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Patagonian Conure

 (other names: Pattie)

Patagonian Conure
origin:South and Central America
life expectancy:20 years
scientific name:Cyanoliseus patagonus
family:Psittacidae
dimensions:45 to 48 cm
compatibility: goodsinging ability: not very melodiousloudiness: very loud
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History [ edit ]

The Patagonian Conure is a parrot native from the Patagonian region, the bottom of the South American continent and the only specie of the Cyanoliseus genus. However, there are three recognized subspecies. Patagonian means “big feet” in Spanish and this is one of the traits of this bird that set them apart from other conures.

The Patagonian conure grew in popularity around the 1990s which led to the illegal trading of the bird and it´s decline of population in the wild, especially the sub specie Greater Patagonian Conure (Cyanoliseus patagonus byroni). To the scarcity of the Patagonian Conure also contributed the persecution of these birds by locals due to their appetite for crops. 
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Housing [ edit ]

Patagonian Conures need space, not only because of their size but also because they are very active and playful. Cages should have at least 90 x 90 x 90 cm and as usual, the bigger the better. In these conditions, the bird should be taken out of the cage frequently to be able to exercise. They live better in aviaries which allow them to fly back and forward.

They can be housed together with other species like the Monk Parakeet, the Slender-billed Conure or the Austral Conure, as well with their own kind. Special attention must be paid during matting season, since biting might occur in special cases.

Toys and perches are a must. Bathtubs are also very appreciated by conures. 
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Diet [ edit ]

The diet of this conure isn’t much different than their cousin’s. Canary seed with safflower seeds, spinach beet and other vegetables, commercial pellets and fruits. Sweet apple makes a great treat.
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Temperament [ edit ]

There are a couple of things that are unique in this bird. The big feet and the ability to burrow their eggs are definitely their trademarks. The Patagonian Conure is a very active bird that loves to play and chew. They live in large flocks in the wild, where they also have “roosting tendencies”. As the largest conure of the group, they are very loud and tend to vocalize at sunrise and sundown, which doens´t makes them the ideal apartment pet. They can mimic human words better than most conures, since most are able to pick up a few words. However this depends on the individual.

Often referred to as “Patties”, The Patagonian Conures are very affectionate and create strong bond with the owners. They are very social, living in the wild in very large flocks and even nesting close together. They prefer tunnels in high cliffs as nesting place. As flock birds they won’t be aggressive to humans or even other birds, however during breeding season they do tend to become more hostile.

Patagonian Conures like to be on the ground, where they olive and brownish plumage works as an excellent camouflage in the wild. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

The Patagonian Conure is quite different from other conures. It is known by their big feet but also by their large size, which may vary from 45 to 48 cm, depending on the sub-specie, and by the small beak in proportion to it’s size.

The largest of all the conures species are spectacular birds mostly olive green with a brownish tonality but with blue flight feathers. The lower part of the abdomen is dull red. Some individuals have white feathering on the breast, but they all have white eye rings. Sexing is very difficult and for breeding purposes is advisable DNA testing. Young birds have white upper bills.  
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Species [ edit ]

  • Lesser Patagonian Conure (Cyanoliseus Patagonus Patagonus) – 45 cm of brownish and olive-green plumage with yellow highlights on the head and wings, black bill and flesh-colored feet. It is the most common of the subspecies both in the wild and aviary. However their numbers in the native land are also declining.
  • Andean Patagonian Conure (Cyanoliseus Patagonus Andinus) - Slightly darker than the Lester kind with a dark brown throat. It´s length is 45 cm.
  • Greater Patagonian Conure (Cyanoliseus Patagonus Byroni) – The largest of the subspecies, with 48 cm. The white feathers on the breast are always present.
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