conure

conure

[kon-yer]
noun
any of several long-tailed New World parrots, especially of the genus Aratinga, certain species of which are kept as pets.

Origin:
1855–60; < Neo-Latin Conurus earlier genus name < Greek kôn(os) cone + -ouros -tailed, adj. derivative of ourá tail

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conure (ˈkɒnjʊə)
 
n
any of various small American parrots of the genus Aratinga and related genera
 
[C19: from New Latin conurus, from Greek kōnoscone + oura tail]

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conure

any of numerous gaudy American parrots of the subfamily Psittacinae (family Psittacidae). There are about 45 species, formerly grouped as Conurus and now placed in Aratinga, Pyrrhura, and about 5 other genera. These birds, with slender build and long, pointed tail, resemble parakeets and are often so called. The Carolina parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis, originally found in eastern North America but presumed extinct by 1970, was a conure. Conures are found from Mexico to Argentina. Several are familiar caged birds; though handsome, they tend to be bad-tempered, have unpleasant calls, and usually do not mimic. Among them is the half-moon conure, A. canicularis, called Petz's conure, or "dwarf parrot"; from Central America, it is 24 cm (about 10 inches) long and mostly green, with orange forehead, dull-blue crown, and blue in the wings. The large (to 50 cm [20 inches]) Patagonian conure, or burrowing parrot, Cyanoliseus patagonus, nests colonially in cliff holes in temperate regions of Chile and Argentina

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