Dusky headed Conure
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Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Housing Requirements: Refer to " Conures " web page for general details on the housing of Conures or read on for specific details for this parrot.
Best housed as one pair per aviary. Does not require a large aviary. A 3 metre ( 10 feet) long aviary is adequate.
Conures are best housed as one pair per cage or
aviary and it is generally unwise to have any other birds in the same aviary.
They may kill any bird they do not like.
Diet / Feeding: Refer to " Conures " web page for general details on the feeding of Conures or read on for specific details for this parrot.
Natural diet include seeds, fruits, berries, nuts and insect larvae.
Nesting: A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared. If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season. Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed. If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest-box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.
Timber nest-boxes generally require a climbing structure attached inside the box below the entrance hole. Both logs and nests need an entrance hole/opening about 100mm (about 4 inches) from the top. Many species of parrots like the entrance hole to be just big enough to squeeze through.
More details on parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of parrot nestbox/log photos can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" web pages. Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" in the navigation bars.
Breeding: Egg Colour White. Clutch/s per year 2, sometimes 3. Eggs per nest 3 - 5. Incubation approx. 23 - 25 days. Fledge approx 7 - 8 weeks. Independent approx. another 2 - 4 weeks.
Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.
Health Issues: Refer to "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.