Nanday conures are beautiful members of the conure family found in South America with feral populations in the US and Israel. They are jovial and good-natured birds ideal as a family pet, but their boisterousness makes it unsuitable as an apartment bird unless you have soundproofed its room.
|Scientific name||Aratinga nenday|
|Also known as||Black-hooded parakeet, black-headed conure, black-masked conure, nanday parakeet|
|Size||12.5-13 inches (31.75-33 cm)|
|Weight||4.9 oz (140 g)|
|Color||Green with a black mask on the face, light bluish-green upper breast and paler green lower breast, tips of the wings and tail are blue, while the feathers around the legs are bright orange; black beak; sexually monomorphic|
|Distribution||Southwest Brazil to Southeast Bolivia, Central Paraguay to Northern Argentina; populations have also become introduced to parts of California, Texas, and Florida in the United States and Israel|
|Habitat||Open savannahs, palm groves, dry, low scrublands, deciduous thickets gallery forests and Chaco at elevations of 2,600 feet|
|Sounds & calls||Very loud and shrill shrieks|
|Clutch size||3-4 eggs|
|Breeding age||At around 3 years|
|Diet||Berries, palm nuts, seeds, fruits, flowers, and buds|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Least Concern|
A highly intelligent and social bird, the nanday parakeet is the most sought after pet bird in the United States.
Provide your bird with a spacious cage with dimensions of 24x24x30 inches so that it can move around unabated, flap it wings, and climb the walls. They like to play with toys, so throw in as much as you can fit into the cage without cramping the bird up for room. Let it out of the cage for around 5-6 hours a day. You can also provide perches for your nanday conure.
The ideal temperature for the nanday parakeet is between 70° to 80° Fahrenheit (21°-27° Celsius).
They are very outgoing and fun to be around because of their clown-like personality, an example of which is their tendency to fall asleep on their backs with their feet up in the air, a scene that can be quite perplexing the first time you see it. They have a fairly well mimicking ability and can learn to talk reasonably well.
Feed your nanday conure balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. You can also give it a pellet diet.
These birds love water, so make sure you bathe them every day and make the experience a fun one for it. Clip its nails and flight feathers every 2 months. Disinfect its cage on a half-yearly basis, but change the food and water dishes every day.
- Feather picking
- Proventricular Dilation Disease
- Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease
- Beak malocclusion
A nanday parakeet can cost between $300 and $500.
- The nanday conures can be successfully be hybridized with jenday conures, sun conures, and blue-crowned conures.
Nanday conure talking video