Conure & Green-cheeked Conure
Origin: South America
Relative Size: Small 90-100 grams
Average Lifespan: 15 – 25 years.
The Green-cheek Conure is a popular parrot to keep. This is
mainly due to their natural characteristics such as being cuddly,
playful, and outgoing. These conures always seem to be the
center of attention and just watching one will prove it. Their
antics are hilarious. Watching these creatures climb ropes, swing
from toys, or hang around is very entertaining and amusing.
being playful Green-cheek Conures are very affectionate. They can
easily enjoy hours of being petted or enjoy long sessions of
snuggling. Most owners report their Green-cheek Conures climbing
through their hair or finding pockets to cuddle in.
number of these parrots enjoy interaction by all family members.
These particular conures will easily be content with kids or
spouses handling them. They are not prone to only allowing one
person to handle them if proper socialization and taming
techniques are used. These birds are rarely shy and can often be
lured to friends or family through food.
reason for their popularity is their trait of not being noisy.
Most owners wish to own a conure; however, many are discouraged
because of their shrill calls. Green-cheek Conures are the
alternative to owning a true conure without the noise. Owning a
Green-cheek Conure has all the benefits of conure characteristics
and personality traits without the loudness. Because of this,
they can be housed inside an apartment.
These conures are great at performing tricks. There is nothing
they cannot do. They can climb up ropes and rings bells, fly and
receive objects, or turnaround. Simple tricks such as waving,
opening of their wings, or dancing can be taught. The conure’s
ability to do tricks is only limited to your imagination. If you
wish to train him use positive reinforcement to mold desired
tricks or behaviors.
Green-cheek Conures can talk. Though they do not talk as well as
some conure species, they can still learn. Their voices are
gravely and can be difficult to understand. Most owners report
their conures speaking a few words.
If you wish
to train your conure you need patients, repetition, and an
enthusiastic attitude. Once they do learn to speak you need to
listen closely and you might hear a few phrases.
Green-cheeked conures are very attractive birds. The coloring of
the bird is made up of many combinations of greens that range from
dark to light. The bird has earthy colors and the stomach has red
marks on the breast. A grey bib is around the neck and each
feather looks like lace. It is comprised of light and dark grey.
The cheeks, like the name implies, are green. Around the eye a
white ring can be seen. The tails are maroon and the tips of the
wings are blue as well.
is very unique because unlike most conures, it comes in quite a
few mutations. Among the more popular are the Maroon-bellied and
Cinnamon Green-cheek Conure.
females are not dimorphic, which means they look similar. If you
wish to sex your parrot, the only reliable way is through DNA
sexing. Most kits cost as little as 20 dollars and a certificate
will be sent to confirm the sex.
Your conure’s diet needs to be a mixture of seeds and pellets.
Fruits and vegetables need to be offered on the side daily. Most
Green-cheek Conures will readily eat up cubed apples or sliced
bananas. Tropical fruit such as papaya, mangos, or figs are
enjoyed as well. Offering fresh cuts of broccoli, spinach, kale,
or dandelion should be offered too.
needs a source of protein as well. If you scramble eggs or offer
cuts of chicken, turkey, or beef; remove it from the cage after an
hour. It can quickly spoil and make the bird sick.
The key is
to give your parrot a variety of foods. If you do this your
conure can live 20 or more years.
The cage of your conure needs to be large enough to house his
toys, his food bowls, and his perches. It should be large enough
to allow the conure to hang upside down and swing from side to
side. These conures are active and their cage needs to be large
enough to accommodate their activity.
cage has a grill and a tray to catch the parrots waste or cracks
seeds. Having a grill is important because it will keep the
parrot away form poop.