Nanday Conure Forum

Message #7659. This is a followup to #7657.

Name:Bruce Byfield
Date:Friday November 30, 2012 1:14:11 pm MST
Subject:Re: How long have you had your bird?
Message:It's not basic information in the least. All the books and avian vets that I know of suggest 35 as a more likely figure. The only time that I have heard 50 suggested is when people apply the World Wildlife Federation's suggestion that a domestic bird's lifespan is usually about twice that of the same species in the wild.

It's possible, of course, that some species of conure live longer than others. But I'm questioning the figure of 50, not just because it's contrary to all my 28 years of experience keeping nandays (and, if true, would suggest that I was a poor caregiver to my birds), but because I don't want other people to have unrealistic expectations; it would be devastating for people to have a bird they love die decades before they expected it to.

The fact is, we know very little about the life spans of conures in general and nandays in particular. For that matter, we don't know much about the life spans of any parrots. Very few studies have done, and the most we have is anecdotal evidence. We know, for example, of larger parrots living seven, or even ten decades, but we don't know if that's typical.

(No name) wrote:
> Bruce, it's basic information, many that vets have and I am aware of
> at least one conure livig to be 35 years and was still going strong
> last I heard Byfield wrote:
> > (No name) wrote:
> > > Howard they, just to add to the note on life spans, it all
> depends
> > on
> > > who's hands the bird is in. The more experienced, and the kinder
> > > gentler who knows what they are doing is looking at around 50
> plus
> > > years with a conure, and around 100 for the big boys, 'cckatoos.
> so
> > I
> > > think you and your bird are off o a fabulous startwhat Sumner
> > wrote:
> >
> > I don't know where you got the figure of 50 years for a conure.
> > However, it seems far too optimistic for a conure. I had two very
> > healthy nandays die at about 29 or 30, and I have never heard of a
> > nanday more than a couple of years older than that.
> >
> > Possibly, other conures may live longer.

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