Nanday Conure
Nandayus nenday

Description: Overall plumage green;
Details: yellowish green lower breast; under wings; belly; under tail and lower back. Head is black; deep blue throat and upper breast; lower thighs are red; flight feathers blue; black end of tail and wings; bill black and feet brownish.

Length: Approximately 12 inches (30 cm)

Origination: Brazil, south-west Bolivia, Paraguay, northern Argentina were it is common.

Aviculture: Nandays are often noted for their noise, so do consider this noise factor as it can be a disadvantage in built up areas, where neighbours might complain. The noisy times are early morning and late afternoon, they can also be very noisy if disturbed. They will soon get used to their owners and not be as noisy when they approach them. This intelligent parakeet is hardy and not difficult to keep. They enjoy being in a large aviary and are happiest in groups, they will tolerate other parakeets of similar size. They enjoy chewing so provide lots of fresh branches which should be washed and be those which are safe for the birds to chew. They also enjoy bathing so it is a good idea to provide them with a large bath or give them tepid sprays when the weather is warm enough.

The Aviary: Do try to allow 20 square feet (2 square metres) per pair in a communal aviary. If you are just keeping one pair the flight should be at least 9 x 3 x 6 feet (3 x 1 x 2 metres) plus a sheltered area of 3 x 4.5 x 6 feet. (1 x 1.5 x 2 metres). This needs to be well constructed as these birds do like to chew.

Breeding: Often achieved in aviculture, best suited to colony breeding in a large aviary. Usually May to August are the best breeding months. Clutch size from 3-6 eggs; incubation 23-24 days with fledging from the nest at around 7-8 weeks. The young can be left with the adult birds and need not be removed at fledging.

Suitability as a Pet: They make good pets, but do not suit some people because of their raucous shouts. They have a lot of character and generally make good talkers and imitators. Some times they like to have something to snuggle into on the floor of the cage such as an old sock. As with the purchase of any parrot for a pet it is always a wise choice to buy a hand reared baby from the breeder or reputable pet shop. Handle them at least once a day and give them a chance to fly and spread their wings. Feed them on a good quality parrot seed mix supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables. Don't forget to buy some toys they like to play.


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