Patagonian Conure

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Common Name: Patagonian Conure
Scientific Name: Cyanoliseus patagonus

Size: 13 ¾ inches (35cm)

Habitat: South America. Argentina. Found in arid lowland and montane grassy shrub land, open dry woodland savanna, open Chaco plains along watercourses, and thorny scrub or columnar cacti, often with a sandy substrate, at elevations up to 2000 m.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown. Some sources consider this parrot “Threatened” because habitat destruction affects its’ breeding abilities. This species has declined due to increasing persecution as a crop pest. Even though they do not cause intense damage, lethal methods of control are used such as poisoning and shooting. Also, conversion of grassland to arable crop production and trapping for the live bird trade are big threats. Another increasing threat is growing through unsympathetic tourism, with four-wheeled vehicles being allowed on beaches; this can result in the death of chicks.

Diet: Seeds and fruits.

Breeding: The species may only breed successfully in fairly large, dense colonies. They will only tunnel into vertical limestone or sandstone cliffs to make their nests, and have specific height requirements.

Cool Facts: Also known as the “Burrowing Parakeet”, the Patagonian Conure nests and roosts underground. They are some of the largest conures, they tend to look more similar to macaws than to other Conure species, and they have an unusual brown coloring.

These birds are very social and love companionship; their natural behavior is to live in very large groups and to nest closely to one another. They do have mimicry abilities though have a harsh voice and can get loud.

Found in Songbird Remix Parrots of the World

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