Jenday Conure Profile

Aratinga jenday

by Sally Blanchard

» Also called Jandaya Parakeet
» Endemic to northeastern Brazil
» Closely related to the Sun Conure
» About 12” in length
» Wild populations are considered stable
» The Aratinga solstitialis complex includes three additional species from Brazil: Jandaya Parakeet, Golden-capped Parakeet, and Sulphur-breasted Parakeet
» A common companion conure although not as common as the Sun conure

From my experience, Jenday conures are generally delightful, acrobatic, and fun parrots. The three common birds in the solstitialis group (the Gold-cap, Jenday, and Sun conures) have similar personalities. Most of them are big chewers and can be quite loud unless the people in their lives work with them to distract their screaming into more positive behaviors like whistling or talking (or mumbling).

In Pet Bird Report #61, Lisa Zumita writes about her Jenday and Gold-cap conures.She writes about how her Jenday is a big chewer and remarks that both birds will be quiet as long as they have something to chew on. She also discusses the fact that the two birds decided to live together and that her Jenday moved in with her Gold-cap. This has not caused any problems with their relationship with her. I think that this is fairly normal with conures. While many parrot-family birds can become more difficult if they live with another parrot, conures rarely establish an exclusive bond with the other bird. They tend to still relate positively to the people in their lives.  Of course their caregivers have to continue giving them attention together and individually. Perhaps there potential for bonding to both another parrot and a person has something to do with the fact that they generally live in large flocks in the wild. 




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