Nanday Conure Forum

Message #6109. This is a followup to #6103.

Name:Bruce Byfield
Date:Monday April 30, 2007 11:45:42 am MDT
Subject:Re: How long have you had your bird?
Message:Bill wrote:

> How long have others had their conures?   What is
> the average life expectacy for a conure?

I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

We've had Ning for 23 years, and Sophie for 21, I think that Ning is about 24, and Sophie about 26. So far, both seem relatively unaffected by old age, except for the fact that Sophie hasn't laid an egg in about three years. They're both as active as ever, including sexually.

I don't think anyone knows exactly how long conures can live, because only anecdotal evidence exists. Conures in the wild have been known to live into their early twenties, and Gerald Durrell and other naturalists say that, as a general rule, you can double the life-expectancy in the wild for any domestically kept animal, but that seems to be the best anyone can say. I think this is where the 35-45 year figures you hear generally come from.

Probably, different species would vary in their life expectancy, too, but how would be anyone's guess. Often, smaller species have shorter life spans, but I don't know whether that generality would hold true for conures.

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