Nanday Conure

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.

Nanday Conure Bird

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Tribe Arini
Genus Aratinga
Scientific name Aratinga nenday

Picture of Nanday Parakeet

Nanday Parakeet

Nanday Parakeet Images

Nanday Parakeet Bird

Quick Information

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
Incubation 24-26 days
Fledging 8 weeks
Breeding age At around 3 years
Lifespan 20-30 years
Diet Berries, palm nuts, seeds, fruits, flowers, and buds
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern


  • Faded
  • Lutino

As pets

A highly intelligent and social bird, the nanday parakeet is the most sought after pet bird in the United States.

Nanday Conure Images

Nanday Conure Pictures


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 wellmimicking ability and can learn to talk reasonably well with proper training.

Nanday Conure Babies

Nanday Parakeet Pictures


Feed your nanday conure balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. You can also give it a pellet diet. Make sure that the bird does not eat avocado or chocolate as they are toxic.


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.

Health problems

  • Feather picking
  • Proventricular Dilation Disease
  • Psittacosis
  • Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease
  • Aspergillosis
  • Beak malocclusion


A nanday parakeet can cost between $300 and $500.

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