Dusky-headed Conure Care Guide

We have enjoyed the company of the small feathery animal. Our lives have never been the same since we shared our house with the Dusky-Headed Conures. Dusky Headed Conures are quite lovely, soft, and affectionate. There are many happy times with the parrots.


Dusky-headed Conure

Aratinga weddellii (Deville 1851)

Generally green; greenish-yellow on abdomen; head grayish-brown, each feather edged dark blue; upper breast olive-green; first primaries black with a blue edge; remainder green with bluish edging on ends of outer webs; tail upper side blue with green base, underside blackish; skin to very wide periophthalmic ring white; bare cere reddish-grey; bill black; iris pale yellow; feet grayish-brown.


28 cm (11 inches)


90-110 gm

Age at maturity:

1-3 years


Amazon tributaries in southeast Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, northwest and northeast Brazil.


Rain forest along rivers, marshy areas, forest remnants in humid savanna; secondary vegetation and cleared areas with isolated woodland to 750 m (2,300 ft); occasionally on edges of rain forests and sometimes in coffee plantations.


Common throughout the range.


Outside of the breeding season, in pairs or groups of 3 to 8 birds, occasionally flocks of 75 to 100 birds when sufficient food is available; nomadic; prefers river bank areas; roosting trees also here; rarely flies over the thick forest; inconspicuous; very quiet when feeding; mostly makes a sound only during flight; call similar to White-eyed Conure (Aratinga leucophthalmus), but more refined and sharp.

Natural diet:

Its natural diet consists of seeds, fruits, flowers, and berries, and it actively searches out dead trees, where it likely feeds on insects and their larvae. It also often visits regions in the forest and along river banks that have soil that is rich in minerals.

Breeding behavior:

Nests in dead trees, palms, and arboreal termite mounds between 4 m (12 ft) and 15 m (45 ft); frequently uses woodpecker holes; young are fed by both parents; egg measures 27,0 x 23,0 mm (1.06 x 0.91 ins) and weighs about 7 gm. Breeding behavior: the breeding period from February to May; in Bolivia and Colombia from July; nests in dead trees, palms, and arboreal term


medium-noisy parakeet; calls mostly when excited; wary; accepts attendant very slowly; hard chewer; provide fresh green branches every day; once acclimatized, very hardy; routine bathing or showering is essential for maintaining good plumage and skin condition. Provide fresh green branches every day.


Outside flight 2,5 x 1 x 2 m (7.5 x 3 x 6 ft) with adjoining shelter; keep frost free in winter.


  • Fresh foods consist of: Fresh foods include the following: grapes, bananas, apples, carrots (very important), chicory (sometimes called curly endive), broccoli, cauliflower, mustard green, dandelion, green beans, pod peas, grapefruit, oranges, cranberries, pomegranates, pears, kiwi fruit, cooked sweet potatoes, cooked squash of all varieties, corn on the cob, frozen corn, frozen mixed vegetables, blueberries, peppers, nectarines, and cucumber
  • Table foods consist of: The following items may be found on the table: cooked brown rice, cooked white rice, pasta, whole wheat bread, noodle mix, and bean mixture (need to be soaked with water over-night and cooked for an hour or more; some will freeze the cooked bean mix and re-heat each serving).
  • Dry foods consist of: Dry foods include a good seed mix that has been well cleaned, spray millet that is low in fat, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and pine nuts.

Read more about healthy pet parrot diet guide to balance the nutrition of your parrots.

Breeding in aviculture:

Very active breeder with no set breeding schedule Nest box dimensions should be 24 by 24 by 45 centimeters (10 by 10 by 18 inches), with an entrance hole measuring 6 centimeters (2.5 inches) in diameter. Regular inspection of the box is necessary because birds often chew through the base. Clutch size of three to five eggs, an incubation period of twenty-three days, and a fledging period of fifty days should be expected. There should be a maximum of three successful breedings per year at the most.

How to handle a parrot with a towel?

Using a towel makes it much simpler to handle a parrot. A parrot may be securely confined by gently wrapping a soft towel around its neck and holding it in place with the thumb and first finger of one hand. It’s possible that at first, your bird won’t like it. The agony that the parrot is feeling may be alleviated, though, if you provide it soft hugs to its head. Soon, you will develop a strong link with your parrot, and this will assist you in constructing a trustworthy relationship with your parrot.

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