Blue Crown Conure
Hatch Date: ??/??/????
Hand Fed, DNA Tested (On Request)
The Blue-crowned Parakeet, Blue-crowned Conure, or Sharp-tailed Conure
(Aratinga acuticaudata) is a parakeet native to large parts of South
America, from eastern Colombia in the north to northern Argentina in
the south. They inhabit savanna-like habitats, woodland and forest margins,
but avoid dense humid forest such as the Amazon
The Blue-crowned Parakeet is one of the larger birds in the genus Aratinga
measuring approximately 37 cm (14.5 inches) in length and weighing between
140 and 190 grams (4.9 - 6.7 ounces). Blue-crowns have many features
common to the Aratinga's, including green plumage, long, tapered tails,
horn and black-colored beaks, and featherless eye (periophthalmic) rings.
Blue-crowns are born with red coloring around the head, but blue-crowns
are predominantly green, with dull blue coloring on the forehead, crown,
cheeks, and ears in the nominate, but less blue in other subspecies.
It has a ring of white featherless skin around each eye, though this
is bright orange-yellow in wild A. acuticaudata neumanni. The breast
feathers may also be tinged with blue, though they are more commonly
green to yellow-green. Closed wing coloring matches that of the body
while extended wings show blue-brown, becoming chestnut on the outer
flight feathers. The tail feathers are green on top, maroon to red-brown
on the underside, iridescing to bright orange and scarlet under full-spectrum
light. Legs are pink-brown with grey-brown claws. The upper mandible
is horn-colored, tapering to a needle-sharp, grey-black tip. In the
southern and western nominate and subspecies neumanni, the lower mandible
is horn-colored in juveniles, fading to grey-black by the bird's second
year. The remaining eastern, central and northern subspecies retain
the horn-colored lower mandible throughout adulthood.