If you are considering a Red Throated Conure, or have just recently decided to add one to your family, they will require a fair amount of your time. In return, they will give you their love and affection for possibly next 20 years. Here are 7 answers to the frequently asked question about this rare and beautiful parrot.
|Red-throated Conure or Red-throated Parakeet (Aratinga rubritorquis) upper body. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
1. Is there any difference between the Red Throated Conure and the Red Throated Parakeet?
No, this is just an alternate name for the same bird. You may also see it referred to as the Orange Throated Conure.
2. How big are they when fully grown? They average between 9 and 12 inches in length and weigh between 4 and 5 ounces.
3. How much attention do they need? You should plan to spend a minimum of several hours a day interacting one on one with this parrot. The more you socialize with your parrot, the more chance you stand of avoiding biting, screaming, and feather plucking.
It is easier to avoid these behaviors than it is to redirect them once they have become a habit. And if your Conure becomes emotionally unhealthy, deterioration of physical health often follows and often opens the door to disease and infection which can ultimately shorten the life of your companion.
4. What kind of cage is best? A stainless steel cage is the best overall choice. It is an expensive cage, but you will only need to purchase one of them because they will last for the lifetime of your bird.
The cage should be large enough to allow your Conure to fully expand its wings in any direction inside the cage. The cage should also contain a variety of toys, perches at different levels, and bar width that is narrow enough to prevent your bird from getting its head caught between them.
5. What's the best way to find an avian vet? One of the best ways is by word of mouth. There are many bird related bulletin boards, forums, and chat rooms. Become a member, join in the discussions, and post your questions.
People are more than happy to share their personal recommendations about vets that they have found helpful. Your breeder is also an excellent resource for finding a vet.
6. How loud are they? On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being really noisy, Conures generally approach an 8. They make loud screeching sounds that can eventually become distracting at best. Again this is a generalization, and you should keep in mind that each bird is different. Using a cage cover that does not let in light will help delay the noise until you remove it in the morning.
If you are still on the fence about a Red Throated Conure, spend some time around the bird to get some idea of how loud the bird you're interested in really is. Then access, whether you think all in your family, will be able to tolerate this for the next 20 years or so. If the answer is yes, you've found a friend for life.
7. What type of air purifier is safe for my Conure? A high-efficiency particle arresting (abbreviated as HEPA) air purifier is safe, efficient, and economical. It is designed to run 24 hours a day to stay ahead of and remove particulates that can clog your bird's air passages.
These particles include feathers, dust, bird dander in addition to those that are found in the average home-- dust, mites, mold and mildew spores, bacteria, and viruses.
A HEPA air purifier is capable of removing bird dander as well as other fine particulates and produces only fresh clean air. A bird dander air purifier can literally add years of life to your Red Throated Conure and you.