Cliff-dwelling Parrot, Lesser Patagonian Conure, Andean Patagonian
Conure, & Greater Patagonian Conure.
Cyanoliseus patagonus patagonus, Cyanoliseus patagonus
Origin: South America (Argentina & Chile)
Relative Size: Medium-small: 200- 300 grams depending on
which specie is kept.
Average Lifespan: 20-30 years
Patagonian Conure is a unique conure. It looks different then
most conures, yet it acts and behaves like a typical conure except
for its breeding behavior. This specie of conure has its own
genus that is comprised of three species, the
Patagonian Conure, the Andean Patagonian Conure, and the Greater
Patagonian Conure. All look almost identical but their size
They inhabit Northern and Central Argentina and can be seen in
some parts of Chile. They are not as abundant in the wild as they
used to be, due to habitat destruction, and they are considered
pests to local farmers because of crop damage. For that reason
alone they are shot and killed.
This conure has been given many names due to their breeding
behavior. Unlike most conures in the wild, who nest in tree
Conures prefer to nest inside cliffs. Their nests are made of
tunnels that are deeply rooted into the rocks. That's why this
conure has been named the Cliff-dwelling or the Burrowing Parrot.
Conures make fantastic pets. They are very affectionate and very
easily entertained. These birds enjoy being petted and will
always seek attention from their owners. They are not prone to
being nippy and are not overly aggressive in such a way that needs
to be continually worked with. All family members can usually
interact with the conure without worrying about getting bitten.
The conure will gladly sit on all family memberís shoulders all
day long, or snuggling by their neck while watching television (be
cautious of facial bites).
conures, Patagonian Conures are great at doing tricks. They can
do simple tricks such as waving, turning around, or flapping their
wings. More advanced tricks such as puzzles or object oriented
tricks can easily be learned as well. Putting a coin into a
piggybank is no problem. Keep in mind you have to show him how to
do them. It takes work and commitment from both you and bird. To
begin training, start by using positive reinforcement towards
wanted behaviors. Your conure will quickly mold or perform
behaviors to your needs if you continually reinforce them.
not known for their talking ability, but Patagonian Conures can
talk moderately. They are one of the better speaking conures and
can easily compete with Cherry-headed or Mitred Conures. You
should note that they will never have the clarity of an Indian
Ringneck, which is a parrot that is similar in size, but their
clarity is still somewhat understandable.
your conure to speak takes work and you need to be patient. To
increase the likelihood of your conure talking, repeat phrases
while you interact with your parrot. Try to make your voice full
of energy and try to uses different words if your bird seems
uninterested. Youíll be amazed at how much quicker your conure
will start to talk. Keep training sessions fast and exciting for
best results. Handfed babies are more likely to talk than untamed
Conure will easily entertain itself on a play stand with toys.
Like most conures, chewing is an enjoyable activity and needs to
be accommodated. Owners will find that new wooden toys will
quickly be turned into toothpicks in a matter of hours. Having an
ample supply of ropes, wooden toys, and chew toys, should keep the
parrot busy until you restock. Though chewing is a favorite
pastime, so is being active.
will climb around its play stand or swing from ropes. Ladders
need to be randomly placed throughout the stand for proper
exercise. Expect your conure to flap its wings excessively while
holding on to the perches. If your conure wonders of the stand be
sure to place him back on. Continually do this and your conure
will understand his boundaries.
Conures are known for their shrill screams. If fact, special
techniques need to be used to help reduce excessive screaming.
Conure is larger than most conures, its calls will be louder. The
neighbors will easily know a parrot is present in your house.
These birds cannot be kept inside apartments due to their noise
level. Like all parrots, screaming should be expected during early
morning, noon, and before sunset.
The diet of your conure needs to be well rounded. The key to a
healthy diet is providing nutrients and proper nourishment. A
seed only diet should not be the only diet you feed your
Conure. It will shorten the lifespan greatly. Instead, keep an
even ratio between pellets and seeds. Include fresh fruits and
vegetables daily. Just donít feed your Patagonian Conure
chocolate, avocado, or alcohol. If a healthy diet is followed,
your conure will easily reach an age of 20 or more years.
The cage should also be large enough to give the bird plenty of
room to exercise. They are large and need extra space. From head
to toe, the conure measures 18 inches. A cage for an African Grey
or Amazon will suffice. The cage needs to have a grill that can
easily be removed and easily cleaned. The doors need to
accommodate the bird and your hands for easy removal.
A good rule
of thumb to house your conure properly is that it needs to be able
to climb around, swing, flap his wings, and turn around without
touching the cage bars. The cage should be as large as your
budget can afford.