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Peach-fronted Conures

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Peach Fronted Conures (Aratinga Aurea) are native to Brazil, south of the amazon and eastward to Rio Madeira, eastern Bolivia, Mato Grosso, and San Paulo.


Description:

The Peach-fronted conures average 10 inches (25 cm) in length and weigh around 3.7 ozs. (105 g). They have a greyish-green back with a lighter green color on the breast. The forehead and part of the crown are bright orange. The rest of the crown is blue-green. There are black tips on the wings and blue tips on the tail. The beak is black.

They are similar in appearance and size to the three subspecies of Orange-fronted Conures (see the Half-Moon Conure) but have a smaller black beak rather than horn colored, and their colored frontal band is larger


Peach-fronted vs. Half-moon Conure


Personality / Pet Potential:

Peach-fronted Conures are easily available on the pet market and are popular pets that love to play and climb. Natural branches and lots of toys are recommended. Half-moon Conure can be very noisy and destructive as they like to chew on things. Providing them with toys and / or non-toxic wood / branches is a good way to stop them from chewing on items you would like to keep whole (like your furniture :-). Like most conures, they are wonderful sentinel (watch) birds alerting you to anything they feel should not be there. They do like to chew on things and should be given lots of toys to keep them happy. Like most conures, Peach Fronts love to bathe. Some like their water dishes, others learn to love spray baths.

These small birds become quite partial to their owners, may be taught a small amount of speech and can make wonderful pets. Since they have a low-pitched sound, they would make a great apartment bird. They are relatively inexpensive compared to other conures, about $300 U.S. dollars.


Conures as Pets (Suitability, Personality, Pros and Cons, Care Requirements)


Breeding / Reproduction:

They are relatively easy to breed. The recommended nesting box should be 13" x 10" x 10" in size, with an entrance hole about 3 1/4" in diameter. The hen lays 2 to 4 eggs, which she incubates for about 26 days. The nestlings fledge after about 52 days.

Below are the dimensions of nesting boxes generally used for these birds. But the dimensions can vary widely, as they are influenced by the previous owner's and conures' preferences - the latter is often guided by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared. 

If the breeding birds don't appear to accept their given nest boxes, the solution is often to offer them a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and place them in various locations within the aviary. This way, the parent birds can make their own choice.  Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season.  Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed.  If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest-box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.


Conure Log / Nest-box / Nesting Peferences


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Taxonomy:

Genus: Scientific: Aratinga ... English: Conures ... Dutch: Wigstaartparkieten ... German: Keilschwanzsittiche ... French: Aratinga

Species: Scientific: Aratinga aurea aurea aka Eupsittula aurea aurea ... English: Peach-fronted Conure, Golden-crowned Conure, Half-moon Conure ... Dutch: Goudvoorhoofdparkiet ... German: Goldstirnsittich ... French: Perruche à front d'or

Sub-Species / Races Including Nominate: aurea, major

CITES II - Endangered ... Distribution: Southernmost Surinam, Brazil, South to Eastern Bolivia, Northern Paraguay, Extreme North-western Argentina



Sub-species:

Greater Peach-fronted Conures: Please scroll up for additional information.

Genus: Scientific: Aratinga ... English: Conures ... Dutch: Wigstaartparkieten ... German: Keilschwanzsittiche ... French: Aratinga

Species: Scientific: Aratinga aurea major aka Eupsittula aurea major ... English: Greater Peach-fronted Conure ... Dutch: Grote Goudvoorhoofdparkiet ... German: Großer Goldstirnsittich ... French: Perruche grand à front d'or

CITES II - Endangered ... Distribution: Northern Paraguay, Southern Bolivia, North-western Argentina


Orange-fronted Conures:

Orange-fronted Conures have the fun-loving, inquisitive and playful personalities of most of the other Conures and can become good talkers. However, they can be very noisy and may not make a good pet for apartment dwellers or those who are sensitive to noise. Orange-front Conures are around 11-12 inches in length and weigh around 80-90 grams.

Genus: Scientific: Aratinga ... English: Conures ... Dutch: Wigstaartparkieten ... German: Keilschwanzsittiche ... French: Aratinga

Species: Scientific: Aratinga canicularis canicularis aka Eupsittula canicularis canicularis ... English: Orange-fronted Conure, Petz's Conure ... Dutch: Ivooraratinga, Petz's Parkiet ... German: Elfenbeinsittich ... French: Perruche à front orange

Nominate Species and Sub-Species: canicularise, burnirostrum, clarae

CITES II - Endangered ... Distribution: Pacific Slopes Central America from South-western Mexico, South to Western Costa Rica


Southern Mexican Petz's Conures:

Genus Scientific: Aratinga ... English: Conures ... Dutch: Wigstaartparkieten ... German: Keilschwanzsittiche ... French: Aratinga

Species: Scientific: Aratinga canicularis eburnirostrum aka Eupsittula canicularis eburnirostrum ... English: Southern Mexican Petz's Conure ... Dutch: Zuid-Mexicaanse Petz's Parkiet ... German: Südmexikanischer Elfenbeinsittich ... French: Perruche à front rouge Lesson

CITES II - Endangered ... Distribution: South-western Mexico from Extreme Eastern Michoacán South through Guerrero to Oaxaca


Western Mexican Petz's Conures:

Genus: Scientific: Aratinga ... English: Conures ... Dutch: Wigstaartparkieten ... German: Keilschwanzsittiche ... French: Aratinga

Species: Scientific: Aratinga canicularis clarae aka Eupsittula canicularis clarae ... English: Western Mexican Petz's Conure ... Dutch: Westelijke Mexicaanse Petz's Parkiet ... German: Westmexikanischer Elfenbeinsittich ... French: Perruche à front rouge Clarae

CITES II - Endangered ... Distribution: Western Mexico

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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