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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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I have a 3yr.old male cinnamon green check who has just started biting me since he began mating.I have had him since he was 4months old. Its breaking my heart that... (more)  m.brown

   "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

Subspecies:

  • 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

Distribution:
   These birds are native to Bolivia.

Description:
   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

Breeding/Reproduction:
   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


m.brown - 2015-06-19
I have a 3yr.old male cinnamon green check who has just started biting me since he began mating.I have had him since he was 4months old. Its breaking my heart that I can't trust him anymore.he grabs on ad won't let go. I just tried to give them both treats ad he attacked e again. All I can do is keep him in the cage. I cry case it hurts me so much to think about selling him. He's my baby.I taught him to talk and play with my dog and he eats with us. I never thought he would be like this to his mommy.

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-06-20
    I don't know why you would sell him. Parrots live a very long time, and yes, they do go through their 'teenage' stage. Usually it lasts about a year, and it's really just part of life with a bird.
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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.
  • louis - 2015-06-19
    I am new in terms of raising CONURE. Have good and bad experienced with CONURE. bad; brought a PINAPLE CONURE, SEMI TAME. raise for 9months with my super tame GREEN CHEECK CONURE. No mater what, the P C never become trust us even our beloved G C help her to trust us. But we do see that she sometimes trusted us and then sometimes not. We got the semi tame P C at the age of maybe 6 months old and maybe she had bad experienced with the previous owner. We traded her with a private breeder and got a baby PC. We feed the new baby by using our mouth, which we did with our super tame GC. now both are super tame. They free to go anywhere but they never fly outside and in fact afraid of flying out side with out us. I brought the older GC to play tennis with me and he never event fly off me, stayed on my shoulder all that time, about 50 minutes. What I am trying to say is, when these birds trusted you , they will treat you as they own, like my older GC. He now have new friend and some spices, but still come to me early in the morning to groomed me and during mid day and before sleep time. It is like a son, now have his own family but still closed to their parents. In conclusion, I never knew that birds can be this tame, like a real pet but with a unique personality. I loved they like my own kids.
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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.
  • Tracye - 2015-04-25
    Well when I got my GCC I left him in an opened cage and everytime I walked passed it I would say his name and say hi etc. making sure not to show my teeth as they think your going to eat them like we are a preditare. So after a week my GCC finally flew onto me and started to trust me. It was hard not to be so forcefully but it worked just giving him attention and not making him be with me. Now we are best buddy's!!!!
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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.
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