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Blue-crowned Conure

Sharp-tailed Conure

Family: Psittacidae Juvenile Blue-crowned Conure or Sharp-tailed ConureAratinga acuticaudataPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I've had a sun and a Jendai conure and both acted normal and passed some years ago. I now have a BCC that someone brought into the animal rescue where I work and... (more)  Chastity

   The Blue-crowned Conure, also referred to as the Sharp-tailed Conure is quite a character, as was demonstrated when this little bird became popularized by the movie "Pauli"!

   The Blue-crowned Conure is one of the most magnificent of the Aratinga conures. Not only is it beautiful, but is easily identified with it's attractive blue "crown".

     Though initially somewhat shy, the Blue-crowned conure is very intelligent and will become a very tame, loveable companion. They enjoy playing and can become very lively and active. Though they are generally a quieter bird than most of their Aratinga cousins, they can become rather loud and this should be taken into consideration when obtaining one as pet.

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


Geographic Distribution
Aratinga acuticaudata
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Aratinga
  • Species: acuticaudata

Scientific Name: Aratinga acuticaudata

Subspecies:

  • Sharp-tailed Conure
    Aratinga acuticaudata acuticaudata
  • Blue-crowned Conure
    Aratinga acuticaudata haemorrhous
  • Aratinga acuticaudata neumanni

   Generally all three subspecies are referred to as the Blue-crowned Conure, though sometimes the name Sharp-tail Conure is applied specifically to the nominate species Aratinga acuticaudata acuticaudata which displays the most blue; while the name Blue-crowned Conure is used to describe the subspecies Aratinga acuticaudata haemorrhous that has less blue, restricted more to the forehead and the front part of the crown.

Distribution:
   They are native to the central areas of South America from eastern Colombia and northern Venezuela south to Paraguay, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. They inhabit the more arid regions of tropical zones living in thickets, grasslands, savannahs, and along the edge of forests.

Description:

Blue-crowned Conure juvenile
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   The Blue-crowned Conure is a small member of the parrot family.

The whole head as well as the cheeks and ear coverts are blue, and sometimes there is a tinge of blue on the breast. They have a generally green plumage that is more yellowish underneath. The outer wings are a blue-brown going to a chestnut brown on the secondary outer feathers.
   The tail of the Blue-crowned Conure or "Sharp-tailed Conure" is long and tapered. This picture of a juvenile shows the beautiful maroons on the underside of the tail feathers.
   The central tail on a mature bird is green with the outer feathers being more brownish-red tipped with a golden-olive.
   The upper beak is horn colored with a gray tip and the lower mandible is grayish-black. They have a creamy white eye ring surrounding a yellow eye. The legs are pinkish brown.
   A younger bird will have less blue on its forehead and crown with no blue on its breast.

Size - Weight:
   The Blue-crowned Conure or Sharp-tailed Conure will get up to 11 3/4" (37 cm), and weigh about 6.7 ozs (190g).

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.
   In the wild the Blue-crowned Conure eats berries, fruits, seeds, and nuts. As a pet they will enjoy 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:
   They are sociable and live in small groups or sometimes in flocks up to about 100 birds. They love to play, and can be fairly destructive if not watched. They can also be rather loud though not nearly as noisy as some of their Aratinga cousins such as the Nanday, Sun, and Jenday Conures. They make a real fun, playful pet and are very popular.

Breeding/Reproduction:
   In the wild these birds nest in tree hollows. They have been found easy to breed in captivity and so are commonly bred. They are not dimorphic so will need to be sexed either through a DNA sampling, surgically, or through a chromosomal analysis.
   The hen will lay three eggs which are incubated for about 24 days. The young fledge (leave the nest) in about 58 days.
    See About Conures: Breeding/Reproduction for more information on breeding.

Potential Problems:    As with most Aratinga species this bird can be noisy, though it is quieter than some of the other poplar birds in this genus such as the Sun Conure, Jenday Conure, and Nanday Conure.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:
  This bird is generally available. They can usually be found at pet stores and reputable breeders.

Activities:  Loves to climb and play. Provide lots of toys.


"Paulie" is a Blue-crowned Conure or Sharp-tailed Conure
"Paulie"

"Sam" is a Blue-crowned Conure or Sharp-tailed Conure
"Sam"

Photos Courtesy: Lisa Umstead

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Blue-crowned Conure


Chastity - 2015-08-02
I've had a sun and a Jendai conure and both acted normal and passed some years ago. I now have a BCC that someone brought into the animal rescue where I work and this bird has no idea how to be a conure. He, don't really know if its a he/she, seems to have bonded with me and screams when my mom shows up, but seems to love to dance on top of his cage and be out of his cage. He is afraid of baths either in the sink or being sprayed and won't go near a shallow dish of water. He has not pecked or chewed on anything in his cage and seems not to know what to do with the various types of toys I have in there. He tends to be more of a noisy bird in the morning after I uncover him and near evening he does make little clicking noises and thrumming noises and have finally gotten him to eat some grapes. I think he is still a juvenile as he still has the brighter orange or maroon tail, but I had to clip his beak and file down his nails when I got him home and I think whoever had him fed him a lot of sunflower seeds as he picks those out of his food...a mix of special conure seed/nut/leaf with fruit pellets added. I do a lot of rescue with everything, but this guy has me puzzled. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Russ Sulich - 2017-05-17
    Hello, I currently have a rescue blue crowned and Im going thru the same thing with mine. Did your bird finally come around? how long did it take? Is it a well adjusted bird now? thank you
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Bud - 2016-06-25
I have a blue crowned Conure that has been getting grey feathers on his chest. He baths frequently so I'm not sure if he is molting or something is wrong. Need help!!

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Bill - 2016-05-13
Fully retired and looking to share life with a bird. Have experience, including hand feeding, amazons, macaws, greys and others.

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Karen - 2016-02-24
Hallo everyone I'm a proud owner of a blue crowned conure that I've called Mila, I have just had him for a month and am very new to learning how to be his friend.

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Bill - 2016-05-13
Fully retired and looking to share life with a bird. Have experience, including hand feeding, amazons, macaws, greys and others.

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