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Blue-crowned Conure  

Also Known As: Blue-crowned Parakeet, Sharp-tailed Conure

Blue-crowned Conures foraging

Credit: © Luiz Claudio Marigo |

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This species is the only Aratinga conure with a blue forehead and crown.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
37cm (14.4 in) 165g (5.8 oz)

Races including nominate:
five: A.a. acuticaudata, A.a. neumanni, A.a. haemorrhous, A.a. koenigi, A.a. neoxena

Colourization Adult:
A.a. acuticaudata: both adults forecrown to lores, cheeks, and ear coverts dull blue; breast on some birds washed blue; tail green on upperside and brown/red on underside tipped with yellow/olive; upper mandible horn in colour tipped with grey, lower mandible grey/brown. Eye ring bare and creamy white. Eye orange. A.a. neumanni: both adults forehead to nape blue; underparts suffused dull blue. A.a. haemorrhous: both adults as in neumanni, but paler blue confined to forehead and forecrown; blue suffusion absent on underparts; both mandibles horn in colour. A.a. koenigi: as in neumanni but undertail less brown/red; smaller in size. A.a. neoxena: as in haemorrhous, but underparts washed with blue; smaller in size.

Colourization Juvenile:
A.a. acuticaudata: as in adults but blue confined to forecrown; no blue wash on breast; tail shorter. Eye brown. A.a. neumanni: as in adults but tail shorter and eye brown. A.a. haemorrhous: blue found on forehead only, or instead a red/brown tinge; tail shorter. Eye brown.

Call: Calls made in flight loud and repetitious. Also babbling and musical notes.

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Content Sources:

Central Pets

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 68385, Blue-crowned Parakeet Aratinga acuticaudata, Anzoategui, Venezuela, Sep. 15 1971, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

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Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.