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Nanday Conure

 (Aratinga nenday)

Also known as: Black-headed Conure or Parakeet, Black-masked Conure

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Nanday Conure
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Did You Know?

There is a feral (non-native) population of Nanday Conures in Florida that numbers in the hundreds of birds.

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Species Profile

Genus: Aratinga | Species: nenday

Size:

30cm (11.7 in)

Weight:

140g (5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults underparts green/yellow; forehead to nape and face black; throat and upper breast washed with blue; general body colour green/olive; thighs orange/red in colour; tail olive/green tipped with blue. Bill black. Bare eye ring pink. Eye brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but less blue on throat and breast; shorter tail.

Call:

In flight calls are clamorous, screeching; while perched shrill chattering.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 115973, Nanday Parakeet Nandayus nenday, Macaulay, Linda, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep. 28 2001, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Knight, 2010.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Nanday Conure
© Bernard Dupont | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

There is a feral (non-native) population of Nanday Conures in Florida that numbers in the hundreds of birds.

Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga nenday

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common

Longevity:

35-45 yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2 to 3m (6.5-9.8 ft).

Diet:

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

Enrichment:

Socialization, bathing, ladders, swings, puzzle and foraging toys, bird-safe chewables (branches, vegetable tanned leather, sterilized pine cones).

Nest Box Size:

12" x 12" x 18" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 46cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

3 to 5

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Nanday Conure
© Bernard Dupont | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

There is a feral (non-native) population of Nanday Conures in Florida that numbers in the hundreds of birds.

Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga nenday

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, increasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Heavily traded in international market (267,246 wild caught birds since 1981) and persecuted for crop damage.

Range:

Upper Rio Paraguay basin, from Santa Cruz, SE Bolivia and S Mato Grosso, Brazil, through C Paraguay to N Argentina, in Formosa, Chaco, N Santa Fe. Sometimes Misiones and Corrientes. Feral populations occur near Buenos Aires, Argentina, Florida and S California, USA, and Puerto Rico, West Indies.

Habitat:

Occurs in lowlands including moister parts of the eastern chaco, pantanals and cattle rangeland with palms. Up to 800m (2624 ft).

Wild Diet:

Eats Copernicia fruits, cultivated crops.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Sociable, congregates while feeding; often several hundred birds gather while roosting. Seen drinking at waterholes with other species.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 to 5 ovate eggs, 29.0 x 23.0mm (1.1 x 0.9 in).

Breeding Season:

November in Mato Grosso.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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Nanday Conure
© Bernard Dupont | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

There is a feral (non-native) population of Nanday Conures in Florida that numbers in the hundreds of birds.

Academic Research

Related publications: Aratinga nenday

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