The Painted Conure averages 8.5 to 9.6 inches (~ 24 cm) in length, including its long tail.

The Painted Conure (Pyrrhura picta) - also known as the Painted Parakeet - is endemic to northern South
America (north of the Amazon River); specifically the Guianas, and most regions of the Amazon Basin -

They regularly visit water places to drink and bathe as well as feed on mineral-rich soil of clay-banks
in rain forest. In the wild they prefer dense, tall trees and they tend to move around a lot. They are
difficult to detect in the foliage because of their camouflaging plumage.

The breeding season is from February to March through June / July (depending on climate).

They nest in the cavities of dead and living trees - often at considerable height.
It has a mostly green plumage. The feathers on the chest are dark with broad whitish-grey tips,
resulting in a distinctly scaled effect. The crown and nape  (lower back of the neck) are dark brown,
strongly suffused with blue on the forecrown. The lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the
side of a bird's head) and upper cheeks are reddish-brown. The feathers covering the ears are buff-white.
They have a reddish-brown patch on the center of the abdomen and a brownish-red patch extending from
the lower back to the upper tail-coverts (feathers). The primary wing feathers and outer webs of primaries
(longest wing feathers) are blue. The tail above is brownish-red turning green towards base.
The beak is brownish-grey, the irises generally brown and the legs are greyish.
Both males and females look alike, and they reach maturity when they are about two years old.

The irises are generally reported as being brown or dark, but at least Magdalena Conures or Todd's/Perijá
Parakeets (P. caeruleiceps) can have light cream irises.

This small parrot is quieter than other conures and well-socialized Painted Conures are very sweet-natured.
They are rarely seen in captivity and are very much in demand not only because of their endearing
disposition but also because of their beautiful coloring.

Painted Conures have a lot of energy and love to play. A roomy cage to accommodate a ton of toys and
natural branches should be provided to this active conure. Neglected or bored Painted Conures are inclined
to feather plucking - as are other birds.

These are active conures that are not too noisy, unless they get alarmed or excited. They enjoy bathing
and chewing fresh branches.  They are smart!

Most will hold their own with any of the mid-sized or medium-large parrots in terms of smartness.  
They can be taught simple tricks pretty easily and more complicated tricks with some training.

Like all parrots, they are social birds. They require daily interaction with their social group,
entertainment, things to do -- or else they will become bored and develop behavioral problems. In the wild,
they would never leave the company of their flockmates.  In a captive pet situation, a hand-fed conure
requires the same social interaction from you and your family.

If you have little time to give, a parrot is not be a good choice for you. It's best to keep your pet conure
where the center of activity is, usually the family room, and leave the cage door open or allow your
pet to be on a playpen whenever someone is at home.  During this time some direct interaction should be
provided, such as talking to your pet, petting it, or placing it on your shoulder while you surf the
internet, watch tv or go about your other activities.

In general, conures make good family pets as long as they have been well socialized. They don't mind
a lot of activity - in fact, the more "fun stuff" is going on, the more entertained and happier they
tend to be. They get along well with all family members as long as they are exposed to, and socialized by,
other family members. Conures love to be touched and handled - another reason why they do well with kids.

However, like all birds they can go through a nippy phase. Teaching appropriate handling of the conure
will help prevent some painful experiences.  Any bird that is startled will bite - and it not a reflection of
its personality. It's a natural reaction. Experienced pet owners learn to read the body language of their
pets and can avoid most "accidental encounters." Training is important to prevent an accidental bite
from turning into a behavioral problem.

Birds pick up on stress and anger that we humans exhibit and can impact their personality. It is
always best to approach a bird calmly and focus on, and enjoy the interaction with the parrot.

It is not recommended to buy a parrot as a pet for the kids only. This needs to be a family pet, with
the adults taking on most of the responsibility.

Painted Conures are known for their "squeek squeek" voice and is a natural way of communication.
Their "talk" sounds like a dogs little squeeky toy!

All parrots chew. In nature, they use their beaks to "customize" their favorite tree or to enlarge the size of
their nest! This chewing also keeps their beaks in good condition. Be sure to provide plenty of "healthy"
chewing opportunities (bird toys, natural wood branches, etc.) and training is necessary to teach your pet
what is "off-limits."

Painted Conures are not nippy but some discover their beaks as a method of "disciplining us" once they
are out of the "baby stage." It's important to understand them and to guide their behavior.

Painted Conures are actually very quiet making them acceptable pets for apartment dwellers or those in
close proximity to others. They tend to express excitement with a series of squeeks! (not screams)