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Conure Diet

Conure parrots are said to be very easy to take care of, and the rewards you get for being a loving owner are endless. Scientists have long established that parrots are perhaps the smartest species of bird on the planet. This claim is based not only on their ability to speak, but because of their rapid learning and retention when it comes to training. If you are an owner of a conure parrot, or if you simply are curious about them, here is some basic information you may want to know about these amazing birds.

Parrots belong to the class Aves, or the bird group in the vertebrates of the animal kingdom. Conures, particularly is used as a general term to describe the Family Psittacidae, of which there are five known genera: Aratinga, Pyrrhura, Brotogeris, Enicognathus, and Cyanoliseus. These genera of conures have been traced to originate from South America. The sizes of conures vary, which can be from 9 inches from head to tail, or even up to 19 inches. You can find some conures who have green feathers, yellow, orange, and even red as well.

So what kind of diet do conures follow? Conures, like most varieties of parrots, are frugivores, which means that they eat mainly fruits, nuts, and plant products. Some conures have been known to eat small insects as well. Because owning a conure means you need to put the animal in a cage, you should be careful about its diet because it will adapt differently as compared to living in the wild. Here is some basic data: conures, which as said before, are found in tropical regions in South America, like to feed on fruits, nuts, berries, flower buds, seeds, and grains. Contrary to common belief, it is not very recommended that you feed your conure seeds only.

Currently, pet shops and exotic pet stores sell formulated foods for parrots like conures. These food items come in pellets, which make it easier for the conure to eat, without having to crack open or peel fruits or nuts. These formulations contain extracts from seeds, plus additional vitamins and nutrients that the animal needs for maintenance of health. If you decide to feed your conure the pellet formulated diets, you can still opt to feed fresh fruits, as they contain phytonutrients or natural antioxidants that may not be present in most seeds or pellet foods. Note that you can also supplement other minerals and vitamins for your conure as necessary, which helps keep your pet immune from diseases.

Remember, it also pays to add variety to your pets meal. It has been observed that conures tend to become bored if the same foods are served to them, so they are less receptive to training. If you are training your conure, you should add foods that will assist him in his learning process. You can put vitamins in his drinking water, give sliced fresh fruits and vegetables, and even add a cuttlebone inside his cage. Check with your local pet shop for your options regarding conure food.




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