Posted Jul 06, 2014
The Red-masked parakeet, also known as the Cherry-headed Conure, is a parrot that may demand a love-hate relationship. As a previous owner of two of these birds I’ll share my personal experience and let you be the judge.
The Cherry-headed Conure is a very energetic species; it’s highly vocal and secure enough to make its presence noticed. If you like sleeping in the mornings then this bird might not be for you as they can be up-and-early starting at 5:00 am. They are a rather high pitched vocalist with a not so rich vocabulary, so expect the volume level of your house reaching 11 once you adopt this bird. Taking that into consideration I do have to bring attention to their wonderful coloring. Its deep jade green is reminiscent of a thick jungle, and the red spot over its eyes, their namesake, is thick and enamoring.
The diet of this species is very important. You could maintain a normal pellet diet, but I found that a rich fruit and vegetable diet works best; it keeps their energy at optimum levels and helps maintain their plumage in tip-top shape. Waste disposal should not be a problem as they are small in size.
One curious note is that these birds are able to reproduce in captivity, granting some privacy and an exceptionally large cage or habitat (a meter or more in width, depth, and height).