Jenday Conure: Bird Species Profile
The Jenday conure is one of the most common medium-sized conures, just below the sun conure in popularity, but not in personality or charm. The Jenday is a member of the Aratinga genus, which includes the sun, gold-capped, and half-moon (orange-fronted), blue-crowned and mitred conures, all charismatic, amiable and attractive birds. The Aratinga conures make great companions for someone wanting a large bird, but without the space to actually keep one. What these conures lack in bulk, they make up for in personality, intelligence, and affection.
The Jenday is the same shape and size as the sun conure, but its body is primarily green, with a bright orange and yellow head. The colorful head appears only in the mature bird, so you should cut a photo of an adult Jenday out of a book or magazine and display it next to your juvenile Jendays, which will be primarily green with mottled yellow heads until they are about 2 years old.
Native Region / Natural Habitat
The jenday conure is native to wooded habitats in northeastern Brazil.
Care & Feeding
Jendays need an owner able to give them a great deal of time out of the cage. With some attention on a daily basis, even paired Jendays maintain their pet quality. If you don’t have another Jenday but want to get your bird a friend, you can pair this bird with a gold-capped, a sun, or even a blue-crowned conure, but make sure not to breed these birds — the pairing is for companionship only.
Keeping fit is an important part of keeping healthy, so an adequately sized cage is important, preferably with the dimensions of at least 36 inches long, 24 inches wide, and 24 inches high. Though this bird is similar in size to the cockatiel, it will not be happy in a cockatiel-sized cage. Confining a bird of this size and energy to an inadequate cage can lead to self-mutilation and general crankiness.
Jenday conures, like all conures, are notorious chewers, and need lots of wooden toys and branches to serve their chewing cravings. Indestructible toys, such as those made from acrylic, lava, and hard plastic are good too, but should make up a smaller percentage of the toys offered. A play gym and play stand is a must for this active bird, especially one with places to hang rope and toys. Finally, a solid swing made of tough material is a great addition to the Jenday’s environment.
Keeping a Jenday conure in good health isn’t difficult. Jendays are not picky eaters if they learn to eat a variety of foods when they’re weaning. Seeds and pellets and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables should be offered daily. This isn’t a bird known for obesity, but weight problems can occur if the bird is fed improperly and leads a sedentary lifestyle. Conures have busy beaks, which makes Lafeber foods a conure favorite. Lafeber’s Avi-Cakes, Pellet-Berries and Nutri-Berries offer balanced nutrition that appeals to a conure’s chewing needs.