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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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Just read some comments. I want to add a few more observations. Our bird does seem to be selective with people, likes some and not others. In the evening he gets a... (more)  Paul Jameson

   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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Paul Jameson - 2017-09-20
Just read some comments. I want to add a few more observations. Our bird does seem to be selective with people, likes some and not others. In the evening he gets a little more aggressive, kind of like a small child when he gets tired it think. Juanito begs when we eat, but I have noticed that even though he can digest the food, I think we should not give him human food like bread, even though he loves it. noticed that sometimes he gets more aggressive after eating bread. Maybe its the sugar in our food, don't know. He also likes to eat one little weed in our yard. This bird is weird. And he loves to look a penguins on TV.

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Paul Jameson - 2017-09-20
We have a Jenday. What a character. The bird is very intelligent. We first taught him to turn in circles to get a treat, but now HE has expanded it to mean 'I want' anything. He has become aggressive to some family members and after a while we noticed that it happens sometimes when his favorite person enters the room. He likes me, but will let my daughter handle him, until i walk in then he will attack her. Strange. But that does not mean he will not attack everyone, me included. We cannot carry mops, combs, toothbrushes, water bottles, or water drinking glasses around him, though cups are okay. One day when he attacked me I treated him harshly by striking him on the beak with my finger saying loudly 'No! No! No!' and so he learned the word no. He has learned several words: bed and outside are two others. Several days after punishing him for attacking me i said to him 'time to go to bed, bed, bed.' and he responded, 'no'! Amazing. Our bird flys and we leave him outside on the patio during the day, which is open to the back yard. He never leaves the yard however. In fact he will fly along the fence lines and return to his cage. There are hawks in the neighborhood and they are a danger. I have noticed however, that Juanito is a very fast and acrobatic flyer. He has outrun a hawk twice, but they do scare him. Once he flew into a bush in the neighbor's yard to escape and would not come back until I called him. And when he did he sat on my finger and squawked and squawked and squawked as if he was trying to tell me his problem. We have a vegetable garden, and Juanito likes to go to the garden, but only when someone else goes. then he will sit on top of a trellis and pren. Like a baby he likes to be talked to so I talk to him a lot. Also the little guy loves to play a game with me. I call it bang beak. If i drum my fingers on a surface, he will mimic me with his beak and has even come up with interesting combinations. a very smart little guy who has a huge personality, holds grudges, has an excellent memory and loves to play.

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Vivian - 2012-01-11
My conure is almost 2 years old and we have had her for more than one year. Usually she is very lovely and get along with everyone in the family. My husband and I always let her play outside of her cage until 3 months ago when she suddenly started to bite some visitors very hard. After the same attack happened a few times, we started to put her into the cage when we have visitors. However, yesterday, after her attacked one lady who is my mothers friend, she attacked my mother twice as well. We thought maybe she was just confused about the two people and after one night, she would remember my mother again.

Unfortunatly, she flew to my mother and bit her hard again when she saw her at the kitchen this morning. I had to put her into the cage sadly because my mother is so scared. I feel bad and worried. I do not want to lock her in the cage all the time, but I am afraid that she will attack my mother again. What should I do?

  • Vivian - 2012-01-11
    Thank you very much Charlie. I feel better now after read your comments. You are right, she likes to sit on the chair next to mine and have dinner together with family, but I am not sure if it is safe to do so tonight. I think that talking to her and giving her little treats when she is in the cage is a good approach to reintroduce mom to her. I will try it tonight. However, holding her and getting close to my mom looks dangerous for now, because she becomes so aggressive that can not stay for one second on my fingure once she sees my mom. All she wants is giving her a big bite :(
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Sorta different behavior for a conure but certainly not unusual. Your little guy is part of your FAMILY FLOCK and has talken it upon himself to essentially protect HIS FLOCLK from outside creatures. That is pretty normal. A conure doesn't usually get agressive though but please realize yours is starting the big bad word PUBERTY. My guess would be that by accident or unpurpose someone frightened your little guy. It doesn't take a lot. My one bird is terrified of bright red hair. Little boy came in with bright red hair and my macaw went nuts - So probably a visitor came in and for some reason your little fella became frightened and yes - for some reason he now associates your mom with the visitor. Your mom has to be re-introduced to your little fella slowly --- She can just be around when he is in his cage and give him special treats (cheerios or hulled sunflower seeds). She can talk to him or you can HOLD him while she is there. Don't just remove the bird and place him in the cage but re introduce the feathered fella to the mom. Do it slowly. The bird thinks he is protecting you or possibly mis placed aggression against your mom's friend but it is going to be OK. Just might take some time and extra effort. Just go slow. Let the fethered fella go forward on his own time with your mom and don't try and force it. You can't just forcibly hold the conure in your hand and get him to make up to your mom cuz the conure will just bite you. You can set a plate for your conure when you eat dinner with all the good stuff from the table and let your mom give it to your conure though. It would be nice to know if at all possible what your moms friend and your mom have in common - ie something simple like a neck scarf or something.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Similar thing but not exactly the same. I went on vacation and my neighbor who knows all my birds and geta along just fine with all watches/feeds them for me. I happen to be baby sitting a proven pair of amazons for someone else and the female got out of the cage. My neighbor couldn't just 'pick it up' and I told her to net or throw a towel over it. She did and all was OK except my cockatoo who gets along with everyone decided that my neighbor was the monster from Mars for 2 months. My neighbor felt terrible and it took a few treats and talking before my cockatoo would not just SCREAM at her but all is fine now. I would just go slow and give the bird some 'forgiveness time' for whatever frightened him. Conures are forgiving once they realize who actually belongs to the FLOCK.
  • Alexandria Bunger - 2014-03-11
    I can relate to this....My JC attacks my step daughter who recently moved in with us...He typically loves everyone and would allow guests to pet him and handle him for a little while. BUT, when my daughter moved in he became so territorial... he would do this weird dance and hiss at her. We tried to help him get to know her and he started tolerating her (barely). She was on the phone and she told someone about the EVIL bird and when she hung up he just attacked her. He no longer tolerates her and if he hears her voice he gets into attack mode. She has since moved out and he no longer attacks anyone. He loves his family and she was new and not leaving at the end of the day... He just did not like that. I LOVE MY BIRD!
  • Beverly - 2017-07-17
    VIvian, I am having this exact problem with my Jenday who turned two in May. Back around that time he attacked my son's girlfriend with whom he was well acquainted. He would always go to her and let her pet him. I brought him to our vacation home for the first time and he seemed to adapt pretty well. Our oldest son is here and the bird adores him, my niece came right when we arrived and though they had never met he lived her too! If she was in the house he was with her! Since that time, anyone who had ventured into the house had been attacked and I can't trust him at all. He even attacked my husband who he was used to. I can't help but feel that it is a combination of him coming into puberty and it being breeding season and all, coupled with being in a new place and seeing more people in and out than he is used to. I feel that it is all territorial and protective. I read today to limit the amount of sunlight hours to 10 or under but we are already doing that as he goes to bed at 6:30 and I generally don't get him up until 9:00. I have read inferences to the developmental stage that equates to puberty and how trying it can be but I must say it was not easy to find out when to expect that stage to occur or what it is like. I think you and I are experiencing it with our Jendays now. I hope it doesn't last too long and I am certainly open to suggestions. Good luck!


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sinanan maharaj - 2017-05-01
I love conures, need to purchase one. I live in Ontario Canada. can you send me relevant info 'how to acquire a bird of this type.

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sinanan maharaj - 2017-05-01
I love conures, need to purchase one. I live in Ontario Canada. can you send me relevant info 'how to acquire a bird of this type.

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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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