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Peach-fronted Conure

 (Eupsittula aurea)

Also known as: Peach-fronted Parakeet, Golden-crowned Conure

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Peach-fronted Conure
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The Peach-fronted Conure is possibly increasing in population in some areas due to agricultural expansion.

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Species Profile

Genus: Eupsittula | Species: aurea

Size:

26cm (10 in)

Weight:

80-105g (2.8-3.7 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: E.a. aurea, E.a. major

Colour Adult:

E.a. aurea: Both adults yellow/orange forehead and forecrown; back of crown and occiput to lores dull blue; light olive throat, cheeks and breast.  Bill grey/black. Eye-ring orange, eye orange/yellow.       
E.a. major: Both adults as in aurea but green slightly darker; frontal patch paler in colour; larger in size.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but with narrower frontal patch. Bare eye ring pale grey in colour, eye grey.

Call:

Shrill screeching notes while in flight.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
AvianWeb
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 117043, Peach-fronted Parakeet Aratinga aurea, Marantz, Curtis, Para, Brazil, Jan. 10 1997, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Peach-fronted Conure
© Dario Sanches [CC BY-SA 2.0] | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Peach-fronted Conure is possibly increasing in population in some areas due to agricultural expansion.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eupsittula aurea

Species Care

Captive Status:

One of the most popular in recent years, but limited breeding.

Longevity:

15-20 yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2m (6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate; forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas and beans; corn on the cob, green leaves; spray millet, small seed mix (canary, millet, oats, buckwheat, safflower and limited sunflower); soaked and sprouted sunflower; cooked beans or pulses, and complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Bathing, foot toys, ladders, swings, bird-safe wood chewables such as fir, willow, pine or elder branches, bird-safe vegetable tanned leather chewables, heat sterilized pine cones.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box, 12" x 12" x 18" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 45.7cm).

Clutch Size:

2 to 6

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

7-8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Peach-fronted Conure
© Dario Sanches [CC BY-SA 2.0] | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Peach-fronted Conure is possibly increasing in population in some areas due to agricultural expansion.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eupsittula aurea

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Heavily trapped (61,311 individuals recorded in international trade since 1981).

Range:

E.a. aurea: S Surinam, N Brazil, and south of Amazon River from NE and inland Brazil to E Bolivia, SE Peru and NW Argentina.
E.a. major: Exact range not known, but recorded from N Paraguay.

Habitat:

Occurs in open woodland areas including deciduous forest, gallery woodland, Mauritia palm swamp and savanna as well as cultivated areas. In Amazon River area occurs in low scrubby vegetation on sandy soil; in interior E Brazil occupies caatinga and cerrado areas with grassland. Below 600m (1968 ft).

Wild Diet:

Eats seeds, flowers and insects including termites and larvae of beetles, flies and moths.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in pairs during breeding season otherwise in groups of 10-30 birds; feeds in trees and on ground often in company of other parrot species. Tame and approachable. Roosts communally.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 to 6 rounded eggs, 27.5 x 22.0mm (1.1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

June-July, Peru; January, Mato Grosso.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
Research: Individual variation in the contact calls of the monomorphic Peach-fronted Conure and its potential role in communication

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Peach-fronted Conure
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Did You Know?

The Peach-fronted Conure is possibly increasing in population in some areas due to agricultural expansion.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eupsittula aurea

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