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White-eyed Conure

Family: Psittacidae Cosmo, a White-eyed Conure, Aratinga solstitialis"Cosmo"Aratinga leucophthalmusPhoto Courtesy: Cindy
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We have a white eyed male named Oshi. He is a crack up, wants to talk and sing, loves music and be bops to songs he likes, and starts croak singing... so funny. He... (more)  Carol Ann

   Here's some comments from Comos' keeper Cindy

"Cosmo is really cute - we can do almost anything with him. He's starting to copy our Ringnecks and has a reasonable vocabulary at this moment. He does tricks and is getting the hang of staying in a place when we put him there. White-Eyed Conures make really good companions and are quick learners! Did I mention Cosmo is very loving AND adorable?!!"

For more information about the care of Conures see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Conure


Geographic Distribution
Aratinga leucophthalmus
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Data provided by GBIF.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Aratinga
  • Species: leucophthalmus

Scientific Name:

Aratinga leucophthalmus

Subspecies:

  • White-eyed Conure
    Aratinga leucophthalmus leucophthalmus
  • Peruvian/ Ecuadorian White-eyed Conure
    Aratinga leucophthalmus callogenys
  • Argentinia White-eyed Conure
    Aratinga leucophthalmus propinquus
  • Colombian White-eyed Conure
    Aratinga leucophthalmus nicefori

Distribution:

These birds are native to much of northern South America, except the western seaboard. Ranges from eastern Colombia to the Guianas and southwards as far as Argentina and Uruguay.

Description:

Mostly green, with red feathers scattered over the head. Red and yellow plumage can also be seen on the wings, when they are held open. Irises are orange. In young birds the red feathers on the head and under the wings are absent.

Size - Weight:

These birds get up to 13" (32 cm). Cosmo is exactly 32 cm long.

Care and feeding:

A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of sprouts, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.

See About Conures: Housing and About Conures: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:

In captivity these conures become very tame and will learn to speak. They need attention, patience, and toys.

Activities:

This bird loves to climb and play. This is your perfect chance to splurge on all kinds of climbing and chew toys.

Breeding/Reproduction:

They breed readily if they have the right size aviary. The hen lays three or four eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. The young fledge (leave the nest) after about 8 weeks. The nest box size should be 12" x 12" x 12".

Potential Problems:

As with most Aratinga species, this type of bird can be noisy at times! See About Conures: Potential Problems for more information.

Availability:

This bird is generally available at a pet stores or breeders.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on White-eyed Conure


Carol Ann - 2010-01-06
We have a white eyed male named Oshi. He is a crack up, wants to talk and sing, loves music and be bops to songs he likes, and starts croak singing... so funny. He loves to play peek-a-boo and hide under a blanket till you find him, and he laughs like an old man. Hilarious bird buddy...

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Patricia Walter - 2012-09-02
My birds name is Oscar. The problem I have is he picked out all his chest feathers. Now he is working on his wings and back. Don't know what to do?????

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-02
    Conures are prone to plucking as they are very very social and intelligent and they need a whole lot of things to do.  More toys, more chew toys, more attention, my socializaion, more out of the cage, ability to view TV programs - they definitely like cartoons and especially cartooms with music.  You can spritz him with Aloe bird bath but he just needs a lot more stuff to do.  Is his cage large enough?  Is he out enough with the family.  They are velcro birds and wish to be with their humans. 
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Howard - 2009-08-27
I have a white eyed conure for the past 24 years named Tofuti and he plucked all his breast feathers out. He is very loving towards my wife and will bite me when she is near. He may outlive us since we are senior citizens. May the best of us win.

  • Gail - 2010-06-02
    I also have a white eyed conure called Billy. When #I got him he was so tame and spent all his time on my shoulder kissing me and drinking my tea. I made the mistake of buying him a large cage where his perches were higher than my sitting position which brought out his bossy side and unfortunately he has now turned aggressive. He has also plucked his chest feathers & looks like a miniature oven ready chicken. I talk & try to play the best I can with him in the hope that he will once again be able to leave his cage....still I wouldn't swap him for the world.
  • Pat - 2010-10-07
    I'm hoping you can help me out here. I have a conure who is green, with grey head, orange chest area and yellow back half of his body. What kind of conure is he? Also, will he learn to talk?
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D. LONG - 2010-05-10
How can you tell the gender?

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