Conures are intelligent parrots and lots of fun! Conures can be one of the most entertaining birds, and if they’re hand fed and used to humans, can be taught several tricks. Some of them will actually learn to “play dead”—lying on its back on command, and then staying there until you reward it with a treat. Others will not only perch on your finger, but flip back and hang upside down. They are very sociable creatures, though. They need more attention than parakeets, and like being babied with treats and petting. Despite their moodiness, they have less behavioral problems than the bigger parrots, except for the tendency to nip strangers. That can easily be remedied with consistent training. With proper care and good diet, conures can live from 15 to 35 years. Most of the types sold in pet stores are low maintenance, requiring - like all other birds - just a clean cage, toys, and human interaction.