Green Cheek Conure

Green cheek conure or green-cheeked conure is a South American species of parrot, known for its playful behavior. The small bird is a complete entertaining package itself, providing its owner with endless fun and joy. Usually, these birds are good as pets, but as with every bird, there are some pros and cons attached of raising one, so, think twice before adopting a green cheek conure, especially if you live in an apartment.

Green Cheek Conure

Quick Information

Also known as   Green-cheeked parakeet, Green-cheeked conure
Color        Mostly green body with grayish black head, red and blue feathers throughout the body
Size Around 10-11 inches (25.4-28 cm)
Weight 60-80 g (2-3 oz)
Subspecies
  • P. m. phoenicura,
  • P. m. hypoxantha
  • P. m. restricta
  • P. m. flavoptera
  • P. m. molinae
  • P. m. australis
Distribution       Northwestern Argentina, eastern and northern Brazil, western Paraguay, and southern and west central parts of Mato Grosso of Brazil
Habitat Woodlands and forests
Diet       Vegetables, fruits, seeds and insects
Breeding season              August-October
Breeding  age Around 1 year
Clutch size          4-6 eggs              
Incubation period           22-25 days
First molt After 8 months
Fledging              50-51 days
Lifespan               Around 30 years
IUCN conservation status            Least Concern
Temperament as pets   Jovial and agile
Maintenance requirement  Seeks moderate attention
Noise level         Can be very noisy at times
Talking ability Low to medium

Cinnamon Green Cheek Conure

Turquoise Green Cheek Conure

Mutations

  • Cinnamon
  • Yellow-sided
  • American dilute
  • Turquoise
  • Suncheek (a mix of yellow-sided/cinnamon/American dilute)
  • Pineapple (a mix of yellow-sided and cinnamon)

Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure

Pineapple Green Cheek Conure

As pets

Housing

A hanging cage sizing 24″W x 24″Dx 30″H along with a metal bar spacing of ½” is its ideal home. Choose a place where natural light and air have good access. Make sure there are some perches with a length of 9” and a diameter of ½,” cage swings, and ladders inside the cage. They are the best toys and equipment your conure can have. Moreover, the perches will help in beak grinding and nail shaping.

Also, place a metal grate and a dropping tray underneath the cage to keep both the cage and its dweller clean and far from getting contaminated from the waste.

For nesting, prepare a cardboard nesting box sizing 15”X 15” X5” and fill the surface with shredded papers.

Temperature

Keep your green-cheeked conure within a range of 65°F-80°F. The bird is good in acclimatizing in moderate temperatures and susceptible to extreme changes.

Green Cheek Conures

Green Cheeked Conure

Personality and behavior

This bird enjoys the association of its owner and kids in the house. With an urge of showing several tricks like lying on its back, hanging from the cage, head bobbing, kissing, acrobatics, dancing, and singing, this will keep you amused for a long time. Some green-cheeked conures love to be petted often. Usually, this bird enjoys living in a pair, but housing with a bird of different species is not appreciated by it. Talking is not its forte, but since it receives training well, a few individuals can say some words. It also takes pleasure in foraging toys and simulation activities.

It often shows its discontent by puffing up its back requiring immediate attention afterward.

Green cheek conures can be potty trained easily as it wiggles its butt, lowers the head and keeps on lifting the wings before pooping so, whenever you see such body language, choose a word to utter. Now repeatedly do this for several days and make the bird recognize that whenever you say the word, it is time to go to the potty. This way it will not poop over your shirt whenever you place it on your shoulder.

Feeding

Its weaning age starts from 8 to 12 weeks. Give your conure its favorite fresh vegetables, fruits (strawberries, bananas, lemon, and orange) and fortified seeds every day. Occasional treats, not high in fat and sugar, will also do. Pellet based diets are also recommended for these birds. Avocado and chocolate are to be avoided as they create toxicity in the birds.

Green Cheek Conure Cage

Baby Green Cheek Conure

Care

Interacting with your bird elevates its mood and keeps boredom at bay. You have to be careful about its movements, especially when it is outside the cage as the intelligent bird can unlock stuff, causing minor wounds on their body in the process. Attending to its every need is the only mantra to flourish the bond between you and the bird.

You must keep the cage, water and food bowls clean. Always provide chlorine free and filtered water to bathe your pet. Clipping flight feathers from professionals is also necessary.

Health problems

Chlamydiosis, polyomavirus, diarrhea and feather plucking might affect your pet, and that is when a vet comes to rescue. Keep in touch with a professional vet if you see coughing, throwing up, shivering, swollen eyes, nasal discharge, soiled feathers, beak swelling, appetite and weight loss in your pet.

Price

Their average price ranges from $149 to $450, depending on the mutations.

Green Cheek Conure Bird

Green Cheek Conure Parrot

Interesting Facts

  • Green cheek conures have a striking resemblance with maroon-bellied conures and so both the species are confused with each other.
  • Sometimes the mutations are called fancy green cheek conure by breeders.
  • Their coloration gets darker from one generation to other.

Talking and Squawking Green Cheek Conure video

References

  1. https://www.petco.com/content/petco/PetcoStore/en_US/pet-services/resource-center/caresheets/green-cheek-conure.html
  2. https://www.thespruce.com/green-cheek-conures-390576
  3. https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/species/green-cheeked-conure/
  4. http://greencheekconure.net/2012/07/is-my-green-cheek-conure-sick-how-to.html

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