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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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Have orange half moon conure (female) for sale. Reside in NC. Contact at Lynvandy@gmail. com has had false eggs and speaks.  Linda

   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
Lastest Animal Stories on Half-Moon Conure

Linda - 2018-02-23
Have orange half moon conure (female) for sale. Reside in NC. Contact at Lynvandy@gmail. com has had false eggs and speaks.

  • Anonymous - 2018-08-13
    Iam very interested how much
  • Lourdes Fema Acuna - 2018-10-22
    Hi do you still have this female half moon conure?
linda anderson - 2017-05-23
looking for a male halfmoon conure

David Rice - 2016-11-25
A friend of a friend, etc., had two parrots in two cages in his yard. One was a macaw the other a conure. One day he came home to find two young conures hanging on the outside of the conure cage. The resident bird was feeding the two visitors through the wire. After a while the man opened an empty cage and the two homeless conures walked in. My year old Chico was one of the juveniles.

Shae - 2016-10-31
My IRN tragically lost his mate of 8 years last night but i don't think he knows she has died. He seems to be looking for her. What should i do? I may be able to recover his mates body....should i show him she is gone so he can grieve? Do i get him a new friend?

Linda - 2018-02-23
Have orange half moon conure (female) for sale. Reside in NC. Contact at Lynvandy@gmail. com has had false eggs and speaks.

  • Anonymous - 2018-08-13
    Iam very interested how much
  • Lourdes Fema Acuna - 2018-10-22
    Hi do you still have this female half moon conure?
linda anderson - 2017-05-23
looking for a male halfmoon conure

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: 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 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
  • linda - 2016-06-29
    Hello, Hello, Hello!Wow! they sound prolific. my hubby and I have brought amale moon. we have desired to find a mate for our little boy our little family. I do realize that your posted letter was a few years past, but we are hopeful that your little sweethearts are still in love and productive.Please contact us asap. thank you for your time. Have a great day! (951)674-8778. Anytime friend! Sincerely, and truly yours, Linda & Lorin Torgeson
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.