The Jenday Conure, known in the wild as a Jandaya Parakeet, is one of the smaller members of the parrot family. Adult Jenday Conures typically grow to length of about 12 inches from the beak to the ends of the tail feathers. These friendly little birds make good pets for owners able to spend time socializing with them. And since they live more than 30 years, Jenday Conures are suitable for families with children.
Also called Yellow-Headed Conures, these birds have many colors in their plumage. The colors include a red-orange body with green wings and tail with blue feathers, a yellow head (as its secondary name suggests) and orange patches on its face. Their beaks are black and their feet and legs are gray, and they have white rings around black eyes. Native to Brazil, Jenday Conures are very similar in appearance to Sun Conures.
Personality of the Jenday Conure
In order to keep their birds happy and calm, Jenday owners must plan to spend plenty of time with their birds. It's important that the bird doesn't get bored, which can lead to destructive chewing and other behavior.
Jenday Conures are as intelligent as other members of the parrot family and can be trained to do simple tricks. While they have the ability to mimic human speech like larger parrots, most Jenday Conures don't typically "speak." However, that doesn't mean they're not entertaining; many pet Jenday Conures learn to repeat common household noises such as telephones and microwaves.
Proper Diet for the Jenday Conure
While it is important to ensure that pet birds get plenty of variety in their diets, responsible owners must also make sure that certain nutritional requirements are met. In the wild, Jenday Conures primarily feast on fruit, nuts and seeds, but in captivity, they need a balanced, pelleted diet supplemented with nuts, seeds and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Make sure their food (and their cage) is thoroughly washed to prevent transmission of parasitic infections.
Jenday Conures Need Activity
Like other conures, Jendays need adequate space to fly, explore and play. Allow your bird a minimum of 2 hours outside of his cage each day. The cage should be at least big enough for the bird to flap his wings and move around freely. And be sure the out-of-cage time is in an area free of hazards (and cats), where your bird won't be able to fly out of the house accidentally.
Jenday Conures as Pets
Colorful and intelligent, these birds have been popular in the pet trade for many years. The Jenday Conure is naturally playful and affectionate, making it especially suited for companionship. While most people admire their beauty and charming personalities, it is important to note that Jenday Conures are very social birds, and may not be the best choice for those who have little time to spend with a pet.
Many conures become screamers if they feel neglected, and some resort to destructive behavior if left unstimulated. With a little love, proper training, and socialization, however, Jenday Conures make loyal companions.