Birds appear in nature in all kinds of charming colors, forms and sizes, and are loved, adored and kept as pet birds by mankind for their diversity and beauty. Especially, when it comes to the variety in green conures (what you usually call parrots), the list encompassing all their shapes, attitudes and other aspects of life becomes extra long. Placed in class Aves of kingdom Animalia, the genus, tribe and subfamily of these friendly Aves are Aratinga, Arini and Arinae, respectively. The Brown Parakeet, also known as St. Thomas Conure or Brown Throated Conure, belongs to the Psittacidae family of the parrot species. These parrots are beautiful to look at along with being a lovely and interesting creature for keeping as a pet bird and from a research perspective.
Brown Parakeet Identification
These birds can be identified on the basis of the color of their throats, which is different not only from the coloration of their remaining body but also from other genuses of the same family and subfamily. These birds are, generally, green while their throats are brown, hence the name, ‘Brown Parakeet’ as you can see in brown parakeet pictures. On average, they grow to a length of slightly more than 10 inches which means roughly 25 cm. The third color mingling with green and brown is orange which is found covering the forehead, the cheeks and the chin of the bird. Another color that contributes to the overall attractive appearance of the bird is blue which is seen on the crown or cere.
Therefore, while looking for such a bird, it would be easy for you to identify it by the unique and distinguished array of these four colors. The colors also keep on recurring across various parts of the body, for instance, the culverts, under the wings, are greenish with a tinge of yellow. Immature brown parakeets are slightly different from the fully grown-up members, and also the male and female adults can be distinguished from each other by their changing pattern of coloration. For example, the cere in young species is flesh colored, but mature males and females have blue and fleshy pink or brown ceres, respectively.
Brown Parakeet Habitat
Naturally, these birds live either in tropical or subtropical dry forests which are considered to be the ideal brown parakeet habitat, but can also be found in tropical or subtropical moist lowland forests and dry shrub-lands. Concerning the particular characteristics and requirements of their habitation, these birds are found in countries, namely, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Netherlands, US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico and some other geographical areas.
Brown Parakeet Facts
- Based on scientific nomenclature, the brown throated parakeets are named as Aratinga pertinax, where Aratinga refers to their genus while pertinax denotes species.
- There are fourteen subspecies of the green conures where the members of a particular subspecies are distinguished on the basis of the varied array of brown and yellow colors on their throat and face.
- The body mass of the fully grown up parrots can be as low as 76 grams, but their maximum weight reaches up to 102 grams.
- These birds, like many other species of parrots, have the ability to talk by imitating human speech. But this capability varies from one individual to another as some can learn to form full sentences, but the others may not even respond to their name.
- Owing to their shyness and other behavioural tendencies, they prefer having one-on-one relationship, which means they usually develop familiarity and friendship only with that member of the family who is petting and taking care of them. Keeping in mind that these are affectionate birds and respond to love and frequent interaction, it can be said that your family member who spends more time with them will get all their attention. They would usually only reciprocate one person's love.
- You need to take extra care of the pet because their boredom can be fairly destructive. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep them busy with any kind of toys you can provide.
- It is one of the most interesting brown parakeet facts that these birds can easily grow to be 10 years old, but with proper care, and if the bird is in good health, their age can be pushed to 25 years and beyond too!
- Being active, playful and food loving birds, they will start scratching and chewing the bare parts of your furniture if denied sufficient food to keep them busy at all times.
- St. Thomas Conures are social birds, and always like to live in company. In the wild environment, they rarely leave their flock (usually consisting of 4 to 12 birds) and always try to be with their mates. And if kept as a pet, they should be kept in the busiest corner where there is always some kind of activity because they do not like being alone. In fact loneliness is naturally unbearable for them and being lonely might lead to their behavioural abnormality.
Brown Parakeet Diet
Brown parakeet diet comprises of a great variety of food items. Starting from dry fruits to fleshy plant stems, they can eat anything, like herbs, vegetables and other greens. According to recent research findings, fruit seeds can promote health and expand lifespan of these birds, such as figs, pomegranates, papaya, and guava. The same is true for vegetable seeds, namely, hot peppers, cucumbers, bell peppers, pumpkins and so on.