Conure Parrot Species Information

Small bundles of energy and fun!

The Conure parrot species are active, fun, clownish birds that need experienced bird owners and lots of affection.

Conures are active birds that can be quite loud. They need more experienced bird owners and most are not suited for apartment living, except for one. Green-cheeked Conures are actually good first birds and are quiet enough to live in an apartment with you.

Conures also have the ability to talk, but they are not known for their talking ability. Most are said to be quite loud and some types are also said to be a bit nippy.

The Conure parrot species consists of more than 40 different types and they all have their own unique characteristics. There are about a dozen types of Conures that are commonly kept as pets.

There are two main types of Conures: Aratinga and Pyrrhura. Pyrrhura Conures are the more popular species of Conure because they are just as beautiful and have the same personality as the Aratinga Conures, but they are smaller, less destructive, and not as loud.

Pet Conure Parrot Species

Aratinga Conures
Blue-Crowned Conure Brown-Throated Conure Cherry-Headed Conure Dusky-Headed Conure
Jenday Conure Mitred Conure Nanday Conure Orange-Fronted Conure
Peach-Fronted Conure Sun Conure


Pyrrhura Conures
Black-Capped Conure Blue-Throated Conure Crimson-Bellied Conure Green-Cheeked Conure
Maroon-Bellied Conure


Fast Facts
Name Conures, Genus: Aratinga & Pyrrhura
Origin Southern Mexico, South America, Caribbean Islands
Size 9-21 in (22-53 cm) depending on the species
Color Differences The various species have a wide range of colors. They can range from being mainly green to mainly yellow.
Average Cost $400-$1000
Lifespan 20-40 years (depending on species)
Noise Aratinga – Loud; Pyrrhura – Quiet
Living Arrangements Aratinga Conures are too loud for apartment living, but the Pyrrhura Conures are quiet enough for an apartment.
Qualities Intelligent, curious, comical, acrobatic, enjoy head scratches, love attention, some are more cuddly than others, tend to be one-person birds (unless they are well-socialized), head-bobbing
Abilities Good – Have the ability to talk, but aren’t great talkers, trainable
Interaction/Time Requirements All Conure species require daily interaction and training.
Diet Small Conures need a diet for medium birds and large Conures need a diet for large birds.
Supplies Needed Small Conures need supplies for medium birds and large Conures need supplies for large birds.
See How Conures Compare to Other Types of Pet Birds!


Conure Videos
“Playful Birdie”

Video by Korkie07This is a cute video of a playful Pyrrhura Conure. It’s a great example of how fun and affectionate they can be. 

“Rudy in High Def!”

Video by ztrawhcsAratinga Conures really are a lot of fun. They love to play and many love to dance. This is a great video that shows how they can be such wonderful companions.  
“How Loud Is a Screaming Sun Conure?”

Video by 3ponymousWe’re not kidding when we say that Aratinga Conures are loud. This video (of a Sun Conure) will give you an idea about what you are getting into if you buy an Aratinga Conure.  


Conure Training

Conures, like most smaller parrots, can be very nippy. You definitely need to know how to train your Conure if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you and your friends/family. However, if you don’t know how to train a Conure, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.

For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Conure. Whether your Conure is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about birds and how he can help you train yours.

Below is one of Chet’s videos that covers the first step to stopping your parrot’s biting. This technique is perfect for Conures. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is only the first step in getting your bird hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your Conure even further.

For more information about Chet’s course, you can visit the Bird Tricks webpage here.


Conure Education

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