Posted May 31, 2012
I've been graced with getting to share the life of a white eye conure, and now this cherry head conure. I lost my white-eye to a respiratory infection, and missed him so much I really wanted another conure. (I got a peach-front after I lost Sparky, but the little peachfront guy didn't have the same type of personality as the whiteyes or cherry heads). I saw an ad on Craigslist for him, and fell in love immediately. Cosmo is a beautiful cherry head w/ loads of personality. He loves to be in the middle of what's going on and wants to be included. He likes to hang out with us while we watch TV or work at our computers. He seems to prefer my company than that of my husband, although he will tolerate my husband most of the time. I think he's more a "ladies' bird" or maybe just a "mama's bird". He will usually go to guests once he's been around them for a little while. He is VERY jealous and does not like it when I talk to the CAG or play with the smaller birds. He has an odd quirk that I've discovered seems to be common among the cherry-heads -- he will "fight" the laundry ferociously! If I'm folding clothes and he's nearby, he will grab the laundry and shake it like he's a bulldog in a green feather jacket! I've talked with other CHC owners who say theirs do the same thing. The only 2 times he's ever bitten me were once when he was on my shoulder and I was bringing laundry out of the dryer, and once when he was on my shoulder and I was standing near the CAG's cage and made the mistake of talking sweet to him -- the CHC did NOT like me talking sweet talk to the other big bird in the house! Cosmo doesn't talk much or mimic. He also doesn't scream and rattle the windows like some sun conures do! He is content as long as he gets to be a part of the action and gets regular "face time". :-) Once they trust you, the conures are loving, loyal, entertaining family members. One caveat -- if they are jealous of other birds/pets/family members, they do need to be watched carefully if they have free movement within their environment so they don't take the opportunity to bite another bird's toes, a sleeping cat's ear, etc. All in all, they're great birds and I want to have one as long as I am able to care for it!