Nanday Conures as Pet Birds

These little birds are so hardy they're banned in some areas.

Nanday Parakeet
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Nanday Conures are not quiet birds. That doesn't make them bad pets; they are affectionate toward their owners and talented talkers, capable of learning several words and short phrases. Also known as the Black Hooded Parakeet, this conure has a vast natural habitat in South America that includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.

When fully grown, the Nanday Conure is barely a foot long; its maximum beak-to-tail length is between 11 and 12 inches.

If you think you can handle a highly vocal pet bird, the Nanday may be a good fit. But there are a few other things you should know about these smart little creatures before you decide to adopt one. 

Personality of the Nanday Conure

Nandays are long-lived, with many living to age 20 or older. Since they're highly intelligent, Nanday Conures require a fair amount of socialization and mental stimulation. Owners should plan to spend a few hours every day interacting with their bird, which will need sufficient time outside its cage.

How to Spot a Nanday Conure

Nanday Conures are mostly green with a grayish-blue patch on their chests, blue tailfeathers, a touch of red on their legs, and dark, black faces. They have bare white rings around their eyes, black beaks, and flesh-colored feet.

What to Feed a Nanday Conure

In the wild, Nanday Conures eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and berries. For pet Nandays, adding high-quality pellets to this repertoire should ensure your bird is getting all the nutrition it needs.

Activity for the Nanday Conure​

Exercise is particularly important to Nanday Conures as they are an active, high energy species. A pet Nandays should be allowed a minimum of 4 hours outside of its cage per day. These birds need plenty of toys as well; since they are so intelligent they require adequate mental stimulation.

Nanday Conures as Pets

While Nandays are one of the louder conure species, the noise level can depend largely on whether or not the bird is getting adequate socialization.

While they do sometimes scream and screech for no apparent reason, most properly socialized Nandays are too busy enjoying life to stop and scream. It's imperative that potential Nanday owners make sure they have enough free time to spend with their new pet bird before bringing one home.

How to Adopt a Nanday Conure

If you are interested in adopting a Nanday Conure, the first thing to do is check your state and local laws to make sure that you are allowed to keep one. Because Nandays are such a hardy species, they can survive in the wild in many parts of North America if they escape, and several feral colonies of Nandays already reside in the United States. 

Nandays are considered invasive and a threat to native bird species in many parts of the country. If you find that pet Nanday Conures are legal in your area, contact a good local breeder and set up an appointment to meet their available birds. Spending time with a few different birds before choosing a pet will help you pick the one that is the best fit for you.