Going to become a first-time bird owner, you would definitely consider which parrot species to select. I’ve got 4 cockatiels, so I love the birds, trying to pay them attention, finding some time for my pets every day, studying their individual temperaments, behavior, and tastes. But, is cockatiel vs conure more intelligent, gentle or calm? Are there any differences in the environment, food and breeding conditions? Do conures require more space than a cockatiel cage commonly provides? Let’s check.
What is a Conure?
The conure is a medium-sized or small parrot that is long-tailed, commonly green-brown in color, and, presumably, with red or orange belly patch. This name can be attributed to the cone-shaped tails all conure parrots have. According to Wikipedia, the term “conure” was initially used by the Australian ornithologist Joseph Forshaw, while the scientists call all parrot species of this kind parakeets.
These birds are “New World” parrots; they come from Central or South Brazil, Mexico or Brazil, Argentina or Bolivia. There are multiple conure species, different by sizes and coloration. The basic ones are:
- Carolina parakeet.
Green-cheeked conure that is called “Pyrrhura molinae” is small, up to 10 inches long and basically green, with a black, brown or grey crown. These parrots commonly live 20-30 years, being quieter than the other conure species. Meanwhile, a green cheek conure vs cockatiel is more fun and acrobatic, requiring a lot of attention, being loveable and playful, but feeling safe in her or his cage. Sun conures are quite similar in needs and personalities to the green cheeked species, standing out by the colorful plumage only.
On the contrary, blue-crown parakeets are medium-sized birds (up to 14.5 inches long), talkative, fun, cuddly, snuggly, friendly, less biting than the other parrots, but sometimes too loud.
Are Conures Goods Pets?
Commonly, conures are friendly birds, playful and sociable. They generally prefer to stay in their cages but require more daily attention than cockatiels. The birds are fun, active and talkative, needing some training and socialization.
In terms of the care, conures are comparatively easy to breed. As well as our cherished cockatiels, these birds do need fresh water to be available in a flat utensil to drink and bathe. However, as the birds, don’t come from dry areas, it’s sufficient to change it daily.
The parakeets’ diet is very similar to the cockatiel food, consisting of pellets (60-70%), some fresh or dried vegetables, fruits, greens, and seeds. Avocado, caffeine, alcohol, salt, and sugar, large fruit seeds are toxic and not recommended for the parrots. The cage dimensions depend on the conure size, however, they should make 18” *22” *24”, at least. Big Choice Click Here!
Conure vs Cockatiel: What is the Difference?
Quite naturally, cockatiel and green cheek conure are both parrot species, quite similar is behavior, sizes, and needs. Male pets commonly whistle a lot, adding some pleasure to your daily life. Meanwhile, parakeets are a commonly a bit different, being:
- a bit louder;
- more playful;
They still can be destroying, chewing virtually everything available in the room or feel scared of somebody or something, remaining in the cages. He or she can make you laugh, flying around the room or climbing in objects. Your cherished pet would require at least an hour of your attention and interaction every day. Otherwise, the bird can be bored, becoming not active or even aggressive, showing frustration.
Meanwhile, hearing a green cheeked conure screaming (quite loud, harsh and disgusting), realize that your lovely pet may be hungry, thirsty or striving for getting out of the cage and flying for a while, or playing.
Do Sun Conures Talk?
The basic benefit of having conures at home is their ability to talk, repeat some works and phrases that can be really funny and enjoyable. A blue crown conure talking clear is more common than a green cheek parakeet. However, the parrots are not able to learn speech or mimic human language. They can learn some tricks, but training is time-consuming and a bit complicated, as it requires a lot of efforts and multiple repetitions. The parrots are great for beginners, being talkative, snuggly and friendly. You can even improve the individual conure behavior with training. However, generally, conures are colorful, pretty to look at, comic, but still pretty stupid, not the easiest to train. Additionally, they are commonly attracted to one owner only, tolerating other people.
Thus, I have selected my cherished pets for cockatiel intelligence and friendliness. These birds are cuddlier, easier to train, quieter, gentle and gregarious, accepting new people, including kids, as well as other pets. So, I appreciate my cockatiels behavior and thank my cherished Nigel and Loki, Sweetie and Yo-Yo for a lot of fun and great playing experience.