Green Cheek Conure

Pyrrhura molinae

by Sally Blanchard

» About 10" and 60 to 80 grams
» Endemic to West-central Brazil, Mato Grosso, northern and eastern Bolivia, northwestern Argentina
» First became available in the pet industry in the late 1970's and quickly became a popular companion
» There are 5 subspecies in addition to the nominate P.m.molinae 
» The P.m.sordida occurs as a green or yellow morph (the Yellow-sided conure)
» Considered to be stable in their range

Tigerlilly Jones describes Green-cheek vocalizations. “They hardly ever sound like parrots; sweet buzzing, finch-like contact calls, a scolding chattering alarm call, one a two-note signature call that sounds like the opening notes of “The Bridge on the River Kwai” They will probably answer if you whistle it. They are not always that quiet but their voices are not as loud or abrasive as some parrot-family birds. These little guys have a lot of energy and curiosity which means they need to be supervised when they are out of their cages. I was called to do a consultation with a Green-cheek that decided to 'dust-bathe' in the fireplace. He needed a few baths to get all of the dust out of his feathers! On a diet that consists of mostly pellets or all pellets, I think the lifespan of these conures and their relative will be shorter than if the birds are on a primarily fresh food diet.




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