There are a lot of pretty birds out in the world from parrots to eagles, and they all have their rightful place in our world.
Of all of the different species of birds that exist, the pineapple conure will steal your heart. It is a small-statured bird that has a friendly and easy-going demeanor, as well as a low noise level, which makes it great for any first time pet owner wanting a bird.
Of course there’s more to learn, so let’s check out 15 cool facts about pineapple conure birds.
1) They Belong to the New World
Pineapple conures are said to have originated in what has been deemed the “new world” by early Europeans from the 13th and 14th centuries.
The “new world” is simply the western hemisphere that consists of the Americas, and the pineapple conures are native to this land, mainly Central and South America, but can also be found in North America as well.
These land masses are home for these cute little birds because the land still has more than enough trees, forest, and rainforest for them to live and thrive with food, water, and shelter.
2) They Are Survivalist
Pineapple conures know how to survive regardless of which continent they are on. What makes it easy for them to survive and thrive in most environments is the fact that they live in mass colonies.
These colonies can achieve up to hundreds of pineapple conures, and each one is used as a shield of protection, as well as a form of comfort and social well-being for interpersonal connection.
These attributes help our avian friends to live a longer and healthier life than if they were by themselves, which is why they tend to survive longer than other birds.
3) Physical Features
The physical characteristics slightly vary across different species of pineapple conures, but tend to stay the same within the entire genus.
For example, common conure colors tend to be orange, yello, and green along with accents of these main colors in a more bold form and intensity. White doesn’t necessarily play a part in the conure’s color scheme, but can be an accent color as well.
In addition, although most conures aren’t that loud, some of them, like the Aratinga are capable of loud and sometimes ear-piercing vocalizations.
4) Behavioral Issues
As adorable as these birds are, keep in mind that they are social creatures, and without the socialization between them and other conures, they can begin to develop anxiety which will lead to behavioral issues.
Now, these issues aren’t too bad, however, they can be seen as destructive to your property or to themselves.
For instance, when they have no one to connect with, they will use their claws and beak and engage in nipping and picking at whatever will relieve their anxiety, such as your couch, or even their own feathers and skin.
5) Little Bird, Big Personality
Don’t let their small bodies fool you because pineapple conures have the personality traits of a larger bird! They are smart birds that have the ability of picking up and learning new and multiple tricks within a short period of time.
Additionally, although they are not like their cousin, the parrot, and can’t talk, some have the ability to learn some vocalization, and with practice, it can sound like words! They are playful and very acrobatic birds that love to have fun!
6) They Love Affection
Pineapple conures are very affectionate birds that enjoy being around other birds and humans alike.
They love the cultivation of companionship through touch and vocalization. Their most popular way of creating affection with you would be through being handled gently, petted or stroked from the top of their head down to their body to their tail.
Some of them may even snuggle with you and rub against your face! Of course each individual bird has their limit, but overall, pineapple conures are very affectionate animals and need daily interaction.
7) Romantics At Heart
Pineapple conures are lovey-dovey birds that can connect with the opposite sex at any time.
Speaking of sex, if you ever keep a few as a pet, be sure to always provide them with lots of light and shelter with multiple entrances and exists.
Because these birds are used to dark, enclosed spaces, which gives them a smooth ambiance, which is a trigger for them to begin mating. So unless you want to create more love and conures, it’s best to give the opportunity to come and go as they please.
8) How They Got Their Name
Pineapple conures received their social name based on their aesthetics, or the way that they look.
Pineapple conures have a dark colored crown that starts to change colors as it moves downward. Once you see their back, you’ll notice that the color has changed to a blended array of light green to dark green feathers.
On the belly, the color changes once again to a well-balanced yellowish-gold color. So there’s gold at the bottom and green at the top…like a pineapple!
9) They Are A Little Spoiled
As mentioned before, pineapple conures love attention because it’s basically what keeps them alive. However, they are known to go a bit overboard with the amount of attention that they want.
Because of other birds, they are used to being engaged on an almost constant basis; so when this is not happening, they can become a bit tense.
They could begin making loud and obnoxious noises, and their most noticeable trait is to puff out their chest and ruffle their feathers until you give them the level of attention that they think they deserve.
In the end, although they are cute, they can seem a bit like a spoiled child when they don’t get what they want.
10) They’re Vegans
Pineapple conures can be considered “vegans” because they don’t ingest animal products; they only eat grains, fruits, and vegetables.
This diet is a natural part of their biological system and is necessary for them to live a full and healthy life. Sure, they eat small plant items, but their favorite food to eat is anything sweet’ so fruit is their go to meal and snack!
Their taste buds are naturally fit to absorb and filter the nutrients that come from fruit, while the grains and seeds provide them with protein and nutrients to build their muscles and bones for flight and/or fight.
11) Toxic Foods
There are some plant-based foods that are not appropriate for pineapple conures because their body won’t filter out the chemical fast enough, thus, leaving them with high levels of toxicity in their body.
Some of these foods include avocados, chocolate, salt, onions, garlic, peanuts, and even apples! The reason as to why these foods are no good for pineapple conures is because they are toxic within themselves. So to keep your conure safe, refrain from feeding them these foods.
12) Health Concerns
Even their adorable faces can’t stop the fact that pineapple conures are prone to certain health concerns.
Chlamydiosis, diarrhea, polyomavirus, and excessive feather plucking are the major health concerns that can afflict a pineapple conure when they are feeling sick.
Other physical symptoms that can occur due to an ailment include coughing, vomiting, swollen eyes, shivering, nasal discharge, soiled feathers and leakage, loss of appetite, and beak swelling.
If any of these symptoms occur with your pineapple conure, a veterinarian would be your best solution.
13) Color Genetics
Did you know that pineapple conures become darker from one generation to the next? This is due to their genetic disposition for the colors that they already have.
Once they mate and mix with another bird of the same subspecies, the parents’ color merges and creates offspring of the same color tone, just darker!
This is a special feature that tends to stick with the species of conures, especially pineapple conures.
Their natural green color is what makes the pineapple conures stand out the most, but it also has another function.
While perched very high in tall trees, pineapple conures will use their green feathers as a form of camouflage to blend in with the leaves of the tree in order to avoid predators and keep them from finding them and their eggs.
Because of this defense mechanism, they are able to live their lives to the fullest and reach an older age without the interruption of a predator.
15) Long Live Pineapple Conures
Pineapple conures have very few predators because they are located at the top of trees where most animals cannot reach.
For this reason, their lifespan has increased to the average of most birds, with some exceptions that help them to live even longer. In nature, pineapple conures can live between 10 and 15 years, while their age doubles to 20 to 30 years in captivity.
The difference between the natural and captive conures is captive conures can receive on demand food, shelter, and companionship from their owner, while the birdies in nature have to fend for themselves.
Either way, pineapple conures can keep us smiling for decades to come because of their long lifespan.