Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jun 01, 2014
If you are interested in learning more about Cherry Head Conures, you should pick up a copy of the book, "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." You will fall in love with them. It is a true story of someone who got very involved with the ones that live wild in San Francisco. They became his life.
My experience with the Cherry Head is in fostering. I fostered one that was partially plucked when the family couldn't keep him anymore. The bird had one horrible bite. You haven't lived until you hear the crunch of a conure's beak break into all layers of your skin and get down into the muscle. He is very proud of himself afterwards.
Aside from the awful bites, he was a doll. My African Greys didn't care for him because he was a noisy conure. When he was trying to sing with my greys one day, one turned to him and said, "That's not singing! That's just screamin'!" So, I guess my birds are elitists and had no room in their hearts for conures.
Against my better judgement, a boy of eleven years old wanted to adopt him and his parents agreed. I nervously let him pick up the bird and that bird was the gentlest thing on early with that boy. It blew our minds. The boy adopted him and they were instant best friends. He never had a problem with the bird.
Cherry Head Conures have lots of energy and love loud music and screaming. They are truly heavy metal birds, the noisier and crazier things are, the happier they are. They sing (not attractively), they dance and they talk.
They can feather chew and pluck their feathers on their chest and shoulders. So, sooner or later you might have one that has a bald spot on its belly. It is fairly certain at this point that a few will do this in the wild also.