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Half-Moon Conure

Orange-fronted Conure

Family: Psittacidae Half-Moon Conure Picture"Lucky"Aratinga canicularisPhoto Courtesy: Kristen
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Cirelo, our half-moon conure, turned 20yrs old this month. She appears to be as energetic as ever. How long do half-moons typically live??  Jo Ann

   A happy little bird, the Half-Moon Conure has a wonderful temperament and is very friendly. They are very popular and fun pets!

   The Half-Moon Conure is a lively, alert, spontaneous little bird. They will bob their head and even dilate their eyes when they are happy to see you, are showing off for you, or are just plain excited!

   Though they can be noisy the Half-Moon Conure has a lower volume to their call. They are considered to be one of the quieter birds in the Aratinga species. They enjoy mimicking a variety of sounds and some, like "Lucky", can even be great talkers.

Dr. Jungle shares what Crystal has to say about "Lucky"!...
 "His name is Lucky and he is two years old. They (Half-Moon Conures) are some of the best talkers as far as the conures go!" ...Crystal McCraine"

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


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

Scientific Name:Aratinga canicularis

Orange-fronted Conure Subspecies (3):

  • Petz' Conure
    Aratinga canicularis canicularis
  • Half-Moon Conure
    Aratinga canicularis eburnirostrum
  • Aratinga canicularis clarae

Distribution:    Though Half-Moon Conure is native to southwestern Mexico, the other two species of Orange-fronted Conure range in western Central America from Sinaloa, Mexico, south to western Costa Rico.

Description:    The Half-Moon Conure has a narrow frontal orange band that extends down to the lores and a forecrown that is blue. They look very much like the other Orange-fronted Conures though a tad bit larger than the Petz' Conure, and they have a brown spot on each side of the base of the lower mandible. They are also similar in appearance to the Peach-fronted Conure but have a macaw-like beak that is horn colored.
   They have a generally green plumage with a greenish-yellow underside and yellow to olive-yellow under the wings and tail. The outer parts of the wings are blue. Like the macaws they have a naked eye ring. Their eye ring is a dull orange-yellow and the iris is pale yellow. Juveniles have a brown iris and the orange frontal band is narrower. Females also have a narrower frontal band.
   Like most conures of this size, they have an average life span of about 30 years and possible longer.

Size - Weight:    These birds get up to 9.5" (24 cm) and 2.6 ozs. (74 g). Generally a little larger than the Petz' Conure which is about 2.5 ozs. (71 g).

Care and feeding:    Half-Moon Conures are not as destructive as many of the others conures, and can easily be housed is a lighter weight cage such as a cockatiel cage. A roomy cage is appreciated unless the bird is to be let out for periods of exercise and play.
   In the wild many of the Orange-fronted Conures eat figs, seeds, nuts, berries, and blossoms, but the Half-Moon Conure has been observed to feed mostly on fruits, so much so that their feathers are often found to be sticky. In captivity these birds will eat an avian pelleted diet as well as a wide variety of fruits. They are not as quick to bathe as most conures. Offer them a bath, or if they are not interested in that give them a misting of warm water with a spray bottle or in the shower or sink about every other week.

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

"Lucky" a Half-Moon conureLucky Photo Courtesy: Crystal McCraine
"Half-Moon Conures are some of the best talkers. Lucky is two years old... Crystal McCraine"

Social Behaviors:    All Orange-fronted Conures are social birds and live in fairly large flocks in the wild (up to about 80 birds) for a good part of the year. During mating season however, they pair up and live alone or with a few other pairs. They love to play and will preen each other during resting periods.

Activities:    They love to climb and play. Provide lots of toys. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch.

Breeding/Reproduction:    In their natural environment these birds nest in termite mounds, digging out a long upward climbing entry that then makes a sharp turn into a cavity dug out in the middle of the mound. They have been observed to use the natural hollow of a tree when termite mounds are not available, but this is the exception rather than the rule. Captive breeding is a bit more difficult than with other conures because of their preferred natural nesting place, but they are being successfully bred.
   Though these birds will need to be either DNA or surgically sexed for a certain determination, the females will generally have a narrower frontal band.
   The hen lays three to five eggs, one every other day, which are then incubated for about 30 days. The female broods the eggs and does the Initial feeding when the hatchlings are first born. The male then gradually takes over the feeding. The young fledge (leave the nest) after about six weeks. A nest box size should be 13" x 10" x 10" with an entrance hole about 3.25" in diameter.

Potential Problems:    As with many Aratinga species, Half-Moon Conures can be noisy but are generally considered a quieter conure. Not nearly as noisy as most of the Aratinga species are.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:   The Half-Moon Conure is very popular and available from time to time. Your best bet is to find one at a pet store or a reputable breeder.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Half-Moon Conure


Jo Ann - 2016-04-24
Cirelo, our half-moon conure, turned 20yrs old this month. She appears to be as energetic as ever. How long do half-moons typically live??

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Tracy - 2016-03-11
Looking to bring a hand raise half moon conure into our home to love. Looking for breeders.

  • Shawn Morris - 2016-04-17
    Take a look at our website, we can get a half moon to you.
    allbeaksparrotplace.com
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bj - 2015-07-26
Looking for a half moon. My wonderful girl died recently and I can't stand coming hoe to no chatter. Recently or needing weaning is best, I can finish weaning. Live in Houston area and will drive.

  • Betty - 2015-11-07
    I have a 3 yr old half moon conure, very lovable, very tame. Says and plays peek-a-boo, says step up, says Frankie (which is his name) and several other words. Very comical. It breaks my heart to have to get rid of him and his best friend, Flip, a green cheek conure, but my husband just found out he is going to have to hav e open heart surgery and we will be in and out of town for an unknown period of time. I have no one to care for my birds while I am out of town so I have no choice but to let them go. If you have not found one yet please let me know if you're interested. They love attention and interaction. A good bird loving home is a must. Thank you and I am so sorry about the loss of your bird. They have such personality and become like family members. I am located in north central Louisiana. Brobert07@comcast.net is my email address if interested.
  • Stephanie Cosenza - 2016-04-11
    Hi, i have one if interested. Thanks
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Marce Garcia - 2016-02-24
Hello, i have a half moon conure called Hermes

4 years ago my parents bought me  beautifull conure wich i called ''Hermes'' at first we thought it was a he instead of she. To be honest i did not knew anything about parrots, so i kept her in a cage for like a WEEK. My sister saw that Hermes was unhappy, so she searched the web for information, and that´s when a whole new door opened up for us. Hermes is now living freely. I have some tips for people that want parrots:

- I wouldn´t get another parrot, and if had the chance to never had get hermes, i would. Because parrots need to be free and live the life they naturally should have, i know they are really cute and playfull beings.

- Never cut the wing´s feathers, they are not very good at walking or running, let them feel secure by keeping the wing´s feathers.

- Being a parrot owner is NOT FOR EVERYBODY, you need to have a rutine for you and your parrot, also alot of patience.

- Please dont buy a parrot if you dont have the time to be whit them, they are social animals after all.

- VERY IMPORTANT to learn they´re lenguage, or they will get very VERY frustated 

Hermes has teached me alot of things, and im very gratefull. We and hermes have had our problems in the past (that im still trying to heal), but i love her and she loves me.

Regards from Mexico, if you like to read more about my conure i´ll be glad to reply. http://imgur.com/OjUEuiq Oh and i forgot to point out, that no one, not even animals deserve to live in misery, so try your best!

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Tracy - 2016-03-11
Looking to bring a hand raise half moon conure into our home to love. Looking for breeders.

  • Shawn Morris - 2016-04-17
    Take a look at our website, we can get a half moon to you.
    allbeaksparrotplace.com
Reply
bj - 2015-07-26
Looking for a half moon. My wonderful girl died recently and I can't stand coming hoe to no chatter. Recently or needing weaning is best, I can finish weaning. Live in Houston area and will drive.

  • Betty - 2015-11-07
    I have a 3 yr old half moon conure, very lovable, very tame. Says and plays peek-a-boo, says step up, says Frankie (which is his name) and several other words. Very comical. It breaks my heart to have to get rid of him and his best friend, Flip, a green cheek conure, but my husband just found out he is going to have to hav e open heart surgery and we will be in and out of town for an unknown period of time. I have no one to care for my birds while I am out of town so I have no choice but to let them go. If you have not found one yet please let me know if you're interested. They love attention and interaction. A good bird loving home is a must. Thank you and I am so sorry about the loss of your bird. They have such personality and become like family members. I am located in north central Louisiana. Brobert07@comcast.net is my email address if interested.
  • Stephanie Cosenza - 2016-04-11
    Hi, i have one if interested. Thanks
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Joanne Klaus - 2015-03-23
I am looking for a female half-moon Conure, please notify me if you have one or know of one. Will need to be flown to or near Omaha, NE. Thank you!

  • vanessa milwa - 2015-03-25
    I have one but am in New Jersey. If you are interested contact me on (609) 389-6051 thanks.
  • gordon pizzano - 2015-05-27
    World of birds Chester NJ raises half moon conures and ship if this helps
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Teresa - 2013-01-17
Hello! I just purchased a 5 yr old breeding pair of Half Moon Conures a couple of months ago from another breeder who was getting out of the bird business. They settled into their new environment very quickly. They have been mating like crazy and now she has been laying eggs for the past week. She has laid 3 eggs so far and I don't think she is finished yet. In the past she has laid up to 5 eggs and they have usually had 4 babies in a clutch. The previous owner said that they are very good parents. I will be pulling the babies after two weeks to continue hand feeding them. I will be selling the babies for $300.00 If you are interested, you can respond to this ad. I live in Montana and I will ship if necessary. All shipping expenses will be up to you. Thank you and have a great day everyone!

  • Santa - 2013-04-03
    Hi my name is santa and my mom is interested in purchasing one of your baby half moon parrots. We live here in Los angeles and we are wondering how we can purchase a parrot from you. We are not sure how we would be able to get the bird by shipping. We are good people.
  • Teresa - 2013-04-06
    Hello! I have some hand fed babies that will be ready in about a week. I have been in the process of weaning them and I want to make sure they are eating well on their own. You can check with the airlines to see what the shipping cost would be from Bozeman, Montana to your airport. Thank you for your interest! I look forward to hearing from you.
  • joanne - 2013-04-29
    Hi! I'm also interested in a half moon baby. But probably a baby from your next batch. When will you be having your next set of babies? Do u have a website? Email? My airport is San Francisco. I'm in the bay area. Thankyou!
  • Joanne Klaus - 2014-02-12
    Hi Teresa: Do you still have and breed Half-Moon Conures? I'd love to buy a female, or one you believe to be female, as sexing is risky, I realize. There arent many available and they're such gems! I live in Sioux City, Iowa. Please email: brodnjo@cableone.net or call/text 712-253-7750 Thank-you, Joanne
  • Courtney - 2014-03-28
    I have been looking for a half moon for a long time. Are you still breeding? Please contact me with more information.
  • Lourdes - 2014-09-15
    Please let me know if you have any half moon babies available. If you don't at present, pls tell me when you expect some. I have been looking for these babies for a long time now. Pls respond as soon as you can.thanks,
  • barbara - 2015-01-06
    please let me know if you have any half moonn for sale. I have been looking for awhile now and know one has them
  • kelly - 2015-02-13
    I was wondering if you had any half moons fem?what would shipping be to fresno.ca.93212.thank you
  • Anonymous - 2015-03-25
    Hi I'm Jesus, I live in California. I want to buy your half moon, I have one but really needs a buddy.
  • Shaina - 2015-04-27
    I am very interested in buying a half moon , preferably a little boy. How much is shipping to 98032. Thanks
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