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The Sun Cheek Conure

Owning a Sun Cheek Conure, a color mutation of the Green Cheek Conure, can be a delightful experience. These vibrant birds are known for their playful personalities and affectionate nature. Here’s some information to consider:

Basic Information:

  1. Species: The Sun Cheek Conure is a color mutation of the Green Cheek Conure (Pyrrhura molinae), a small parrot native to South America.
  2. Appearance: Sun Cheek Conures have vibrant yellow, orange, and red feathers, particularly on their cheeks and belly. They retain the same size and general characteristics as Green Cheek Conures.
  3. Lifespan: With proper care, Sun Cheek Conures can live for 10 to 15 years or even longer.


  1. Cage: Provide a spacious cage with enough room for your Sun Cheek Conure to move around, stretch its wings, and play. The cage should be wider than it is tall, with horizontal bars for climbing. 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 small to medium-sized parrots 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, bananas, grapes, carrots, and leafy greens. Avoid avocados, chocolate, caffeine, and high-fat or salty foods, as these can be harmful to birds.
  3. Seeds and Nuts: Offer seeds and nuts as occasional treats, as they are high in fat and should be given in moderation.
  4. Water: Fresh, clean water should be available at all times.

Socialization and Interaction:

  1. Bonding: Sun Cheek Conures are social birds and can form strong bonds with their human caregivers. Spend time interacting with your bird 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 Sun Cheek 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 Sun Cheek Conure mentally stimulated.

Noise Level:

Sun Cheek Conures, like other conure species, can be vocal. They may chirp, squawk, or make other sounds throughout the day. However, they are not as loud as some larger parrot species.

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