Half-moon conures are green dwarf parrots widely appreciated as pets for their endearing traits. They are a perfect option for first-time bird owners to form a quick and intense bond with their owners. Amidst all conures, this species is comparatively quieter. Although talking is rarely observed in them, but some are very good mimics.
Temperament and behavior
These cheerful and agile birds spend a gala time with the toys given for their enrichment. Trained and tamed ones can stay on playpens or parrot perches for a long time without causing much trouble to anyone. You will always find them in a good mood both inside and outside the cage. They prefer the association of their owners and would love to get cuddled by them.
Please keep your pet in a cage sizing 18X18X18 inches or larger than it, as spacious the cage, better for the conure. The bar spacing should be within 5/8 to ¾ inch. Ideally, it should have some perches of variable sizes, with one close to the door, so that your conure can find it easier to come out of the cage whenever needed. Provide some chewable wooden toys (preferably of balsa wood) as well as tissue boxes, bells, popsicle crafts for its entertainment.
A nest box with dimensions of 12X12X12 inches can be placed inside if you keep a breeding pair.
Although in the wild they depend mostly on fruits, as pets, they require a varied diet consisting of commercial avian pellets, fresh vegetables, and fruits. Calcium blocks and cuttlebones are good enough to prevent calcium deficiency in them. They enjoy some occasional treats with home-cooked eggs, pasta, meat, and fruit juices.
Avocado, butter, and salt are toxic to conures, so you better avoid including them in your pet’s diet.
A hygienic environment is a key to a healthy bird, so food bowls should be cleaned daily. In addition, sometimes the bird can dip its food inside the water, leaving the water bowl dirty, so washing it several times a day is a must. Last but not least, its abode, which is the cage, should be well maintained, free from dust and dirt.
Half-moon conures sometimes out of their natural inquisitiveness, fly from one room to another, and might get themselves in trouble, so clip their wings and nails once in a while. Also, make sure they don’t ingest any metal objects as this could be fatal.
They are not keen on bathing on a regular basis, so you can mist spray them to keep their plumage bright and radiant.