Big Bird in A Small Package
The Green Cheek Conure, also known as the Green Cheeked Conure, is one of the smallest of the conure family measuring in at about 10 inches from tip to tail.
They generally have a good temperament and disposition and make good pets for families who are experienced with owning birds.They are also loyal birds and will form a strong bond to their owners. This strong bond means they will want to spend an abundance of time with you.
If you do not have a lot of free time to spend with your bird, we’re talking about several hours a day, you may want to consider buying a pair so they can keep each other from becoming bored.
Why is it important your Green Cheek Conure doesn’t become bored? We’ll in addition to boredom being the cause of many behavior problems including screaming, biting, and feather plucking, the Green Cheek is a mischief maker and if left to their own devices will wreak havoc on your home.
If you’re considering purchasing a green cheek from the pet store you may want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. Young Green Cheeks are often confused with young Maroon Bellied conures and can be mislabeled in pet stores. What does a green cheek look like and how can you tell the difference?
They’re both the same size and they’re both primarily green. However, the Green-Cheek is a generally brighter in color than the Maroon-bellied, and they have gray barring on their chest which fades into a reddish belly. Both Green Cheeks and maroon bellies have a dark gray beak and feet. Buying your bird from a breeder will help to ensure you’re getting the bird you want.
Speaking of breeding Green Cheek conures, they reach sexual maturity around 1 year and are ready to breed. During this time you may find your Green cheek has become a bit nippy.
This behavior can be dealt with by training them and by learning to read their behavior. In short, if they look like they’re getting ready to bite you, they probably are. Recognizing these moments can help save you some flesh and can help your bird to stay calm and not develop a biting habit.
Back to breeding. They lay about 4-6 eggs which hatch around 24 days later. Surgical sexing is recommended to determine gender of your conure. In the wild, they are native to west-central and southern Mato Grosso, Brazil, and through Bolivia to Argentina. They live in large flocks and love to hang out in the treetops. In the wild, they eat various seeds and fruits and other vegetable matter.
In captivity they’ll thrive on a diet based on natural pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables. A word of caution, these little birds are big eaters and they love food. Feed them table scraps, seeds and nuts sparingly so they don’t become over weight.
Because they’re social birds, many Green Cheek owners will feed them at the family dinner table so they can eat with the family. You certainly don’t have to make a habit out of this but it’s a nice treat for your bird.
In addition to being loyal and social, you’ll find that a green cheek is intelligent. They’re not considered to be the best talkers but they can learn a few words or mimic household sounds. They can also be taught a number of tricks.
The majority of Green Cheek Conures are affectionate and will enjoy the occasional pet or snuggle. They’ll also chew on just about anything you have available. In order to channel their chewing tendencies, make sure to provide plenty of toys to keep their beaks busy. Toys keep their brains busy too.
Puzzle toys, interactive toys, colorful toys, toys with texture, and toys that make sounds are all excellent and a great way to keep your bird busy and entertained. They love time out of the cage yet they need to be supervised, unless you want them to redecorate your home!
Green Cheek Conures are a wonderful little companion bird. They’ll keep you entertained and loved all their life.