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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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so, about 2 years ago we got our little bird muffin. we did not get her at the store, she was left in the house we had just moved into and the old owners told us... (more)  Alex

   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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  • 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
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Alex - 2015-04-20
so, about 2 years ago we got our little bird muffin. we did not get her at the store, she was left in the house we had just moved into and the old owners told us that she had fallen from a tree and they kept her and told us that she was still really young ( she's about 5 inches now). Since we got her she has parts of her body with no feathers. I think she plucks them and besides that she doesn't like people. we put her in her cage by the kitchen so she can hear everyone talk and so she can get us to us, but after 2 years she still doesn't like to handle her. We have never had a bird before, so we don't really know how to work with her or how to make her trust us. we sometimes take her out of the cage and when she's out she usually stands on the shoulders of who ever shes close to. when we sings she sings back to us and we give her pieces of bread as treats since she love it so much! anyway that's kind of our story with her. Today I went to her cage to bring her to the kitchen and to give her food, and usually she is either already standing on the sticks where she stands or she get out of her nest quickly and gets on the sticks. well, today she wouldn't come out of her cage, so I helped her get out and when she managed to get out she couldn't walk properly and she layed in the middle of the cage. I was very worry so, I opened the top of the cage to carry her and check her. surprisingly she did not try to bite me or freak out like she usually does when we try to touch her, so I knew something wasn't right. I tried to feed her and she didn't eat, not even bread, and she loves bread! and she doesn't want to drink water either. she is closing her eyes a lot and squinting and when she stands she puts her head up a little with her beak a bit open and sometimes she opens her beak really big like gasping for air. I put a heating pad by her cage and i put the blanket back on it as well to try to keep her warm and I also turn off the ac off. I put food close to her just in case she wants to eat. Unfortunatly, I don't have a job because im student and my major is very time consuming and I don't think I can afford to take her to the vet. does anyone know what could be wrong with her? she was just fine yesterday. what can I do to help her get better? I hate seeing her like this. i dont know if it's relevant but she laid an egg about 2 months ago overnight, so I didn't see how she act when this happened. could it be that she's going to lay another egg? I apologize for the length of this.

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-04-20
    I'm so sorry to hear about your little Muffin. She has been an awesome companion... and yes, she is ill. I doubt the egg-laying has anything to do with it. It could be something she ate, or it could be something airborne. Is anyone in the neighborhood spraying for insects, or is there anything in the house that could be airborne? You have done the right thing setting her cage that way, but it really is best to get her to an avian veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment right away. Hoping for the best for you two.
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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.
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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.
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Anonymous - 2014-06-17
Pepino loves to be touched! He is a 1 yr old halfmoon conure, demands to be constantly attended to. Can sit on a shoulder all day long, grooms and lets you kiss, and caress his feathers, wings head and under beak. He's a lovely guy (don't know sex so just guessing), loves my husband. And loves to sleep on our chest or in his fur house. Does not say much just 'Pepino' and kissy sounds.

  • Joanne - 2014-06-25
    Do you or does anyone know a reputable breeder who has Half Moons for sale? I'd love to have one!
  • Gen - 2015-01-11
    I know a reputable breeder here in AZ. Message me @ luvmygirls_9597@yahoo.com & I will give you the information. I have an adorable male & he has a huge vocabulary & knows what to say & what they mean. He says, 'you're pretty, I'm pretty, whatcha doing, I'll be back, where are you going? come here, Kiki wanna come out? Kiki come out, Kiki good girl, Good girl, Hi, Pretty baby, Pretty girl, Hi Pretty Girl, Kisses (and makes the noise), Come on, Tiffany, Goodnight, Kiki go night night & I love you. Some things he says w/ attitude. I am having so much fun w/ him it's unreal.
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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.
Reply
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.
Reply