Jenday

 

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Range: Argentina, South America

Habitat: Dense Tropical Forests to arid grasslands, the habitat of the Jenday varies widely based on the geographical location of the species.  This species also does well near human agricultural areas due to it's fondness for corn and other cultivated crops. 

Natural Diet: Seed and fruit. 

Diet at Rain Forest: Fresh fruits and vegetables supplemented various seeds 

Size: Males and females are virtually identical in size, they both are approximately 6-8 inches tall, with long tail feathers

 

RainForest Facts:  The Jenday conure is considered to be the closest living bird species to the now extinct Carolina Parakeet from the southern United States.  

This species is routinely kept as a pet bird given it's normally calm and playful disposition.   Often mistaken for the Sun Conure, a close relative, the Jenday is not quite as colorful as the Sun Conure.  Both birds are roughly the same size with a nearly identical diet. 

The Jenday is a cavity nesting bird, requiring the use of a tree that is either been damaged or has died (a snag).  The parrots hallow out a nest in the dead tree and place two to three eggs at the bottom of a shallow nest cavity. 

 

The Jenday Conure is part of a large group of birds that belong to the family Arinea, this group includes some of the more commonly kept pet birds in both the United States as well as other parts of the world. 

The striking plumage of this bird endears it to many a bird fancier, the closely related Sun Conure has a very similar color pattern but is often more brightly colored on the wings than the Jenday.  For comparison we have included photographs of both species, it is easy to see why the average person would have such a difficult time telling the two bird species apart.

Sun Conure

Jenday Conure