It was first described by German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1788.
The Jenday conure is a medium-sized long-tailed parrot measuring up to 30 cm (12 in) in length with an orange head and neck. Appearing superficially similar to the Sun Parakeet, the Jenday conure can be identified from its entirely green lesser wing-coverts, mantle and vent, in contrast to the rich yellow plumage of the Sun conure. While the Jenday conure has a very loud, shrill call it may not have the high pitch of a Sun conure.
Jenday conures nest in tree hollows, typically choosing a location at least 15 m (50 feet) from the ground. In captivity, the hen lays 3–6 eggs, which she will then incubate for approximately 26 days. The young are fed by both parents and fledge after two months.
The Jenday conure can live up to 30 years in captivity. Like many of the conure species commonly kept as companion parrots, Jenday conures are known for their intelligence and can be trained to perform pet-like behaviors. These small parrots can often learn to mimic sounds including words and even phrases.
Jenday conures are social and generally stay in flocks. They are very loud and call to each other frequently. A diet that consists of a variety of seeds, fresh fruits, and small nuts. Things that are toxic to Jenday conures include chocolate, and caffeine and a chemical often found in avocados.
Relationship to Carolina Parakeet
|This section's factual accuracy is disputed. (February 2011)|
This species is believed to be the closest living relative of the extinct Carolina Parakeet. Like its extinct cousin, in the wild it is a cavity nester that has a predilection for various fruits and seeds as well as an unfortunate attraction to plants cultivated by humans (maize, members of the family annonacae, etc.) and a common status in the pet trade. The plumage of this bird, along with that of the Sun Conure, is very close to that of the Carolina's and can be distinguished from the Carolina Parakeet in the beak being black in the South American species and horn coloured in the North American one.
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