Blue crown conures may be a good choice for first-time parrot owners, as they are less aggressive and less prone to biting than some other breeds. They are generally amiable and affectionate birds who love socializing with their owners, and the best way to ensure that they are happy is to make sure that they have enough external stimuli in their environment to keep them from becoming bored.
Signs Your Blue Crown Conure is Unhappy
Some warning signs that your blue crown conure might not be happy include obsessive feather plucking, biting or screaming. Sometimes conures engage in this behavior because they are bored or need exercise. If this is the case with your bird, you should first make sure that his cage is large enough to allow him to climb up and down from a perch and fly. You should socialize with him and let him out of the cage to exercise on a daily basis.
Socializing With Your Conure
In the wild, blue crown conures are often seen in large flocks. They are naturally very social and talkative birds and are happiest when they are interacting with their owners or other conures. They particularly enjoy learning tricks when they are praised or rewarded. This can be a good way for owners and birds to bond. Try training your conure by giving him firm commands, then giving him praise and a treat when he does the right thing.
Other Ways to Make Sure Your Conure is Happy
Blue crown conures are intelligent birds, and you’ll need to make sure that yours has enough exercise and entertainment to keep him from getting bored. Conures particularly like climbing and chewing, so a rope may make a good toy. They also like being able to make noise and may be highly entertained by any toy with a bell attached. Spend as much time with your conure as you can, and when you leave the house, leaving a radio or TV on may help to keep him entertained.
Signs There May Be Something Wrong
Sometimes even if you think you’ve provided a good environment for your conure, he still may exhibit unhappy behaviors. If you notice your conure plucking at his feathers a lot, he may have a disease and will need to be taken to a vet. Your conure might scream or bite if he becomes jealous of a new family member (such as a baby or another pet) or is under too much stress. Stress can have negative health effects over time, so make sure not to overstimulate your conure but gradually get him used to any major changes in his environment.
Juliana Weiss-Roessler has been writing since 2000. She worked as the head of the Web content department for the star of an Emmy-nominated reality series. Her ghostwriting has appeared in "PARADE" and "People." Weiss-Roessler is a blogger for Resumark and an editor for Pink Raygun. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida.