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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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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... (more)  Karen Mock

   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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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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Carol Wright - 2014-08-14
yesterday when we got up our Jenday conure was missing two toes,we battled the whole day to help him, it took us time and patience to get the swelling down and had to call the vet about bleeding (dont have a vet here)and this morning when I looked to see why he is looking more unbalanced, he has bitten off one of the back toes, why is he doing this, he keep on picking at the toes,he is with a Sun conure, female who had laid over 40 eggs since last year,none fertile as they one is Jenday & sone Sun conure,we give them healty food, take them for vitamin injections when we do go to a town where there is a Vet , but the pair have always been so content, never locked in a cage, sit on our shoulders,I dont know what to do, is there anyone who can give me some advice please

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-14
    Wow, your poor conure.  These birds are quite active and love to chew, so they need lots of toys to chew on and several perches for lots of activities. But biting off it's own toes is very concerning... and unusual. Don't know what the problem could be, but I suggest you get an avian vet to do a physical and some things you can also ask about are gout, possible vitamin B deficiency, calcium deficiency, and maybe parathyroid glands. All the best to you both.
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sylvia chavez - 2014-07-12
please help for two days mollie wont eat and poops white she is a jenda conures it was trundering the other day could she be shocked - i dont know help me please

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Not eating is a concern. The poop should have some white, but there should also be some solid green or brownish matter as well as clear fluid. If your bird is a new pet she could be adjusting, but talk to the previous owner to find out what they were feeding her, as offering the same food initially can help her adjust. If she is established then there is a good chance something is wrong. Either way, I suggest you take her to a veterinarian for a check up right away.
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