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Dusky Conure

Weddell's Conure

Family: Psittacidaedusky0.jpg (17936 bytes)"Duster Bug"Aratinga weddelliiPhoto Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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We had our dusky conure for seven years before discovering he was a she - an egg. She is a VIP in our household but when we were out at work she was lonely and we... (more)  james

"Duster bug" is a cute litte 5 months old Dusty Conure or Weddell's Conure... and a real character!

Dusky Conures are very popular pets because of their quiet, friendly, and easy going disposition. "Duster Bug" was handfed and likes the company of people very much. He loves to be held and played with. He has proven to be a very good escape artist. He climbs out of his own cage and climbs in other cages to visit his friends! Although "Duster Bug" doesn't talk yet, most Dusky Conures will learn to say a few words.

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


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

Scientific Name:Aratinga weddellii

Distribution:
   Originates from western South America. They populate water courses in the Amazon basin and the tropical woodlands on the eastern edge of the Andes mountains.

Description:
   Also known as the Weddell's Conure, the Dusky Conure belongs to the parrot family. It has a green body and a gray-brown head. The tips of the feathers on the top of the head have a bluish cast, the legs are gray. They grow to about 11 inches. Younger birds are duller in color and their belly is green turning more yellow as they age. The ends of the primaries and tail feathers are blue.

Size - Weight:
   Mature birds are about 11 inches long and weigh 4.1 ounces.

Care and feeding:
  The Dusky's main diet should primarily be nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. A commercially prepared pelleted diet can also be beneficial.

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

Social Behaviors:
   Wild conures are friendly and peaceful. They live together in groups of 20 or more birds and seldom fight with each other.

Breeding/Reproduction:
   Dusky conures breed early in the year. They lay three to four eggs which are incubated for 24 days. Once hatched the young will stay in the nest for about 55 days. Many females will only take an egg food while they have young in the nest.

Potential Problems:
  This bird is not nearly as noisy as most Aratinga species.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:  Readily available.

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

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Dusky Conure

james - 2014-03-21
We had our dusky conure for seven years before discovering he was a she - an egg. She is a VIP in our household but when we were out at work she was lonely and we were guilt ridden. We'd researched for years, introducing a companion but advice was mostly negative, even from a local bird sanctuary. 7 years later we adopted an unwanted male dusky conure, 5 years old. They were kept in separate cages, next to each other and had limited contact for 4 months, they tolerated each other you could say. Suddenly they clicked one day. They are so happy. Seeing them now confirms how important it is for birds to have a companion. We went with our instincts and thankfully it was right to do so.

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pat - 2003-08-09
I bought my dusky conure....Snoopies.........in May and he has brought such joy to our home!!
He loves to cuddle and nap on me while I watch television..he also enjoys kisses and hanging around on my shoulder for hours.........Such a loveable bird.....truly a treasure...........If left alone in a room....Snoopies will chirp until someone comes to get him!
These birds are so affectionate it is incredible and difficult to believe unless you see it for yourself...

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Jen and Mike - 2003-11-19
My husband and I have a 7 month old Dusky named Emma, short for Emerald Jade. She has been such a delight to our family. She is so loving and comical. If I am under a blanket, she loves to lay on my chest under it cuddling. She has started to say a few phrases already. I thank God everyday that we bought her.

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TJ - 2003-09-18
We have a boy Dusky, named Deui (Day-you). We bought him as a friend for our for our girl Gold Capped conure. Deui has proven to be a real fun bird. He is very sweet and loves to be on my shoulder. His favorite activity is chewing on my ear lobe... Deui is a great eater too.

:-)

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RickELake - 2013-09-01
I have a Dusky Conure named Charlie that has been with me since he was 4 weeks old; He's now going on 14 years. He's very active and has a dozen phrase vocabulary. A few weeks ago he fell off his perch while sleeping, so out of concern for leg breaking - I removed the metal grate that normal sits about 3/4 of inch above the cage floor. I added more newspaper and cedar as ' cushions ' just in case it happened again. Then the behavior started changing. Charlie became obsessed with shredding the newspapers and began hiding under the remains. I became concerned that he might be ill, as hanging out at the bottom of the cage; lethargic, less talkative and seemed to eat less - none of which is a good sign, BUT MUCH TO MY SURPRISE - Today, my 14 old Conure laid a egg. From what info I read, the introduction of the newspaper as nesting material may have triggered this cycle. I know not remove the eggs until about 3 weeks and the need for calcium supplements - but then we are going back to clean and newspaper-free cage.

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