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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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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... (more)  maria tapia

   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

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.
cynthia - 2003-09-28
One day my mom and myself were walking out of petsmart. A lady was walking to the store with a nanday and i told her what a beautiful bird. The woman asked me if i wanted her. She said the birds name was 2k i said sure. well to make a long story short, 2k is very happy she gets to come out of her cage when she is ready the first day she was very nippy but now she is fine.She gets along with my children and myself. She a pleasure to have with our family and she rules the roost


Olga - 2003-07-31
I have the same bird, i got him from my sister, she couldn't take his screeming any more, and i felt sorry for him. No he lives with me and like to play a lot takes a shower with me every morning. His cages is always open so he flyes everywere in the house, and loves it, dosen't screm that much. I am very happy with him. Needs a lot of attention. Read a lot about those birds before buying!!!

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.
Betty Clift - 2013-11-29
My nanaday had a problem with feather picking . By the time we noticed it, she had managed to pick her chest completely bare. She spent 24 hrs on an IV at the vets. And 10 days on L-10 treatment. Her eating habits never did change, and now she acts like she never was ill.

BUT her chest area still has no feathers on it, where she had plucked it down to the skin. I have put her on vitamins, hoping that would help. She no longer is plucking, but I was wondering if there is anything more I could be doing to promote feather growth for her?

Thank you.


  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    A parrots feathers will usually grow back over time after being pulled out. There are several suggestions others have used to help. A Nutritional supplement many praise is called Featheriffic which has lecithin, B vitamins, flax, and amino acids to help grow feathers back. Many use it along with a product called Avicalm, which contains L-theanine and green tea and is good for general stress control. Alone or together, they can be sprinkled on the food. If your parrot won't eat the food with these on it, a somewhat less beneficial alternative is adding them to the water bowl.

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