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Lifespan: 20-30 years
Size: 10-12” with tail


  • Cockatiel seed/pellet mix
  • 50% cockatiel seed
  • 50% cockatiel pellet (when mature, switch to conure pellet)
  • Fresh greens (refer to the bird diets sheet for a complete listing)
  • Spray Millet
  • Treats may consist of:
    • Prepackaged bird treats
  • Avoid these foods:
    • Chocolate & other candy
    • Onions
    • Avocados

Caging & Environment

  • Conures can be housed in any cage that features 3/4” bar spacing, but also need enough surface area to extend their wings.
  • They should have several perches , preferably made of different materials – wood, rope, etc. with varying diameters.
  • Provide a water cup, seed cup, and fresh food cup as well as a cuttlebone.
  • Toys from each category should be provided: destructible, communication, enrichment, and exercise (see Bird Toy Pie sheet for more information).


  • There are over 50 species of conures.
  • Conures require constant mental stimulations – if not provided with something to do at all times, conures may become aggressive or may pluck out their feathers.
  • A conure’s cage should be located in an area of the home that is most used by the family – they love to interact! If they feel ignored, they will often scream to get your attention.
  • Although not the best talkers, conures will try to mimic what they hear.
  • Conures love to cuddle! Give them a soft hide area, like a Happy Hut. They enjoy a lot of handling and nuzzling with their owners.