. Patagonian conure|
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.
Requires a strong metal framed aviary with strong wire mesh.
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 includes seeds, fruits, berries and green plants.
Leafy branches can be placed in the aviary or cage for the birds to chew up. This will entertain the birds, help minimize boredom and give the birds some beak exercise. Natural branches can be used for perches. These natural perches will be chewed by the birds and may need to be replaced regularly. Check with local aviculturalists or an avian veterinarian to ascertain which shrub/tree species are non toxic and safe to give to the birds.
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.
Requires a strong nest box or solid log.
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 ?. Eggs per nest 2 - 3. Incubation approx. 25 - 26 days. Fledge approx 8 - 9 weeks. Independent approx. another 3 - 4 weeks. The fledged young do not return to the nest.
In the wild, Patagonian Conures nest communally in tunnels they excavate in sandstone cliffs. This behaviour of digging tunnels results in these birds also being known as the Burrowing Parrot. This communal wild behaviour may be seen in the aviary with breeding pairs in close proximity producing better results when compared with isolated single pairs.
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.