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Sandra July 10, 2022

Green Cheek Conure Profile

Green-cheeked conures have stolen many bird lovers' hearts. The Green-cheeked conure is one of the smallest conure species.

All About Green Cheeks

Common names: Green-cheeked conure, green-cheeked parakeet, yellow-sided conure, green-cheeked parrot

Scientific name: Pyrrhura molinae with six subspecies with slight varieties: P. molinae australis, P. m. molinae, P. m. phoenicura, P. m. restricta, P. m. flavoptera, P. m. hypoxantha

Adult size: 10-11 inches

Weight: 60-80grams

Life span: Can live 25-30 years in captivity.

Personality: Green-cheeked conures can be outgoing and comical, but they can also be slightly shyer than other conures. They love to play and goof around. They are highly social and love attention. A Green-cheeked conure is a highly affectionate bird that loves its owners intensely; they need an owner who can give them a lot of social time and out of the cage. 

Loudness level: Medium/Moderate. Green cheeks have a relatively low noise level compared to their cousins. They are much quieter than a sun or jenday conure! However, as all birds are, they are very vocal communicators and love to mimic sounds. 

Colour: Green, gray, variations can have red, turquoise, beige, maroon, blue etc. (They are not as bright as a sun or jenday conure).

  • Cinnamon: These conures have a tan head, beige/light beak, and feet.
  • Turquoise: These conures are turquoise or blue. They also have gray tail feathers and pastel yellow chest feathers.
  • Pineapple: These conures are a mutation of yellow-sided and cinnamon conures with splashes of coral. 
  • Yellow-sided: These conures have bright yellow breasts. The intensity of the yellow colour and position often vary with coral red bellies!

Origin: The green-cheeked conure originates in the wild in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay, where it inhabits forests and woodland areas. It usually lives in flocks of 10 to 20 birds at treetop level or larger flocks where there is more food.

Diet: A green-cheeked conure should feast on a nutritionally balanced manufactured diet, supplemented with fresh vegetables, moderate amounts of fruit and high-quality pellets. Including some healthy seeds, grains and nuts in moderation.

Exercise: These birds love to hang upside-down and climb along the cage bars. They love to roll on their backs, wrestle, fly around and love playing with their owners. Green cheeks are also mischievous, so make sure you supervise your bird and give them the time and attention they need to thrive. 

The green-cheeked conure will generally live peacefully with conures of similar size, though it will not readily tolerate smaller birds. It might be in danger from the aggression of a bigger bird.