Blue Crown Conures

These medium-sized birds are social and mostly mellow

A pet Blue-crowned Parakeet (also known as Blue-crowned Conure and Sharp-tailed Conure) in Carmel, Indiana, USA.
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The Blue Crown Conure, also called the Sharp-Tailed Conure, is a mostly green parakeet with a bright blue head. They're known for being gentle, intelligent and playful birds who are active and energetic. Like most members of the parrot family, Blue Crown Conures need plenty of mental stimulation and exercise, so they don't get bored and restless.

Blue Crown Conures are native to South America, and they have a large habitat that ranges from eastern Colombia to northern Argentina.

 

Most Blue Crown Conures grow to be about 12 inches long from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers. In captivity, Blue Crown Conures can live for up to 30 years in captivity when well cared for.

Temperament of Blue Crown Conures

Blue Crowns are very affectionate and social birds, bonding strongly to their owners (as long as they are well treated, that is). Blue Crown Conures also can be trained to be gifted talkers, and are capable of learning several words and short phrases.

While Blue Crowns have a reputation for being one of the more quiet conure species, they do have the ability to scream and screech, and can be quite vocal upon waking and before bedtime. Most conures are not considered good pets for apartment living.

Color and Plumage of the Blue Crown Conure

When Blue Crown Conures are born, their heads are actually a reddish color, which changes to bright blue by the time they reach maturity.

In addition to the signature parakeet green body and the blue head that gives them their names, Blue Crown Conures have reddish tips on their tail feathers, pink legs and feet, horn-colored beaks and white rings around their eyes.

Feeding and Exercise for Blue Crown Conures

In the wild, Blue Crown Conures normally feast on a varied diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and grains.

Conures in captivity need an equally varied diet consisting of fresh fruits and high-quality pellets. 

Exercise is important to Blue Crown Conures since they are a naturally high-energy species. Pet Blue Crowns should be allowed a minimum of 2 hours outside of their cage per day so that they can exercise and play.  Blue Crown Conures need plenty of toys to play with, since these birds love to chew, and will need to exercise the muscles in their jaws.

If you don't provide a Blue Crown Conure with a toy or toys, they'll find something else to chew on. This can be potentially destructive and harmful behavior for the bird (and possibly your furniture), so try to make sure your bird is getting enough stimulation.

Where to Get a Blue Crown Conure

If you are interested in adopting a Blue Crown Conure, contact a good local breeder and set up an appointment to meet the available birds. Most first-time bird owners find Blue Crown Conures to be easy pets since they tend to have sunny dispositions and low-maintenance needs. That is, as long as their volume levels aren't a problem.