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The Green Cheek Conure

Basic Information:

  1. Species: The Green Cheek Conure (Pyrrhura molinae) is a small parrot native to South America, particularly the forests of Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay.
  2. Size: They are relatively small birds, typically around 10 inches (25 cm) in length.
  3. Lifespan: With proper care, Green Cheek Conures can live for 10 to 15 years or even longer.


  1. Cage: Provide a spacious cage, preferably wider than it is tall, with enough room for your conure to stretch its wings and move around. A minimum cage size is typically 24 inches by 24 inches by 24 inches.
  2. Perches and Toys: Offer various perches of different diameters to exercise their feet, and provide plenty of toys to keep them mentally stimulated. Conures are intelligent birds and require mental stimulation to prevent boredom.


  1. Pellets: A high-quality pellet diet formulated for conures should form the basis of their diet, providing balanced nutrition.
  2. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, such as apples, grapes, carrots, and leafy greens. Avoid avocados, chocolate, caffeine, and high-fat or salty foods, as these can be harmful to birds.
  3. Water: Fresh, clean water should be available at all times.

Socialization and Interaction:

  1. Bonding: Green Cheek Conures are social birds and thrive on interaction with their human caregivers. Spend time interacting with your conure daily through gentle handling, talking, and playing.
  2. Training: They are intelligent birds and can be trained to do tricks and mimic sounds. Positive reinforcement training methods work well with them.

Health Care:

  1. Veterinary Care: Schedule regular check-ups with an avian veterinarian to ensure your conure remains healthy. Annual check-ups are recommended.
  2. Grooming: Trim their nails and wings as needed. Some owners also opt for regular grooming sessions to help maintain their bird’s plumage.

Environmental Enrichment:

  1. Out-of-Cage Time: Allow supervised out-of-cage time daily to explore and exercise.
  2. Environmental Enrichment: Provide foraging opportunities, such as hiding treats in toys or foraging devices, to keep your conure mentally stimulated.

Noise Level:

Green Cheek Conures are known for their relatively quiet nature compared to some other parrot species. However, they can still be vocal, especially during certain times of the day or when they’re excited.

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