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Golden-capped Conure

Golden-fronted Conure, Golden-headed Conure

Family: Psittacidae Golden-capped Conure, Golden-headed ConureAratinga auricapilla aurifronsPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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Hi I'm Christi, I live in South Africa and have bought a golden capped conure 3 days ago, I’ve named him Brody. He still looks pretty young, not all his feathers... (more)  Christi

   The Golden-capped or Golden-headed Conure shown here is only about four months old!

 True to the characteristics of most conures, the Golden-capped conure shown here has an incredible personality! He likes everybody who talks to him or holds him. He just went to his new home, and his new family has children, young adults, adults and grandparents. He loves all of them!

For more information about the care of Conures see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Conure


Geographic Distribution
Aratinga auricapilla aurifrons
Data provided by GBIF.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Aratinga
  • Species: auricapilla aurifrons
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Scientific name:Aratinga auricapilla

Subspecies:

  • Golden-capped Conure
    Aratinga auricapilla auricapilla
  • Golden-fronted Conure
    Aratinga auricapilla aurifrons

Distribution:    These birds are native to southeastern Brazil (Bahia).

Description:   The bird is mainly dark green with a front of the crown yellow or dark red. The back of the head and neck are a yellowish light green.

Size - Weight:    These birds get up to 11.8 inches (30 cm) and weigh 5.3 ozs. (150 g).

Care and feeding:   A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.

   See About Conures: Housing and About Conures: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:    These birds make a very warm and friendly pet. Great for people of all ages.

Breeding/Reproduction:    These birds breed easily in captivity. A young hen usually only lays 2 eggs, and the clutch gets bigger as she ages. Eventually the hen will lay 3 to 5 eggs, which hatch in 25 days. The best breeding box is a deep nest box, 41" x 9"x 6.3".

Potential Problems:    As with many Aratinga species, Golden-capped Conures can be noisy, though not nearly as noisy as most Aratinga species.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for more information.

Availability:   This bird is generally available. Your best bet is to find one at a pet store or reputable breeder.

Activities:  Loves to climb and play. Provide lots of toys.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Golden-capped Conure

Christi - 2014-02-25
Hi I'm Christi, I live in South Africa and have bought a golden capped conure 3 days ago, I’ve named him Brody. He still looks pretty young, not all his feathers have fully developed (about almost a year?) but he's more than capable at flying. I've read that this kind of bird is very active and likes to move around a lot. When Brody is excited he walks from one side to the other on one of his sticks and also climbs around on the bars. But because I'm at work almost the whole day I can't really keep a good eye on him. But to me he seems a bit inactive. When I arrive at home he is mostly still and doesn't move around much. I try to spend as much time with him as possible when I get home. He eats fruits from my hand and doesn’t really mind me sticking my hand in the cage, but he doesn’t want me to try and do a step-up yet. Which is understandable since I’ve only had him for a few days. He seems curious enough and likes to try new foods. He is mostly quiet and makes crackling noises with his beak like he is cracking open a sunflower seed, but he doesn’t have one in his mouth. He also murmurs to himself softly and moves slowly when he does. Is this behaviour uncommon? Should I be worried that he is sick?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    Conures are peaceful flock birds, but it sounds like yours may be bored and lonely. It helps to give them plenty of things to keep them occupied. Although they need 10-12 hours of rest each day, exercise and play are important activities for their physical well being and psychological health. I would suggest you focus on giving you Golden Capped Conure plenty of things to occupy his attention. Gnawing and climbing are great activities. Most conures will chew up anything wooden, so natural perches and fresh twigs from willow, elder, poplar, and hawthorn work well. Other great toys can be bells, ropes, swings, untreated leather, chew toys and ladders. They also love mirrors and shiny unbreakable objects.
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Devin - 2003-08-12
I have a gold-capped conure. His name is chilly. He is very funny and loves to hang out with me. Chilly likes everyone but he doesnt care for them as much as me. Chilly likes to play with his toys and his mineral blocks. He tends to hate cudle bones though. chilly also likes to go under things such as blankets and my arm. I am glad to have him and I am hoping to get another conure. They are my favorit type of parrot.

  • Dawn - 2010-09-16
    I have two gold-capped conures that i am selling. please contact me. asmith5192000@gmail.com
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Sherry - 2012-07-07
Hello I just wanted to introduce myself. I have just adopted a Golden Capped Conure and a question is all of a sudden she is attacking my son (22 years old) everytime he trys to pet or have her go to him he was going to him - but now won't ?

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-07
    Most likely the Gold Cap has decided that you are his/her mate and is attacking the competition.  Rather than your son trying to pick up or pet the Gold cap, have your son just be around him, talking, possible little piece of toast as a treat.  Make friends.  Usually the conure will 'allow' other members into the family and maybe just re aquaint your son to the Gold cap.
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Toni Meyer - 2012-07-04
Hi I have a 2 year old I was told that it was a male. How can you tell if it's a male or female?

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
    The only 100% way to determine if it is a male or female is through DNA sexing.  You can purchase the DNA sexing kits in the back of the Bird Talk magazine in the classifieds.  A breeder would be able to tell you with about 75% accuracy whether it is a male or female by the shape of the head.  The males head is flatter and the females head is a smooth curve from the eyes up and over the top of the head to the neck.  The males head just looks flatter from the side.  Other than that, if it ever lays an egg - it is a female.
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Sandra - 2013-02-20
We have a pair of gold cap conures that have laid one egg this week. Last year the proven sexed female (the other we think is male) laid three eggs but they broke. Now while she is nesting on this egg she frequently chirps for long periods of time. Is this normal? Is this a sign she is sick? Should I be worried?

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