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Jenday Conure ~ Janday Conure

Jandaya Conure, Yellow-headed Conure

Family: Psittacidae Picture of a Jenday Conure or Janday ConureAratinga jandayaPhoto Courtesy: Flavia Lopes
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Hello, a very good friend of mine father gave me a 15 year old Jenday. He used to keep him in the house, let him out daily to play and cuddle. Then his wife dies... (more)  Minnie

   The Jenday Conure is probably the best known of the Aratinga conures, as well as being one of the most popular and commonly kept!

   The Jenday Conure is quite striking with its beautiful colors. They are closely related to the Sun Conure Aratinga solstitialis and the Golden-capped Conure Aratinga auricapilla. Sometimes there is confusion between the Jenday Conure and the Sun Conure but you can easily identify the Jenday by its green wings and back, while the Sun has mostly yellow wings.

   A super sweet bird, the attractive Jenday Conure is very sociable and makes a very tame and loveable companion. They love to "talk", and yes, they are rather noisy little creatures. Being very active, they enjoy playing with toys, climbing, and chewing. Their antics can be very comical and at the same time they are very affectionate.

   If you are looking for a beautiful conure, the Jenday Conure will certainly capture your attention. It is also much less costly than the Golden Conure or the Queen of Bavaria Conure, two conures which are often touted for their beauty.

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


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

Scientific Name: Aratinga jandaya

Distribution:
   These birds are native to northeastern Brazil.

Description:
   The Jenday Conure is a small member of the parrot family, and is very colorful. The head and upper breast are a golden yellow that blends into a reddish gold on the lower abdomen. Sometimes they will have an olive yellow breast. The wings, upper tail, and upper back are green moving into an orangish red on the lower back. The underside of the tail is black and the under side of the wings are an orangish red. The tip of the tail and the outer wing feathers are blue. The beak and the feet are black.
   A mature Jenday Conure reaches its full coloration at about two years of age. A younger bird will have duller coloration; a paler yellow head and neck with some greens, and a paler red on the breast.

Size - Weight:
   The Jenday Conure will get up to 11 4/5" (30 cm), 4.4 ozs for the male and
5 ozs for the female (125g -142 g).

Care and feeding:
   A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of sprouts, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.

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

Social Behaviors:
   They live in pairs or small groups of 10 to 15 birds. They love to play, and can be fairly destructive if not watched. They can also be rather noisy. Despite all this, they make a real fun pet and are very popular.

"Roxy", picture of a Jenday conure Roxy Photo Courtesy:
David Rein Henderson

"Hi , this is Roxy, on my daughter Caley's shoulder!"....Dave"

Breeding/Reproduction:
   They breed readily if they have the right size aviary. Though these birds will need to be either DNA or surgically sexed for a certain determination, the iris of the female is light brown and they have a grayish white eye ring while the male's iris is darker and his eye ring is pure white.
   The hen lays three to four eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. Both parents will feed the young. The young fledge (leave the nest) after about two months. The ideal nest box size should be 21 1/2" x 10" x 11" (55x25x28 cm), with a 2 3/4" opening (7 cm) which the parents will chew on and alter it to their liking.
   There has been a hybrid conure produced by crossing a Jenday Conure with a Nanday Conure.

Potential Problems:    As with most Aratinga species, this bird can be noisy.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:
  This bird is generally available. They can usually be found at pet stores and reputable breeders.

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

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
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Minnie - 2016-05-07
Hello, a very good friend of mine father gave me a 15 year old Jenday. He used to keep him in the house, let him out daily to play and cuddle. Then his wife dies and he kept him out back on the pool patio during the warm weather and inside during the colder times. Now he bites, lunges, screams and will not talk. What do I do. I will transfer his cage on the patio while I am out there reading then back inside when I go in. I am always talking to him. But. He will not let me get near him at all.. I'm thinking he needs a lot of love and attention to trust that I will not toss him out on the patio and forget about him. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks

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Vajra Giri Gowda - 2015-03-18
Need a jenday conure urgent.

  • Antonia - 2015-04-16
    Do you still need one?
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Karen Mock - 2014-11-01
I adopted a Jenday Conure I was told he is around 12 years old.He loves to listen to music and dances he also loves to watch bird videos on YouTube. He has recently been very moody I can't seem to please him with anything and he nips at me not hard but enough to let me know he's not happy and growls in my ear. Can you please tell me what I'm doing wrong?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-02
    You may not be doing anything wrong. You didn't say how long you've had him, or anything about his environment, but I'm assuming he has a good sized cage and plenty of toys for his active nature.

    A rule of thumb is about a month for a parrot to acclimate to a new home. During that time they are usually at their best, then as they become comfortable previously learned behaviors start to emerge.  Be sure you are consistent with daily routines and your expectations. Then time and patience, along with plenty of love, are your best tools.
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Karin Wessels - 2014-09-02
Good day our Jenday Conure, is a loner for 12 years now! We thought 'Toet' is a boy, but now al of a sudden it laid 4 eggs in 2 weeks time and Toet is alone! My wife is the original owner for 12 j and I only known Toet for a bit longer then a year! Toet excepted me as his partner and basically run away from my wife for example if she takes him out of the cage and I am near Toet will fly to me instantly and do not want to go back to her! I do spend a lot of time with Toet and is very jealous, if one of my dogs come to close Toet will chase down my shoulder to bite them! Why is Toet laying eggs and what are to be done with the eggs and what do we do to stop it!

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    Nice to hear about your Jenday, sounds like a great bird. It's actually not unusual for a single parrot, at quite a mature age, to lay eggs, though it can be shocking to you. Leave the eggs with her until she is ignoring them, because if you remove them it will simply lead her to laying more eggs. A lot of signals go into egg laying, including longer daylight hours. You can increase the amount of time it is dark by covering the cage. Egg laying is stressful for the bird too, so an adequate diet is very important to keep her in good health. Increase the amount of calcium in her diet, you can do this by offering a cuttle bone, if she'll use it, or by adding calcium to the food. A trip to an avian vet for a check up would also be a good idea to rule out any other complications.
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Vajra Giri Gowda - 2015-03-18
Need a jenday conure urgent.

  • Antonia - 2015-04-16
    Do you still need one?
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