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Red-masked Conure

Cherry-headed Conure, Red-headed Conure

Family: Psittacidae "Lola" is a Red-masked Conure, also referred to as a Cherry-headed Conure or Red-headed Conure!"Lola"Aratinga erythrogenysPhoto Courtesy: Diane at Exotic Birds Unlimited
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Is Lola for sale or adoption?  Kathy stokes

   "Lola is such a happy little bird! She is a DNA sexed female Cherry-headed Conure and she eats Zupreem Pellets. She doesn't talk but is very playful!"..Diane

      The Red-masked Conure or Cherry-headed Conure is an affectionate and playful coompanion bird. When they are hand raised they have no fear of people and will quickly become 'one of the bunch'. They make a wonderful pet!

   Besides being very intelligent and loveable, the Red-masked Conure or Cherry-headed Conure is a real clown and loves to show off. They are easy to tame and are good talkers. They do however have a grating call and can get quite loud. They also love to play and chew, so be sure to provide them with lots of wooden toys to keep them well occupied.

   The Red-masked Conure is the bird most often referred to when describing the Cherry Headed Conure, however it is one of four conures that are sometimes called the Cherry-headed Conure. This group of red-headed conures includes the Wagner's Conure, the Mitred Conure, the Finsch's Conure, and of course the Red-masked Conure.

   This confusion usually happens because these conures can look very similar when they are juveniles. Though generally beyond six months they can be distinguished, It does takes several years for them to get their full coloration, and then they are much easier to identify. The Red-masked Conure is the smallest and is the most colorful of these four red-headed conures.

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

Geographic Distribution
Aratinga erythrogenys
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Aratinga
  • Species: erythrogenys

Scientific name: Aratinga erythrogenys

Distribution:    The Red-masked Conure or Cherry-headed Conure is found in the arid zones of western Ecuador and northwestern parts of Peru. They inhabit open forests or the forest edge and are sometimes found near towns.

Description:   This conure has a beautiful green plumage that is paler and more yellowish on the underside. Except for the back half of the cheeks the whole head is red, completely encircling the eyes and often on the throat and neck as well. There is also red on the shoulders, underside of the wings and the thighs. The eye is yellow surrounded by a naked, creamy white eye ring. The beak is horn colored and the legs are gray.
   Young Red-masked Conure's have gray eyes and lack the red on the head.

Size - Weight:    The Red-masked Conure will reach up to 13 inches (33 cm) and weigh 5.8 - 6.5 ozs (164 - 184 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.

Breeding/Reproduction:    The Red-Masked Conure breeds readily in captivity, though generally in the hotter part of the year. The female will lay between 3 to 4 eggs which will incubate for about 23 to 25 days. The young will fledge at about 6 weeks and be fully weaned by 11 or 12 weeks. The breeding box should be about 10" (25 cm) by 11" (28 cm) and 21" (53 cm) deep, with a 4 1/2" (11 cm) entrance.

Potential Problems:    As with many Aratinga species, Red-masked Conures or Cherry-headed Conures can be quite noisy.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for more information.

Availability:   This bird is fairly 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 Red-masked Conure

Kathy stokes - 2015-05-30
Is Lola for sale or adoption?

kathy stokes - 2015-05-30
If anyone know where I can buy/swap/adopt a cherry headed female please email me or contact me by text or call 228-327-0707 It would be greatly appreciated. any information on breeders etc

Reply - 2011-08-12
I have had a female Cherry Head Conure for 5 months she lost her mate
from the other owner, anyway I have had her 5 months with my male Cherry Head and they dont seem to bond? How do I get them to bond?

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-13
    They will bond on their time timetable - not ours. True story. I had a female Hyacinth about 1 year old (Baby Blue) and I wanted her to have a mate. I purchased a male Hyacinth (Troy) and he was about 8 weeks. I hand fed him and Baby Blue would not look at him, would have nothing to do with him etc. Troy was a lover and even by the time he was a year old - Baby Blue would not look at him. If he went on her perch - she would actually somehow get on top of him and hit him in the chest with her beak. He would holler and run. After about two years, I sorta gave up and went and bought Troy a female because he seemed to want the closeness and companionship where Baby Blue just wanted us humans. I brought Midnight (female Hyacinth into the home at about 8 weeks again) and Baby Blue was all over Troy. Baby Blue was on his perch, in his cage, playing coy, would preen him and act silly. I don't even know how Baby Blue knew there was another female in the home as I had her in quarantine. Go figure. After a bunch of years, I have learned that I am not as smart as my birds. They have their behaviors, routines, rules etc and we jus don't necessarily know them.
  • kathy stokes - 2015-05-30
    If you decide to sale either or both Please contact me or if you know where I can get at least a female Please email me at or text or call me at 228-327-0707. Thank you so much If you know a breeder of red masked conures let me know. Id really appreciate it
Susan - 2014-03-22
I got a Cherry Head when he was a few months old. Now he's 18 months, very social and has a vocab of about 45 words. We never taught him to talk or played tapes, he just picked up what we say to him, things like, What are ya doing, you want a nut, you want a banana, you want to give me a kiss. He has a large cage but spends most of the day playing on his Jungle Gym on top of his cage in our Lanai. He's very friendly to family, but not strangers, he also will not talk when strangers are around. We love him to death, but people should not get a parrot because they are pretty and they talk. Parrots are a lot of work, more work than my 2 dogs, they are very messy, need sun and light, fresh fruit, healthy food, and they are noisy. Also, you need to spend a lot of time with them, or they will have problems.

  • Mary - 2015-03-09
    These notices are old but I wondered if perhaps you still have your cherry head?
  • Kathy stokes - 2015-05-24
    Do you know where I can find a cherry headed conure ? Preferable a female. Thank you
  • Anonymous - 2015-05-24
    Do you know where I can find a cherry headed conure ? Preferable a female. Thank you
Kathy stokes - 2015-05-30
Is Lola for sale or adoption?

kathy stokes - 2015-05-30
If anyone know where I can buy/swap/adopt a cherry headed female please email me or contact me by text or call 228-327-0707 It would be greatly appreciated. any information on breeders etc

Kathy stokes - 2015-05-24
Looking to purchase a cherry headed conure , would like a female if possible. I have parrot experience and very familiar with the noise and love it. I own a umberella cockatoo . If you know anyone with one please contact me by email or 228-327-0707

heber socualaya - 2015-04-23
A want to buy the parrot red masked conure