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Green-cheeked Conure

Yellow-sided Green-cheeked Conure

Family: Psittacidae Greencheek ConurePyrrhura molinaePhoto Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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My wife and I have adopted a pineapple green cheek conure named George. For the last 3 months my wife has managed to train him to do amazing things. He has become... (more)  Armand E Corriveau

   "Pooki" is just about four months old and he is so darn playful,... he can't wait to be let out of his cage!

     "Pooki" has all the wonderful characteristics of the popular Green-cheeked Conures. They are quite smart little birds, and come up with very creative solutions to a variety of situations. For example, often times Pookie just can't wait another minute for his good morning, so often times he simply lets himself out of his cage!

   His new home is with a young girl who is "graduating" from cockatiels to a bit bigger bird. Both she and Pooki are very excited about getting to know each other and getting to play with each other!

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

Geographic Distribution
Pyrrhura molinae
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Pyrrhura
  • Species: molinae
The Green Cheeked Conure

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Scientific Name:Pyrrhura molinae


  • Green-cheeked Conure
    Pyrrhura molinae molinae
  • Argentina Conure
    Pyrrhura molinae australis
  • Santa Cruz Conure
    Pyrrhura molinae restricta
  • Yellow-sided Conure
    Pyrrhura molinae hypoxantha
  • Pyrrhura molinae sordida
  • Pyrrhura molinae phoenicura

   These birds are native to Bolivia.

   The Green-cheeked has coloring very similar to the Maroon-bellied Conure, but can be distinguished by the reddish upper surface of its' tail feathers. It has a green body with blue primary flight feathers and a maroon tail. The scallop feathers on the chest and upper neck are fringed with white. There is purple on the belly and the beak and the ear covers are brown.

Size - Weight:
   These birds grow to a length of 10 1/2" (26.2 cm).

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 tame very easily and are very sociable. The Pyrrhuras are a quieter conure than the Aratinga species making them an easier pet to live with. However, they are not known to be great talkers. In the wild they are very sociable with other green-cheeks. Often they forage in groups and spend the night sleeping together.

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

   The sex of the Green-cheeked Conure is undeterminable by appearance, though an immature bird will have duller pulmage than the adult, darker irises, and less maroonish coloring on there abdomen. These birds reach sexual maturity around two years of age.    The hen will usually lay between four to six eggs, and the incubation period averages 22 - 25 days.The average clutch is 4–6 eggs. Average incubation is 24 days, varying from 22 to 25 days. They are not too fussy about their nesting box but can use a box about 7" x 7".

Potential Problems:
   This bird is not nearly as noisy as most Aratinga species.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for more information.

Availability:  This bird is generally available.


Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Green-cheeked Conure

Armand E Corriveau - 2014-03-27
My wife and I have adopted a pineapple green cheek conure named George. For the last 3 months my wife has managed to train him to do amazing things. He has become very adept at fetching, spinning around and rolling over. To my amazement George can also play hoops and bowl. Green cheeks are definitely not good talkers but are amazing performers. AEC

  • angie - 2015-03-16
    I have a pineapple green cheek he is the joy of my life, he can talk very well, picks up new words all the time. He loves little balls and bells. When we go out of town we have someone come and visit him a while. He enjoys sitting on his play thing on top of his cage.
Rachel - 2014-06-26
I have a green cheek conure whose name is Jem. I bought him at the end of last year and he has shared a cage with a 6 year old budgie since the day I got him. They get along quite well, they sleep so close together at night that they touch and sometimes they groom each other. But the weird thing is that the budgie regurgitates in Jem's mouth! I read that budgies do it to their mates, and they are both boys, what's going on? hahahah it's not a problem I'm just curious.

  • Bree - 2015-03-05
    The reason one will regurgitate is that it likes the other. It doesn't make a difference if male to male or female to female. Don't be surprised if it tries to do it to you. I had several of my birds try an do it to me... Its their way of saying they love you an also look at you as their mate.
  • Bree - 2015-03-05
    Yes this is common regardless male to male or female to female. This is how they show their affection to one another. Don't be surprised if it tries to do it to you. I use to have several of my birds try an do it to me... sorry if this duplicates it never showed me that it posted.
T - 2007-10-09
I find it impossible to read all the wonderful things posted here about GCC. My GCC is 3 months old and was hand tamed/hand fed by a local breeder. When he first came home he was nippy, but showed some promise. Now he is by far the biggest disappointment I have ever had. I have owned cockatiels, parakeets, canaries, etc. and was so excited about getting a small parrot. I have never met a more nasty, hateful creature. I have bites everywhere and can not touch him without a suite of armour. I would never recommend a GCC to anyone (especially around children)unless one enjoys being brutalized daily. He wants to be on you from the time you open the cage and then immediately bites, rips and tears at flesh (arms, fingers, anything). No friend in this beast. Have tried every recommendation onine for curbing the biting and it only gets worse. Will never make such a horrid mistake again.

  • Anonymous - 2014-09-24
    Sounds to me like he was somehow traumatized early on by you or someone around you. Yours is the first case I've seen bad things said about them. Definitely don't rule them out in the future after one bad experience because they really are such sweet and affectionate birds if raised properly.
  • brit - 2014-11-21
    This is shocking to me. the GCC is so lovable! We rescued on from a home where she got no interaction. She was fearful and bit when we first got her home. We were patient and spent lots of time talking to her. Then it clicked in her.. Loves to be with us (me, husband and 2 children) all day. Never another bite ever!
  • Lisa Paige Deadmond Roth - 2015-02-04
    It makes me sad that you see your bird this green cheek was abused by his former owners.  When I got him he was very angry and bit a lot.  I have scars from those bites.  With love and patience he has become the joy of my life.  Sometimes he still bites, but only when he is feeling trapped or frightened.  He is phobic because of the abuse he suffered, they used to swat him out of the air with a broom instead of getting his wings clipped.  He is afraid of the dark, dogs and anything with a long handle that resembles a broom ie, rake, get the picture.  It has taken a long time and a LOT of patience to make my little buddy less hostile, but the reward has been more than worth it.
  • Christina - 2015-02-10
    Don't worry it will pass. Distract him with few toys such as bells. Right now he sees a hand as an enemy, for him to get used to it give him treats so he sees the hand = treats. What I remember is that I dipped my finger into not so harsh chilli mix and when my gcc attaxked he had a weird taste in his mouth and after that he didn't bite ^^ but do not ever put something harsh like tobasco as it will damage the tongue ^^
Theresa Mary Weeks - 2014-10-31
I recently purchased a Green Cheeked Conure.  I named him Mr. McMurphy....I have only had him for a week...but can someone tell me when he will stop being so fearful.....he clings to the back of his cage and seems to flinch when myself or anyone walks by....I was told by someone to make sure he gets out and interacts w/me.....or he will remain fearful.....he's smart and when I get close enough he will do a step up on my finger.....yesterday we spent a good half hour watching the wild birds and squirrells eating he seemed to enjoy this ...the moment i went to sit on the sofa he tried to fly away (his wings are clipped) and he ended up under some furniture w/me chasing him....Can someone tell me how to make my new child realize he is loved and doesn't have to fear me....Are there any good books anyone can recomend on taming and training ...He is 5months old....I know I seem to be rushing things but animals have always taken to me ...I had parrakeets when I was younger they were all trained and one talked!!! impatiently wanting a relationship w/Mr. McMurhy!

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-31
    Yes, I think you may be rushing things a bit. Birds, especially mature birds, have excellent memories. He may have been in a more fearful environment before, and it can take lots of time, patience, and love.  If he is a baby, it won't take as long, but either way it takes time. Keep in mind that some birds never become as friendly as we want, unfortunately there's really no way to say.