The Brown Throated Conure



  • Common Name:  Conure - Brown Throated

  • Other Common Names:  Brown Throat Conure

  • Scientific Name:  Aratinga pertinax aeruginosa

  • Group:  

  • Origin or Range:  Northern Columbia

  • Relative Size:  Smaller Than Average

  • Average Lifespan:  10 years

  • Compatibility:  Average

  • Category:  Parrots

Brown Throated Conures are intelligent, and both the male and the female are capable of speech.   This page deals with the subspecies Aratinga pertinax aeruginosa. They may be very affectionate and lovingThe Brown Throated Conures pets if they are well socialized and handled frequently. This Conure  tends to form close bonds, but often they choose one member of the family to bond with rather than bonding with multiple people. They  may be very loud and can be prone to destructive behavior so supply them with plenty of toys to keep them from growing bored. As with most Conures, the Brown Throated Conure loves to take a bath, and should be given clean bathing water and/or showers regularly. This species of Conure has an average lifespan of 10 years, though with proper care they can live to be 25.

Mature Brown Throated Conures average 10 inches (24 centimeters) in length. There are many subspecies, with different color variations but, this subspecies has mostly green plumage. They differ from the St. Thomas Conure in that they have a narrow band to the forehead, that is The Brown Throated Conuresa dark brown. The ring around the eye area is white, with the iris being yellow and  the bill is black. Immature birds have a lighter color bill on top, and cheeks that are brown. The throat area, as well as the upper breast is usually an olive brown, with the still maturing birds having a green breast. Parts of the head are a yellowish orange, with the crown being blue. The lower breast has yellowish tints, with the abdomen turning orange. The tips of the primary feathers on the Brown Throated Conure are blue, and the underside of the wings range from an olive green to yellow, as does the underside of the tail. The feet are grey.

They are native to Northern Colombia and Northwest Venezuela. The Brown Throated Conure likes dry scrubland, including cactus and acacia trees as well as some tropical areas. They usually travel in pairs, but have known to congregate in groups of as many as a hundred birds.


When feeding it is always best to offer either a pellet diet or at least a fortified seed diet. As with most parrots, always offer them fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as foods such as beansThe Brown Throated Conures and cooked eggs. Fresh water daily is necessary, as is removing fresh food quickly so it does not spoil. The Brown Throated Conure only needs a vitamin supplement if on a strictly seed diet. The size of the cage should be sufficient to accommodate their wings and room to play. Usually, an 18" by 18" by 22" wide cage will do, but bigger works well, too. A variety of perches is good exercise for their feet, and make sure the food dishes are not directly below a perch, so the food and water is not soiled.


Breeding among the Brown Throated Conures usually happens between February and September.  The clutch will have from 3-6 eggs that incubate approximately 23 days and usually fledge after 50 days. The young ones will sometimes stay with their parents, even after leaving the nest. Brown Throated Conures can have several clutches a year.


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