Maroon Bellied Conure is also called the red bellied conure, the
green cheeked is also very similar. There is little difference
between these close relatives who are sometimes mixed up. The green
cheeked tend to have a little more red in their tails, the older
green cheeked will also develop beige patches around the ear. The
other main difference in appearance is that the scaly markings on
the chest will usually extend much lower on the chest of the maroon
bellied. All Conures have the distinctive bold patch around their
eyes which remind us that they are related to the Macaw family.
Conures have become popular as pets, . They like all conures
have a lot of character, their distinctive markings and small bodies
make them a suitable parrot for beginners, they like to fly but
also love to be petted. Make sure you allow your pet the opportunity
of flying, then it will be happy to sit on your finger and be petted.
These little characters will enjoy tickles and being fed on the
hand, watch out for their beaks as they can nip too!
Conures are not renowned as 'talkers' they can usually manage their
name, 'Hello', and mimicking the telephone. Sometimes individuals
will learn a limited repertoire, others have been reported chattering
away. Another factor to consider when thinking of buying a Conure
as a pet is that conures can be noisy. Most Conures are spring
breeders, and often become more noisy at this time. Some birds can
change from their normal comparatively docile demeanour and become
very explosive, enthusiastic, aggressive and be so full of energy
that their owners wonder what has happened to their parrot. Most
pet conures pass this stage quickly, especially if you remain the
boss and don't let your parrot take control.
going to a local breeder or Pet Shop to buy a parrot it is a good
idea to read as many books, magazines and articles as possible.
You can learn about the temperaments of each species. These short
articles are designed to give you a brief idea about the different
species, what they look like and some information. The best pet
parrots are always friendly and cuddly and will usually be a youngster
that has been hand-reared.
you are thinking of buying a conure as a pet be sure to handle the
bird yourself and see if the bird likes you. If you have done your
research and you are happy with the bird then you'll be ready to
buy. If in doubt read and look around some more. Maroon- Bellied
Conures or green cheeked Conures are suitable parrots for beginners
with character and colour.