- Usually found in flocks of varying sizes
- Makes a high “Ker-EET” sound while flying.
- Are the second largest conure species.
- They develop their red feathers as they mature.
Animals — Aves (birds) — Psittaciformes (parrots) — Psittacidae (true parrots)
Mitred conures are a smaller species of parrot with long tails. They are green with red flecks and spots on the head and thighs, and have white eye rings. Some adults have one or two red feathers where the wing bends.
They are very social and are normally seen in flocks. These flocks can be large, numbering around 100 individuals, and flocks of around 2,000 have been seen at roosting places. They nest colonially.
These conures seem adept at adapting, as there are feral breeding populations in Hawaii and California. They are classed as “least concern” and seem to be abundant. However, they could suffer from deforestation and many birds are collected from the wild for the pet trade.
Habitat: Rainforests and woodlands.
–Average weight: 0.2kg
–Average length: 0.35m
In the wild up to: 18 years
In captivity up to: 20+ years
Diet: They are herbivores and so eat plants. They mostly eat fruit, nuts and seeds.
Distribution: The Andes from parts of Peru to Bolivia to Argentina.
Conservation: Safari Zoo Nature Foundation(SZNF) supports the Tambopata Macaw Project in South-east Peru. This is a long running research project that was started in 1989.
This project is vital to understanding the wild behaviour of macaws and other parrots and how best to conserve them. The research aids parrot conservation world wide.