Green Cheeked Conures (Pyrrhura molinae) are one of the favourite parrots among bird novices because of the size and temperament. Although they are relatively small parrots they have a huge personalities. To stop them becoming bored they need a lot of attention. A bored Conure can become a problem and will start being very vocal and biting without any warning.
We are often asked if Green Cheeked Conures can talk. The short answer is yes. We have 4 conures in our household and 3 of them can say few words and couple of sentences with several words in it. However, they are not very clear and you need to listen very carefully to understand what they are trying to say. Like many parrots when they learn a new word, it is going to be their new favourite thing to say.
The Green Cheeked Conure is found in wild in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay, where it inhabits forests and woodland areas.
Green Cheeked Conures can be fed on pellets or mixed parrot food. Which ever you choose, remember to include mixed vegetables and fruits in their diet. Make sure you wash and drain it before feeding it to your Conure.
Clean water should be provided at least once a day. Twice a day or more is recommended. Conures love a good bath and if they have the opportunity to bath in their drinking water, they will do so.
As with all other parrots you need to be very careful about what you are using around them. Scented candles and oils, air fresheners or caustic cleaners are very harmful to parrots. Be aware of self cleaning ovens as well.
The most toxic item we normally have in our household are items that have PFOA and/or PTFE in it. It’s also known as Teflon although Teflon is commonly known as a brand name. Most pots and pans have this non stick coating. Some hair dryers and heaters do have this coating too. We have heard far to many parrots that passed away because of the toxic fumes that can come from those items. If you can smell something, can it kill the parrot?
As mentioned before, Conures can become bored easily. Toys can play an important role in keeping them occupied when they are left alone. Make sure your Conure has some toys to play with, occasionally swapping them out for new toys on a regular basis as Conures can become bored with the same toys for a long time.
All in all, Green Cheeked Conures are fabulous pets. They can live up to 25 years or more if well looked after. They can behave like little jokers. Hanging upside-down and full of antics behaviour. Green Cheeked Conures are mischief makers so keep an eye on your bird at all times to make sure they are not up to something that can either can harm them or they are damaging something valuable.