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Aratinga Jandaya


This parrot belongs to genus Aratinga that counts for number of species that differ in shape, size and especially color. Common feature is loudness, when being in flock or in large number. They stay loud until they become tame. After that they remain very friendly and not so noisy as in nature…

Jandayas are not endangered species in nature, although farmers hunt them down because they destroy seed and coconut plantations. They live in north-east Brazil and that is their home land and their habitat. During the year they live in family groups or smaller flocks. They are fast and skilled flyers and often display various acrobatics during which their gold (on the head) and red (body) feathers reflect sun light. They dwell in bushes, crops and orchards, meaning that habitats are situated near the sources of food. Interestingly, they often follow ships and boats during sails, as sea gulls; a non- parrot like characterisitic.
two young Jandayas in the nest

Jandayas are 30 cm in size (middle sized- parrots). They have intensive golden-yellow head, red chest, orange-red neck, back are green to the lower parts that are red. Wings are green-black as well as the tail. Legs have red “socks” in its upper parts. Beak is strong and black, claws are black too, and legs are pink. Eyes are big and bright and have featherless white eye-rings, which make them very impressive. Males have more intensive colors then females, but this is not always the rule; male and female look very much alike considering color and size. Young birds in their early period have more pastel coloring. Head is light yellow, chest and belly is pastel orange; these are intensive yellow and red in mature birds.

They mate once a year when living in nature as well as in captivity. Female hatches 3-5 white eggs, sized 28 x 22 mm, in 3-4 day intervals. Incubation period is 26-30 days, during which the female doesn't leave the nest and the male is the one who takes care of food. After hatching from the eggs, the young stay in the nest for next 8 weeks, and during that time they get feathery. After leaving the nest, the young stay with their parents for about a month, learning how to fly and how to get their food.
young Jandayas on the wire and in the nest

They feed on seedish mix made of: sunflower, millet, oat, corn, hemp, walnuts and hazelnuts, with mandatory addition of fruits and vegetables. Vitamins and minerals are important additives in their diet (the ones advised in previous pages). Fresh food should be given during the whole year.

As a pet, a newly bought Jandaya is very loud and it doesn't stop moving around the cage. After the adaptation period during which it accustoms to your face and voice, Jandaya, becomes very devoted, quiet and curious pet. It is capable of imitating over a hundred words, even complex sentences, and since her life expectancy is about 30 years, it's up to you to spend time teaching it to speak. The results are inevitable. Once Jandaya becomes your pet it starts to dislike staying in cage, it rather spends time on your shoulder or head. You won't regret if you choose this intelligent bird for a pet.