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Olive-throated Conure

 (Eupsittula nana)

Also known as: Olive-throated Parakeet, Jamaican Conure

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Olive-throated Conure
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Did You Know?

The Olive-throated Conure prefers to fly swiftly in groups of up to 30 birds, in tight formation twisting and turning through the treetops like shoals of feathered fish.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eupsittula nana

Species Profile

Genus: Eupsittula | Species: nana

Size:

26cm (10.1 in)

Weight:

73-85g (2.5-3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults-green with a bright green rump; cheeks and ear coverts bright green; throat and breast olive/brown. Bill horn coloured with pale grey at base. Bare eye ring white in colour; eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but with brown eyes.

Call:

Described as noisy and screechy in flight. Also high-pitched notes; sustained harsh twittering sounds with upward inflection. Also piercing chirps.

Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Olive-throated Conure
© Tom Friedel | http://www.birdphotos.com

Did You Know?

The Olive-throated Conure prefers to fly swiftly in groups of up to 30 birds, in tight formation twisting and turning through the treetops like shoals of feathered fish.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eupsittula nana

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

15 or more yrs.

Housing:

Aviary or suspended cage, minimum length 2 or 3m (6.5 or 9.8 ft).

Diet:

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

Enrichment:

Chew items such as bird safe wood (fir, pine, willow or elder) or vegetable tanned leather toys; also enjoys bathing, so provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls. Large flight for groups.

Nest Box Size:

Diagonal nest box 8" x 12" x 10" (20.3cm x 30.5cm x 25.4cm).

Clutch Size:

4 or 5

Incubation Time:

About 25 days.

Fledging Age:

About 8 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Conure.org

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Olive-throated Conure
© Tom Friedel | http://www.birdphotos.com

Did You Know?

The Olive-throated Conure prefers to fly swiftly in groups of up to 30 birds, in tight formation twisting and turning through the treetops like shoals of feathered fish.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eupsittula nana

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Near-threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Trapping for wild bird trade and deforestation are threats.

Range:

Jamaica, West Indies.

Habitat:

Found in forest and forest edge (near rivers) in humid lowland zones up to 1100m (3608 ft). Less frequent in larger tracts of rainforest and reported in arid areas (Veracruz) and pine forest, open country with scattered trees and plantations.

Wild Diet:

Prefers figs and fruits, also unripe tamarind pods. Will utilize cultivated crops.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Large groups congregate after breeding or where food is abundant. Will mix with other species. Tree hollows used for nesting.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4 or 5 rounded eggs, 26.5 x 22.0mm (1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

March, Jamaica; April-May, Belize and Guatemala.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Neotropical Birds Unit

Click photo to visit gallery

Olive-throated Conure
© Tom Friedel | http://www.birdphotos.com

Did You Know?

The Olive-throated Conure prefers to fly swiftly in groups of up to 30 birds, in tight formation twisting and turning through the treetops like shoals of feathered fish.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eupsittula nana

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