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Dusky-headed Conure

 (Aratinga weddellii)

Also known as: Dusky-headed Parakeet, Weddell's Conure, Dusky Conure

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Did You Know?

The Dusky-headed Conure will nest in a variety of places such as old woodpecker and arboreal (in the trees) termite nests.

Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga weddellii

Species Profile

Genus: Aratinga | Species: weddellii

Size:

28cm (11 in)

Weight:

95-115g (3.3-4 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general green with yellow/green underparts; brown/grey head, the feathers dull grey/blue at tips; tail green with wide blue tip. Bill black. Eye ring bare and white. Eye pale yellow.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but head more green and less grey; darker green underparts, with less yellow. Eye ring narrower. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls usually four or five notes in a continuous shriek when produced at the same time from members of flock.

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Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 117217, Dusky-headed Parakeet Aratinga weddellii, Marantz, Curtis, Amazonas, Brazil, Apr. 2 1997, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Dusky-headed Conures
© Gregoire Dubois via Flickr

Did You Know?

The Dusky-headed Conure will nest in a variety of places such as old woodpecker and arboreal (in the trees) termite nests.

Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga weddellii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon in captivity.

Longevity:

20 yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2m (6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, banana, pomegranate, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: millet, canary, and smaller amounts of safflower, oats, buckwheat; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans or pulses, boiled maize, and complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Bird safe chew toys such as branches, twigs and toys made of pine blocks; vegetable tanned leather chew toys and pine cones. Provide bowl for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 10" x 10" x 18" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 46cm)

Clutch Size:

3-4 eggs

Incubation Time:

25 days

Fledging Age:

8-9 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Dusky-headed Conures
© Gregoire Dubois via Flickr

Did You Know?

The Dusky-headed Conure will nest in a variety of places such as old woodpecker and arboreal (in the trees) termite nests.

Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga weddellii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Moderate habitat loss.

Range:

Found in SE Colombia, east of Andes and south from Caqueta and Vaupes, E Ecuador and E Peru to NW Brazil, in W Amazonas south to NW Mato Grosso, and N Bolivia, south to Cochabamba. Introduced to Miami, Florida.

Habitat:

Found up to 900m (2952 ft) in lowland, mainly water-associated forest. Occurs in varzea and floodplain forest and tall growth in swamps. Found also in forest remnants in humid savanna and cleared areas with patches of trees.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds, fruits of palms, flowers, berries and insects and their larvae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in pairs or small groups but also in flocks of up to 75 where food abundant. Will search rotting branches and stumps for insects. Visits exposed clay banks.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 eggs

Breeding Season:

February, Colombia; birds in breeding condition, August, Bolivia; breeding June-September, Loreto, E Peru; April-July, Mato Grosso.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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Wild Dusky-headed Conures
© Gregoire Dubois via Flickr

Did You Know?

The Dusky-headed Conure will nest in a variety of places such as old woodpecker and arboreal (in the trees) termite nests.

Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga weddellii

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