least 24” wide by 24“ deep by 24“ high. Use a manzanita perch in any area where you don't want to have to replace the perch too often. Any other perches or toys should be rated as safe for a strong chewer such as a large conure or an Amazon. These energetic birds should also have a playpen outside the cage, where they can explore, investigate other perches and toys, and indulge in foraging for hidden treats.
If you place a pair in an outdoor aviary, you should include a sturdy roostbox made of a wood which is safe for a strong beak to chew. Check the box often to make sure that your Jenday Conures are not chewing through the wood. For the safety of the birds, you need a double screen system for any outdoor aviary – 1) hardware cloth to keep rats, raccoons, cats, and other pests from entering the aviary, and 2) mosquito netting to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile Encephalitis.
Like all Aratinga conures, the Jenday Conure demands a varied, nutrient-rich diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. There are several diets that work for this species. A good pellet-based diet, with lots of chopped vegetables and fruits on the side, can be a good daily diet. Soak-and-cook, either from a vet or a commercial supplier, is fine too. Many people like to create their own grain and legume based diet, which generally includes a mix of well-cooked beans and grains, including brown rice. As a practical matter, you will probably want to prepare the cooked diet in large batches, freezing what you're not using in a couple of days, and then defrosting it as you need it.
Small, high carbohydrate seeds like millet can be included in the mix. Larger “treat” oil seeds like sunflower can be given by hand. A variety of nuts can also be given by hand or hidden around the bird's playpen to encourage the Jenday Conure to forage. Crack any nuts that are too hard for your pet to crack by itself. No conure should be allowed to eat avocado or chocolate.
Important Note: Since the Jenday Conure may be at risk for Conure Bleeding Syndrome, they do need vitamin K rich sources in the diet, such as turnip greens and other dark, leafy greens.
Written by Elaine Radford
sweetest, little charming clowns, snuggle, cuddle, agreeable nature
aggressiveness, Conure screams, family members, jenday bites, EXTREME noise makers
oneperson, bathroom sink, preening, daily interaction
Birdbrain the Jenday Conure
Birdbrain was the fourth bird I've owned. Before him were two budgies and a cockatiel. I have to say Birdbrain was by far the best of them!
Birdbrain had so much personality! You just knew what he was feeling by what he'd say and how he'd look at you. He was such a sweetheart.
I trained him to step up and he took to that very quickly. After a day or so of giving him seed treats and putting my fingers near his feet he finally understood. From that time forward he would always step up on command.
He was full of energy and was always willing to come out and play. I used to let him out of the cage while I was working or doing homework and he would play on the jungle gym I bought for him that sat on my desk.
Jenday conures have the ability to remember several words and Birdbrain knew "hello", blew kisses, "Birdbrain", "cutie", "what", laughs, and "damn it". I'm not sure who taught him the last one!
Birdbrain loved to be clean and I would take him to the bathroom sink every day for a bath.
As great as Birdbrain was there were a couple of things that he did that annoyed me. For one he would squawk incessantly until he was given attention or let out of the cage. This was never a big problem as he spent most of the day with me anyway. Another was that I was the only one in my family that he liked. I had to put him back in his cage until my family members left me alone in my room, otherwise he would squawk a lot and try to attack. At one point he actually bit my father's face. He was never aggressive with me, just with the family members he didn't like.
Jenday conures can be awfully loud, so I would not recommend them to apartment dwellers. My neighbors could hear him and our houses weren't exactly close. They can also be quite demanding of attention, so if you don't have at least a few hours every day to spend with him, don't get one. They thrive on attention. I would also be wary of letting children near the bird as he can be easily startled and jenday bites are quite painful!
I would recommend a jenday to an experienced bird owner who understands what comes along with having a bird..
From Lisa_Banno Sep 17 2012 11:39PM
VERY painfully earpiercing at times. My dad claims he's almost passed out from her vocalizations. I don't know about that, but it felt like my ears closed up for a moment a couple times she screeched in my ear. It's all part of their charm. We need to love them in spite of their wild ways. We need to adapt to them, not the other way around. They are companion animals, not pets. They are still wild. Zuni likes to be in the acksheeown. She loves her treats of almonds and grapefruit juice out of MY glass. I've been owned by other kinds of parrots, but this one takes the cake. They're little charming clowns. She can figure out how to unlock her cage and food doors. She's a nice bird, and even in her seasonal times, she's a nice girl. She's psychic too. She knows when I'm coming home even without seeing me. I can hear her screech a block away. She's VERY jealous of the dogs and will fly onto their backs and try to bite their cheeks. In the last couple years I've made a tiny bit of headway training her not to do that. I think she's been good with younger kids, but I was there to supervise. She was rehomed to my dad from people who had a baby and started to breed dogs, so she is not fond of infants and dogs (or my dad). She loved my mom. I never care if my psittacines talk human language or not, but Zuni can say "night-night" only intelligible to me, and she does a human laugh, and it's usually in context and at my expense - which makes it all the funnier. Zuni will sleep in and stay quiet until you uncover her cage, but at night she will scream bloody murder until you put her to bed, and it can't be past 6 PM. She's a camera ham, happy, boisterous and fun-loving. She loves to sit on my shoulder and bite my ear. I like it, because it's not meant in anger. She's potty trained. If I nudge her she'll fly back to her cage and potty then come back. She does it on her own without prompting too. She lets me trim her nails and clip her wings without too much fuss. My dogs give me more grief over the nails, and Zuni is scared to even watch me clip the dog nails. She will cry out like a big baby before I even touch a toe. It's not her fave thing. Sometimes she'll stick half her head in my mouth to grab food. She loves it when I make a warm cereal like oatmeal and sprinkle it with fresh fruit bites, figs, and walnuts. She has a little ceramic bowl that makes her jump with joy when she sees it. She gets along well with birds in my flock, but when we've gone on play dates to her uncle's Senegal, she was a brat. She only likes to bathe when I have nothing to do with it. She's not fond of feather conditioning spraying but it really helps her. She's a cuddle muffin but not as much as a cockatoo. She's a good bird. Sometimes I get exasperated with her screeching and antics, but it doesn't take much to get her to "change the channel"! She's a loving and forgiving bird, and I wouldn't part with her for anything. My family has several parrots, and whenever I am annoyed at her, after visiting the other parrots, I count my blessings on having such a well-behaved bird..
From DearAuntie Feb 22 2013 12:55AM
Tango the Tempermental Conure
Having previous experience with parakeets,I was anxious to upgrade to a more sophisticated and exotic bird and was simply blown away by Tango's beauty! I had to have her! Little did I know that this bird would become extremely temperamental and territorial once we brought her home. She had the ultimate setup in my home office with a high end cage and branches to climb on, plenty of space to play with her toys and a lot of attention. Even so, Tango never seemed satisfied. This bird was aggressive! She would harass any visitors by swooping on top of their heads and ruffling their hair. She would shriek and throw her food across the room when she was upset or left alone for any period of time and she would annoyingly push her beak into my ear, nostril or any dark place as often as she could. We ended up taking her back to the pet store where she was adopted by one of the staff and it was back to parakeets for me!.
From Petluver Sep 15 2014 9:00PM