Species group: Conures
Other common names: White-eyed Parakeet; Green Conure
Scientific name: Psittacara leucophthalmus
The White-eyed Conure is an active, vocal, highly social mid-sized parrot that looks plain at first glance – until the adult bird opens his wings to flash those patches of yellow and red. This widespread, wide-ranging conure may be better known in its wild South American habitat than it is to the average pet owner. It is active, energetic, social, and noisy. They may be prone to feather-plucking if they're neglected, so it's important to be able to spend lots of time close to your pet.
The White-eyed Conure includes two or perhaps three subspecies found across a vast area of South America. They can use a variety of habitats up to 2,500 meters, and you may hear them fly in before you see them. They may be seen flying or foraging in small flocks of up to 50 individuals, but then again they may gather to roost or feed by the hundreds. They are talkative and social, and you quickly observe that you never seem to see a lone bird.
A large green conure with a white eye-ring and small flecks of red on its face.
140 - 170 grams (5 - 6 oz.)
32 centimeters (12.5 in.)
20 - 30 years
Behavior / temperament:
They are playful, lively, and vocal, and some people have succeeded in training White-eyed Conures to talk. However, in their natural world, they would normally expend a great deal of energy socializing with the flock and flying some distances to forage for food, so you need to channel their energy before they turn to feather-plucking or aggression. Have a play gym in all the rooms where you spend a lot of time, so that the White-eyed Conure can be with you. If you are out of sight, the bird might be tempted to make what's called a contact call, to see where you are – and they don't always use their indoor voice. Provide plenty of toys and opportunities to climb and to chew.
A single White-eyed Conure needs a powder-coated metal cage of comfortable dimensions, maybe a minimum of 24”wide x 24”deep x 36”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. Train your White-eyed Conure to step up on a handheld perch on command, so that you can easily remove the bird from its cage to the play area. In that way, even if the bird becomes somewhat territorial about its cage, you can still enjoy the bird on neutral territory.
The White-eyed 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 White-eyed 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 White-eyed 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
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This little bird flew into my life!
This is a story about a Conure bird that flew on to the shoulder of a friend who was visiting on a cold November day. She freaked out because she is not a "bird" person, but the bird cuddled close to her hair to get warm. Well I AM a bird person, or animal person, so I offered the little parrot my finger as my friend was yelling "Get it OFF ME!" and the bird accepted the perch I offered.
My husband churns out heat like a furnace, so I brought the bird to him and the bird who we now named Pete, sat on his knee and turned, leaning into the warmth of my husbands palms that were close around him. Finally Pete was warmed up and my husband, Ian, built a stand for him with a platform at the top. Then around the railing of the platform he hammered in some nails and we stuck grapes on the ends of the nails for him to eat.
We did put up signs in the neighborhood looking for his home, but his owners did not come forward, so then Ian built form above his platform over which we draped a small blanket to keep him warm at night.
Pete learned my laugh - it was hysterical. It's a great loud laugh for a bird to mimic and he sounded just like me. I soon found out that Pete had a sense of humor because we had a Lhasa Apso, Thoreau, who was fascinated by Pete and would sit right under his platform looking up at him.
I saw Pete do this - he pulled a grape off the nail, and with the grape in his beak, he leaned way forward, aimed and dropped the grape hitting Thoreau right on top of the head. Then Pete threw his head back and laughed (like me!). So of course I laughed too and both of us were laughing like me, as though we were a chorus! It was so hysterical.
My son lived in Spokane about an 8 hour drive away and wanted to have Pete because he used to have a bird just like Pete. He drove down that weekend with the bird cage and Pete had a new wonderful home.
We never did find his previous owner although we tried. So I was very happy to have found a good home for him with an experienced bird keeper. Sorry I do not have a photo of Pete, but I am so glad he flew into my life. I enjoyed his stay.
I understand he still laughs like me. It's kind of a nice loud contagious laugh..
From Ann7667 Jul 14 2014 5:30PM
Neat pet, but not for everyone.
I love my Kiwi bird, but she's definitely not the ideal pet for everyone.
Like all conures, she pair bonded with her first owner - who just happens to be my significant other. This was not a good thing at first. She was jealous, mean, and VERY territorial.
While she has been trained over the last few years to behave (i.e. not bite, scream, etc.) with me, and I can take her out, feed her, and bathe her, not all conures will allow this.
However, she has grown accustomed to my presence. And because we are practically always around together, and because I work with her daily, we have avoided some of the awful things that other bird owners do - like pulling feathers and not eating.
Be warned - if you choose to own a conure - White eyed, or otherwise, they require affection, attention, and care unlike many other pets. They are typically one-person pets; meaning they don't play well with new people, or other animals.
They require intensive training - not just daily, but multiple times a day, and even after you think you've got them trained, they still need more work.
But, even with those requirements, they are fantastic, intelligent, curious, and funny companions that can bring you years of enjoyment..
From Clarge Aug 20 2015 8:02PM