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
"This species has a very strong pair bond. If you are keeping a single bird as a pet, and you work at home such that you can spend hours a day with the bird, you will be so pleased with how deep a bond you form. They are light-weight on the shoulder and naturally very affectionate to their chosen one. However, if you cannot spend much time with the bird, you should pair it up or at least put it with a friend so the bird will be able to express its deep affection. They may look like other species in the genus but their behavior is different, because they like to form pairs rather than colonies. They are also notable because their voice is not as loud or as shrill as better-known relatives like the Sun, a species that has some truly hair-raising vocal cords. I had a very special relationship for many years when I was working at home with my single pet. When I began to travel more, I had to carefully introduce the bird to his mate, so that he could slowly develop affection for the new companion. I'll say it again: These birds should not be left alone. They need physical and emotional closeness to one other person or bird. <br><br>July 2014 Update: My current peachfront conures are easy-going aviary birds that I bred myself. The two oldest are 24, and the others are also in their twenties, so you can see that this is a very long-lived smaller species. I keep them in pairs, and they make a beautiful show, always playing with their mate and sitting close or preening or feeding each other. <br><br>To prevent them from breeding, don't line the nestbox with dark cork, which seems to stimulate them. It may be a good idea to replace any eggs they lay with artificial eggs to allow them to get the brooding instinct out of their system. If you do want to breed them, have a plan for the youngsters and do try lining the nextbox inside and out with chewable birdsafe dark cork. It really worked for me back in the day when I was still a hobby breeder.<br><br>Update: September 30, 2015: I should have updated awhile ago. The first two peachfront conures I ever hatched celebrated their 25th birthday in April. (The candles in the photo of these two birds are a photoshop, I don't really allow my birds near candles.) I continue to be amazed at what a healthy, trouble-free species this small conure has turned out to be.."
From peachfront Jun 8 2012 1:21PM