GOLDEN CONURE Guaruba guarouba
» Also called the Queen of Bavaria Conure and Queens» Endemic to northern parts of Brazil » About 13 1/2” in length » CITES I Endangered due to habitat destruction, capture for the pet trade and the fact that they are also considered an agricultural pest and are hunted for food and sport.» These birds are sold as companions but it is illegal to sell them across state lines without a permit. I have met several of these rare and expensive birds for sale in bird shops in southern California. They are definitely beautiful and the babies are adorable. Several years ago, I visited Nancy Buelow in North Carolina and she had several of these young birds. I had been told they were loud but the youngsters didn't seem as loud to me as their reputation stated.A couple of years ago I visited the aviary of Nancy Speed in Mississippi. She has a building with these birds consisting of parent birds and the birds she has bred. I can't remember how many Queens there were but I think there was at least a few dozen? She warned me that I would need ear plugs when we entered the building. She wasn't joking. When they were all calling together, I would almost describe it as an intense 'keening." Of course an individual bird would not make such an incredible noise and I would imagine that although they can e loud, that a knowledgeable caregiver could manage at least some of that noise.
I have only spent time with one companion Golden Conure, and she was delightful and very playful.