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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

White-eared Conure: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

How many fun white-eared conure facts do you know? Brush up your knowledge with these fun tidbits about the bird!

Do you like parrots? If so, you would love to know about the pretty white-eared conure! This small bird belongs to the parrot family and its most prominent physical feature is its white-colored throat and face. In fact, if you want one of these little ones as a pet, there are many a white-eared conure for sale in reputed pet shops and adoption. This is because breeders breed them to supply the demand for these south-bred birds. However, those adopting them should take note of the fact that they prefer the hot, humid climates of Rio De Janerio and neighboring locations and that they are used to a very foliage-dense area with plenty of space, food, and water for themselves. They are also known to have a history of very strong legs - which are gray in color but reportedly almost 7% stronger in grip than other species in the family.

If you wish to know more about this gray-feet bird, its flight, breeding, the white-eared conure size chart, read on, and make sure you do not forget other cool birds like the Eastern kingbird and blue jay.

White-eared Conure Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a white-eared conure?

White-eared conures are types of parrot.

What class of animal does a white-eared conure belong to?

This conure species (Pyrrhura leucotis) belongs to a class of birds.

How many white-eared conures are there in the world?

The estimated population statistics are unknown due to a lack of research. However, they (and their subspecies) are seen in populous numbers across their habitat. Since they are also involved in breeding by breeders, their numbers in the wild are up for further research.

Where does a white-eared conure live?

White-eared conures are found in  Brazil and feeding on fresh fruits, seed mix, and vegetables live in the woods. Green parakeets, sometimes known as budgies, are moderate parrots that reside in the woods of North and Central America.

What is a white-eared conure's habitat?

The white-eared conures can be observed from Rio de Janeiro province in the north to southeastern Bahia throughout eastern Brazil. From 500 m (1640.4 ft) above sea level, it lives mostly in the canopy of wet woods. These conures like dense, lofty trees and are always on the move.

Who do white-eared conures live with?

White-eared conures are intelligent and self-sufficient and gregarious animals who do best when housed in couples. The Venezuela parakeet belongs to the Psittacidae family of parrots. Previously, this bird of Venezuela was thought to be conspecific with white-eared conures, and its tail is maroon.

How long does a white-eared conure live?

The white-eared conure lifespan is probably about 12-15 years, while in a suitable environment, it can live up to 19 years.

How do they reproduce?

Captive breeding is a common occurrence that is not difficult to obtain. During the breeding time, it's important to keep pairs apart so they don't bother each other. All year long, provide such a roosting/nesting box with enough space in captivity. The breeding season in their natural environment usually begins in May. The clutch size ranges from four to six eggs (one or two of the eggs are frequently sterile) on average. The incubation period is around 23 days, while the young fledging period is approximately 50 days. Young leave the nest box within five to six weeks. A suitable nest box improves their breeding results.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of this parakeet (Pyrrhura leucotis) is Vulnerable, according to the IUCN Red List.

White-eared Conure Fun Facts

What do white-eared conures look like?

Both adults are largely green in hue, with a brown crown to nape and a beautiful blue wash on its front crown. Green and dim yellow-orange margins and blackish tips, the upper breast has a striped appearance. It has a blue collar on the back of the neck, a narrow brown front band section around the eyes from lores to the upper cheeks, and a dim blue lower splash on the cheeks. Their ear coverts are off-white, and their throat and breast are green with off-white and dark brown colored barring. It has a brown or red abdomen, a patch on the low back and upper tail coverts, and a red wing bend. The bill is brown or gray. It has a pale gray or brown eye-ring and brown or orange coloration of the eyes.

The front of crown and neck of the subspecies Emma's white-eared parrots have noticeable blue, unlike the conventional species. The upper breast has a broad whitish edge that fades to a dull yellow on the low chest. The eye-ring and cere are both white.

Monagas sub-species look like Emma's parrots. But the ear patch is more white and more extended. The rear and upper tail-coverts (feathers that surround the tail) are less yellow and dark. The cere and eye rings are blackish. Captivity breeding is common for all subspecies of white-eared conures.

White-eared conures are a beautiful mix of charm, intelligence, and seemingly inexhaustible playful energy. The term 'conure' refers to a bird with a cone-shaped tail.

How cute are they?

White-eared conure parrots are one of the most magnificent Leucotis species. This parrot looks too cute with its maroon abdomen and tail, bluish upper cheeks, nape, and primary flight feathers, as well as brownish-gray bill and band around eyes.

How do they communicate?

The white-eared conures with red wing bend and brown/orange eyes have a loud, three- or four-times-repeated call to communicate.

How big is a white-eared conure?

The white-eared Leucotis conure's length range measures up to 8.5-9 in (22-23 cm). The painted conure with green plumage species has an average length of 8.5-9.6 in (22-24 cm). Therefore, both the white-eared vs. painted conure are almost the same length range.

How fast can a white-eared conure fly?

The Pyrrhura conure has a fast, swift, slightly undulating flight. An Alexandrine parrot's average flight speed is roughly 40-50 mph (64-80 kph). If there is a necessity for it, the flight rate is even faster.

How much does a white-eared conure weigh?

The white-eared conure weight ranges up to 1.75-1.85 oz (50​-53g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Both male and female species of this Leucotis parakeet don't have a particular name.

What would you call a baby white-eared conure?

There is no special name for white-eared conure babies.

What do they eat?

The white-eared conure eats veggies, fruits, seeds, berries, flowers, and insects and their larvae as their natural diet. Conures birds forage in flocks most of the time. Vegetables, fruit, and green food, and a high-quality seed mix of oats, safflower, hemp, millet, berries, and canary grass seed, must be supplied to captive birds in their diet to fulfill their desire to chew, supply fresh branches with delicious flowers and buds. They are mostly woodland residents who appear to prefer feeding and playing high in the tree canopy.

Are they poisonous?

White-eared conures, which are endemic to eastern Brazil, are not considered poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

White-eared conures are lively birds with a lot of activity, are quite appealing, and make excellent pets. They will soon adapt to their new surroundings and box because of their outgoing and gregarious nature. They occupy less space and are often less expensive than giant birds because they are tiny. Conures are smart birds known for their charming personalities, great energy, and amusing behaviors.

The sun conure, Nanday conure, Jenday conure, blue-crowned conure, and black-capped conure are among the more preferred conure pet birds.

Did you know...

Aside from the pet trade, golden conures are among the rarest conures throughout the wild. The white-eyed conures are one of the tamest and will eventually try to speak. Keeping a conure pet is a personal decision. However, sun, Nanday, and Jenday conures make excellent pets. All three are exceedingly loving, affectionate, friendly, and playful.

White-eared conures, also known as the Maroon-faced Parakeet, are little conures. Previously classified as subspecies of this conure were the Gray-breasted, Painted or Venezuelan, and Primers Conures. But these subspecies are now being recognized as different species. All subspecies have the same diet as prominent Leucotis parrots like fresh fruits, veggies, and fresh branches with buds to chew.

What's special about white-eared conures?

White-eared conure species are only noticeable due to their strong contact and alarm calls on rare occasions.

Are white-eared conures endangered?

The continual loss of their habitat and catching for the pet business are linked directly to population reduction. White-eared species are found in northern and eastern South America, with the highest concentrations in Brazil and Venezuela.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our Amazon parrot facts and Hyacinth macaw facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our White-Eared Conure coloring pages.

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