The enthusiastic, small-to-medium-sized green and red mitred conure loves to play and has the potential to become an excellent talker. It is an energetic bird that is interested about the world, amusing, and ready to discover. It is also prone to nipping and may be moody. It will scream if it is not given the attention it desires. For a newbie, a noise-sensitive owner, or an apartment dweller with neighboring neighbors, this may not be the best bird. Mitred conures are superb "watch birds" because of their piercingly loud alarm calls when approached by outsiders, much like watchdogs.
Common Names: Mitred conure, mitred parakeet, red-headed conure
Scientific Name: Aratinga mitrata
Adult Size: One of the largest of the conures, measuring 13 to 15 inches in length, weighing about 7 ounces
Origin and History
The mitred conure is found in the Andes Mountain area of South America, which includes north-central Peru, Bolivia, and northern Argentina. It prefers high-altitude woods ranging from 3,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level. This species has been introduced to California, Florida, and Hawaii, where they can cause agricultural damage and are sometimes considered a nuisance.
When given enough of love and care, tame, hand-fed mitred conures may make endearing household pets. Mitred conures are an excellent alternative for owners who appreciate spending time with their pets. This bird will require at least two to four hours of daily exercise, engagement, and socialization with you.
Mitred conures, like any other pet bird, have moods. This bird, like other conure species, may be aggressive. As a result, conures are not the greatest pet for families with little children, but they may be wonderful family pets for older children who know how to handle and appreciate birds.
Mitred conures that are well socialized can still get loud. You can expect noisy screeching, screams, and squawking during the dawn and dusk periods.
Clownish by nature, this species is intelligent and may perform tricks to gain your attention and affection.
Speech and Vocalizations
Conures are one of the most vocal parrots. Mitred conures will astound you with their ability to understand words and phrases. Their high-pitched voices make them sound bumbling and incomprehensible. With their murmurs and trills, they continue to be chatty and entertaining little talkers.
Mitred Conure Colors and Markings
The face, head, neck, and upper half of the legs of a mature mitred conure are brilliant green with bright red markings. With a horn-colored beak and gray feet, it has a naked white ring around its eyes. Males and females have the same coloration. It's difficult to tell it apart from its near cousin, the cherry-headed conure. The key distinction is that the mitred wing lacks the brilliant red point on the bend of the wing.
Caring for the Mitred Conure
A mitred conure requires a large cage with at least a 24-inch square footprint and a minimum height of 36 inches. To keep the bird from becoming bored, choose perches that are rated for strong chewers and replace them regularly. Mitred conures are active birds that should have access to a play area or gym stand outside of their cage.
These birds love to bathe and can be showered with a spray bottle or under a sink sprayer regularly.
Conures are flock-oriented birds in general. Prepare to take on the role of a flockmate for the bird. To avoid boredom and the behavioral issues that arise with neglect, they require hobbies and mental stimulation. Conures that are bored or lonely may bite, chew prohibited objects, or scream. Spend at least two hours every day socializing with your bird. Teaching the bird to mimic words and phrases is a fun hobby. A bird that learns a large number of words is less likely to scream.
Common Health Problems
The mitred conure, like other conures, is a relatively hardy bird compared to other parrots. But it is prone to some of the same health issues that affect other conures:
- Aspergillosis (fungal respiratory infection)
- Candidiasis and psittacosis (bacterial infections)
- Cold, allergies, and sinus inflammation
- Feather plucking
- Pacheco's disease (deadly viral infection)
If a bird is bored or feels neglected, it may engage in self-mutilation by plucking its feathers. Annually, or if your bird becomes sluggish, stops eating, or appears weird to you, have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian.
Diet and Nutrition
Mitred conures eat largely fruit, nuts, and seeds in the wild. They thrive in captivity on a well-balanced pelleted diet supplemented with fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts on occasion. Provide new food and water on a daily basis.
A mitred conure's health, like that of other birds, depends on regular activity. Mitred conures are lively and curious birds who require plenty of room to soar, explore, and play. Every day, your mitred conure should be given enough time out of his cage for supervised fun. This bird performs best when given four hours of free flying time in a safe environment each day.
Mitred conures, like other parrots, need to chew and should be provided with lots of robust chew toys. Toys encourage it to use its teeth in a positive way and give excellent oral exercise.
Can be affectionate with their owner
Intelligent, can be taught tricks and to speak
Acts as a good stranger alarm
Noisy periods at dawn and dusk
Requires at least two to four hours of exercise, socialization
Tendency to be nippy
Where to Adopt or Buy a Mitred Conure
Check with animal rescue groups and adoption societies if you desire a mitred conure. Because mitered conures are such noisy birds, some owners may be forced to give up their pets.
Some adoptions or rescues that may have mitred conures include:
- Rescue the Birds
- Bird Breeders
A bird breeder is typically a better alternative than avian pet retailers, which may include mitred conures. The typical price is between $500 and $2,000. The Beauty of Birds is a non-profit organization that keeps track of respectable parrot breeders in the United States. Interview the breeder, examine the overall health of their birds, inspect their living circumstances, and speak with previous customers if you are looking for a bird breeder. Crammed living quarters, lethargic birds, and breeders that ignore your queries or don't appear to provide much information are all signs you should avoid the breeder.
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