The green cheek conure is a small parrot that is sometimes seen in the pet trade. It is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Mato Grosso. This species of conure is endangered in its natural habitat (CITES II). They are typically 10 inches long and are mainly green in color with blue primary wing feathers, a maroon tail, a brown/black/gray crown, and a red abdomen. Males and females look alike.
These birds live in flocks of 10 to 20 individuals and live at treetop level in forests and woodlands. They eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and seeds and lay 4-6 eggs in a clutch. The green -cheeked conure can learn tricks, but they do have a limited vocabulary compared to other parrots. They are intelligent and are known as having a big personality in a small body. Time and patience can cure them of biting behavior. Their lifespan can be 30-40 years, although they often only live an average of 10 years in captivity due to their owners not giving them the proper diet. In aviculture (keeping and breeding birds) they can come in cinnamon, yellow-sided, pineapple, and turquoise color mutations.
The green cheek conure (Pyrrhura molinae) can make a wonderful companion pet for the individual dedicated to their proper care, socialization, and long lifespan. To learn more about these beautiful birds and see the green cheeked and the pineapple green cheeked conures in person, contact REPCO Wildlife Encounters for a booking at your school, library, event, or other special occasion.
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