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Nanday Conure

Black-hooded Parakeet

Family: Psittacidae Picture of a Nanday Conure or Black-hooded ParakeetNandayus nendayPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Dave Forsyth
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I just got a Nanday hybrid who is now like 22 weeks old. When he was in the pet store he was ok, not agressive but he was with other conures on perches, loose all... (more)  Tammi Fleming Hauhuth

   This juvenile Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet is about 5 months old. He is a super sweet bird by anybody's standards!

   Typical behavior of the Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet is demonstrated by the cute little youngster 'Nan', pictured above.

   "Nan" loves to come out of the cage. He comes to the front of the cage every time someone comes near. He likes to tumble and toss everything in his cage. He knocks his perches down, empties his water as soon as you put it in, and tips over everything that is not securely attached...all for FUN! He has proven to be a very good escape artist, too. His cage doors must be securely fastened with wire.

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

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

Scientific Name:Nandayus nenday
(Syn: Aratinga nenday)

   The Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet is native to southeastern Bolivia, southern Mato Grosso, northern Argentina, Chaco Formosa, and Paraguay. It is also been introduced in North America with colonies reported in the southern and eastern parts of the United States.

   The head is black, along with the cheeks and throat, which looks like a cap. The rest of the body is green, the throat and breast are blue, and the feet are red.

Size - Weight:
   Mature birds are about 11-12 inches long and weigh 5.2 ounces.

Care and feeding:
   The main diet of the Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet should primarily be nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. A commercially prepared pelleted diet can also be beneficial.

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

Social Behaviors:
  Wild conures are friendly and peaceful. They live together in large flocks, often with monk parakeets.

Activities: Loves to climb and play. Provide lots of toys Picture of a Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet
Photo © Animal-World: Courtesy Rob Hast

   Nanday Conures are sexually mature at three years of age. The hen will lay two to six eggs which incubate for 24-26 days. The cock usually sits on or near the nesting box. The parents should be fed food that is enriched with calcium and mineral supplements.

Potential Problems:    Like the Aratinga conures, the Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet can be noisy, they have a high pitched screech that can be annoying.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for more information.


Availability: The Nanday Conure or Black-hooded Parakeet is readily available.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Nanday Conure

Tammi Fleming Hauhuth - 2015-02-28
I just got a Nanday hybrid who is now like 22 weeks old. When he was in the pet store he was ok, not agressive but he was with other conures on perches, loose all day in the store. When we took him home he changed into a biting mean bird. I have had him now about a month and have been trying to work with him, he will only come to me but now he is getting more and more agressive with me and I dont know if he wants to bite me. I am thinking about returning him to the store. I do love him, but am torn and dont know what to do.

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-28
    Nanday conures are very intelligent birds. When a parrot goes into a new environment, they don't know the place, the routine or the people, and are faced with a big adjustment. The first month is actually the best time to establish the relationship you'll have.  First look at the environment of the bird. Often they will start to act out if they become bored, or get frustrated from things like too small a cage, lack of toys, or loneliness. Sometimes a keeper unintentionally encourages bad habits, so you need to look at your own behavior too, to make sure you're not actually rewarding the bird's bad behavior. Things like acknowledging the bad behavior by scolding or just letting the bird out of its cage may simply be taken as a reward by the bird. The bird must learn that biting is not the way to get what it wants. To train these birds, you must gain trust but also establish yourself as the 'flock leader.' Things like making sure the bird is alway at a submissive height, so no higher than your chest, both when out of the cage and its position in the cage, can help. There's are many things you can do, and you're on the right track because you care:)
Tiffany Neal - 2014-12-01
My aunt gave her nanday conure cause she took in my dead grandmas hyecen macaw who my grandma spoiled rotten where it doest allow u to talk to anyone but him or on the phone he squawks nonstop all day long where the nanday started plucking het feathers out on her belly and under her wings cause of him now I have her in my quite apartment and she gets alot of attention and love I have notice some downy like feathers like maybe 3 to 4 on her belly does that mean all her feathers will grow back cause we by we me and my aunt goes to a store call bird fever said it might not grow back in so I wanna know if there is even a slightest chance it will plz let me know

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-12-02
    It could be that the feathers will grow back. Having a quiet home reduces stress, but these birds still need plenty to do so make sure you have toys and things for it to climb around on.
maria tapia - 2014-04-10
Hi, I've had my nanday bird for around a year. She has always been happy and playful. Not that long ago she started acting weird. She has been avoiding me. She has two cages, one for sleep and one for day time. She has been spending a lot of time in her 'bedroom'. She also bit me and she really has never bitten me before. Every time I try to spend time with her she just seems so sad. I don't know what's wrong with her. Can you please help me?

  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    How old is she? My first thought is maybe she is sexually maturing and is going into a breeding cycle. Some birds seem to completely change personalities when they are going through that. My other thought is that maybe she is lonely. Are you gone a lot of the day? It's possible she is just craving more attention.
sandra - 2014-01-21
Hi, my name is Sandra our two nanday's just hatched two babies last week, every thing seemed fine. Today both babies are dead she is still laying on the other eggs, I feel so bad. Not sure what happened, this was their first flock together could that be why ?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    That could be the problem. Sometimes new parents are not always good at raising their first batch of young, even though they are doing their best. The next hatchlings may be better, or it may take another egg laying session.
marie worthing - 2011-09-11
I'm looking for nanday conures parrots to buy.Can you help me? I live in Texas. In Henderson county but i will travel a long distance if the price is right. Thank you. (903)432-3214

  • laurie - 2012-03-10
    i just bought one from a lady in Euless. $250 if that is a good price for you.
marie worthing - 2011-09-11
I'm looking for nanday conures parrots to buy. Can you help me? I live in Texas. In Henderson county but I will travel a long distance if the price is right. Thank you.

Tod Tucker - 2011-01-28
I am looking for a Nanday Conure. I lost my baby last weekend in a tragic accident. I am having a hard time finding breeders. I bought Archie 12 years ago in Denver. I now live in Tulsa, OK.

Thank you!

Lauri - 2011-01-21
How to find a good breeder in my area?