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Weddell's ConureFamily: Psittacidae "Duster Bug"Aratinga weddelliiPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
"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
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.
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.
This bird is not nearly as noisy as most Aratinga species.
See About Conures: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.