Classification Order Psittaciformes, Family Psittacidae Scientific Name Aratinga Jandaya Other Common Names Jandaya Parakeet
Species Description The primary color is green, with the head,
throat and upper breast being a gorgeous yellow-orange. The area
around the eye is white and the iris is a gray-brown color in the
adults. The wings are primarily green, with blue flight feathers.
The lower back of the Jandaya Conure is orange-red, and its tail is
olive green with blue edges. The legs are gray, while the bill is
black. Immature Jandayas can be distinguished by the pale yellow
coloring on their heads and dark eyes. They Average about 12 inches
Habitat Forest clearings, sometimes near coconut palms
and edges of the rain forest.
Distribution The Jandaya Conure is native to northeastern
Captivity They can make a wonderful addition to the
family with the proper training and are considered to be one of the
top clowns in the avian world. Like most conures, Jendays are also
known for their sweet sociable disposition and playful behavior.
These small parrots are highly intelligent, and can often learn
several words and phrases, but are not known for their talking
Summary Pionus is a genus of medium-sized parrots
native to Central and South America. Characteristic of the genus are
the chunky body, bare eye ring, (which can vary in color), and short
tail. They are superficially similar to Amazon parrots, but smaller.
Coloration is generally subdued yet complex; under bright lighting,
their feathers shimmer with iridescent brilliance. All species share
bright red undertail coverts; the scientific name of one species,
the Blue-headed Parrot (P. menstruus), refers to this. Males and
females are similar, with no notable sexual dimorphism.
Pionus parrots are regarded as excellent pets, although some species
are very rare in captivity. Most commonly kept species are the
Blue-headed, Maximillian (Scaly-headed) and White-capped. Others,
such as the Dusky and the Bronze-winged have become more common due
to captive breeding.
Pionus parrots are quieter than
Amazon Parrots. Unlike some other companion parrots, aviculturists
have noted that they are not particularly energetic, and do not
generally enjoy hands-on play (for example, being flipped on their
backs), but they do provide companionship and are described as
gentle and charming pets.
When excited or frightened,
birds of this genus emit a characteristic wheezing or snorting sound
that is sometimes mistaken for a sign of distress, or a symptom of
disease. They also give off a musky or sweet odor that some
caretakers find unpleasant, but others enjoy.
parrots are susceptible to obesity, vitamin A deficiency, and
aspergillosis in captivity. These conditions, with the exception of
aspergillosis, are easily prevented.