Species group: Conures
Other common names: Golden-crowned Conure, Peach-fronted Parakeet
Scientific name: Eupsittula aurea
The Peach-fronted Conure is a smaller conure, with a relatively softer and lower-pitched voice, that makes this species more apartment-friendly than most conures. An intelligent, social species, this affectionate bird needs to be close to someone, either its owner or a special mate.
Peachfronts are a South American lowland species, perhaps ranging up to 600 meters, reported from Bolivia, Brazil, and northern Argentina, and perhaps elsewhere in rather hot, humid, partly flooded habitat. They seem to be tolerant of human activity, so that they can be easily seen in trees near a road or private airfield, as well as on cattle ranches. At least in Beni department of Bolivia, they nest in termite mounds, but there are reports of this species nesting in tree cavities as well. To mimic the texture of the termite mound, you can line the walls of a wooden roost or nest box with dark, bird-safe cork. They'll really enjoy customizing – chewing! -- that kind of box.
The Peachfront is a slim green conure with an orange forehead. To distinguish them from the Orange-Fronted (also known as the Half Moon Conure), check the beak. Peach-fronted Conures have an all-black beak, while the Orange-Fronts have a light-colored upper mandible.
80 - 105 grams (3 - 3.7 oz.)
26 centimeters (10 in.)
20 - 30 years
Behavior / temperament:
Peach-fronted Conures are steady, social birds who want to please a mate. Although I wouldn't rate their voice as first class, if you want to teach a solo pet to talk, and you patiently practice with the bird each day, you will probably succeed in teaching the Peach-front at least a few words. When the lessons stop, the bird might forget or lose clarity, though. These birds need a great deal of attention and companionship. Bird-proof your house so that your pet can spend hours out of the cage with you every day. Whether it's trick training or just watching TV, your Peach-fronted Conure wants to spend time with you.
Some people have reported feather-picking or other emotional problems that came about because a Peach-fronted Conure felt lonely or neglected. If you simply do not have the time, you will need to provide a mate or friend to be a companion to your bird. Be aware that paired Peach-fronts will become emotionally invested in each other. They might become a little “wild” and lose interest in talking, playing with you, and so on. However, that's because they have turned their energy and attention to their new companion.
Peach-fronted Conures like to chew, and they can make mincemeat of a quarter-inch birch dowel in minutes. A secure cage for a single Peach-fronted Conure should be made of bird-safe powder-coated metal, with a minimum size of 24 inches wide by 18 inches deep by 24 inches tall. Place a sturdy manzanita perch anywhere that you do not want to have to replace perches frequently, but it is equally important to provide these birds with something safe that they can chew. Every Peach-fronted Conure should have a playpen outside of the cage.
Outdoor aviaries should include a Cockatiel-sized roostbox, which is regularly checked to make sure that the birds are not chewing through the wood. For the safety of the bird, you need a double screen for any outdoor aviary – 1) sturdy hardware cloth to keep rats, raccoons, cats, and other pests from entering the aviary, and 2) fine mosquito netting to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile Encephalitis. Despite being roughly Cockatiel-sized, because Peach-fronted Conures are such strong chewers, you should select toys for these birds that are considered safe for Amazons. A toy that is safe for Cockatiels can sometimes be too fragile and represent a hazard to the Peach-front.
The Peach-fronted Conure demands a varied, nutrient-rich diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. There are several diets that work for this species. A good pellet-based diet, with lots of chopped vegetables and fruits on the side, can be a good daily diet. Soak-and-cook, either from a vet or a commercial supplier, is fine too. Many people like to create their own grain and legume based diet, which generally includes a mix of well-cooked beans and grains, including brown rice. As a practical matter, you will probably want to prepare the cooked diet in large batches, freezing what you're not using in a couple of days, and then defrosting it as you need it.
Small, high carbohydrate seeds like millet can be included in the mix. Larger “treat” oil seeds like sunflower can be given by hand. A variety of nuts can also be given by hand or hidden around the bird's playpen to encourage the Peach-front to forage. Crack a nut before giving it to the bird if it's too hard for your pet to open by itself. No conure should be allowed to eat avocado or chocolate.
Important Note: Since the Peach-fronted Conure may be at risk for Conure Bleeding Disease, which is linked to a lack of vitamin K, provide K rich foods in the diet like chopped turnip tops and other dark leafy greens.
Written by Elaine Radford
special relationship, deep affection, emotional closeness, affectionate, mimicry
Alarm Birds, voracious chewers
lightweight, strong pair bond
excellent alternative flight for my older birds
My peachfronts were mostly aviary birds who had large flights for most of their lives. However, in their later years (over age 25, which is old age for a small conure), I took down the large flights and shifted to large rolling wrought iron cages with a playpen on top. There is much less horizontal flight space but they still have plenty of vertical climbing space. Also, these cages can be rolled inside during extreme weather. As geriatric parrots, they are going to be less tolerant of cold weather below 55 degrees F and hot weather above 90 degrees F, and the wheels make it easy for me to roll them cage and all off the screened bird porch and into the house or vice versa.
I felt they were more challenging to set up than the outdoor flight cages because of the wheels. The original wheels weren't all that and had to be replaced with better ones by my husband. And, of course, wrought iron is a little bit heavy. They can be somewhat awkward to manage. But for me it's worth it to keep these former aviary birds happy and engaged.
The Yellow-crowned Amazon has the opposite situation. He was owned for over 20 years by people who kept him in a smallish cage, and he is quite indolent to this day. I move him on my arm or a perch between his large flight in the screened porch bird room to the indoor wrought iron cage, so he now actually has two different environments with their own sets of challenges, toys, and perches. He was not particularly thrilled to have such large cages, but I think it's just because he was used to the old one and also because, as an Amazon, exercise is not his biggest thrill. By now, he seems to enjoy the newer, much larger cages just as much as the older one.
The photo of one of the cages after we put it together does have a proud lovebird sitting on top of it! Don't use a cage like this for a lovebird. She can fly in and out at will. However, the Amazon was not yet in the cage at this point, and she was happy to pose for purposes of scale..
From peachfront 4 days ago
It may Help the Bird Stop Plucking
Clomicalm (clomipramine) treats stress and agitation. Many animal behaviorists believe that some birds pluck their feathers due to stress. The plucking becomes a nervous habit that is difficult to break. The prescription medication may relax the bird enough that the habit ceases. Unfortunately, when the drug is discontinued, many birds again start plucking.
Always discuss the possible side effects of the medication with your veterinarian before administering it to your pet bird. .
From KimberlySharpe 176 days ago