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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

17 Amaze-wing Facts About The Golden Conure For Kids

Discover interesting golden conure facts for kids.)

These energetic parrots are really fun. Their rich personality is an infinite source of amusement and wonders. Even if they are luxurious pets and somewhat tough to come by, every drop of your sweat will be worth it in the end. They are also one of the varieties that are often salvaged from shelters. If a chance comes by, don’t dilly-dally, either buy or adopt, and you won’t repent it. The conure is actually a one-of-a-kind bird. The golden conure is a medium-sized yellow parrot. This bird is native to the Amazon Basin and northern Brazil. Its fluff is mostly bright yellow, but it also sometimes possesses green remiges. It exists in the drier rainforests in the Amazon basin and Brazil. It is endangered by deforestation, flooding, and also by illegal trapping of wild individuals for the pet trade. In aviculture, it is known as the Queen of Bavaria conure.

If you love reading about this beautiful bird, enjoy reading our parrot guide about other species like dusky conure and night parrot.

Golden Conure Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a golden conure?

The golden conure is a type of golden-yellow parrot also known as the Queen of Bavaria conure, Queen of Bavaria, golden conures, golden parakeet, guaruba guarouba, and conure golden.

What class of animal does a golden conure belong to?

This golden parakeet belongs to the class of bird.

How many golden conures are there in the world?

The total population of golden parakeets in the world is assessed to be between 10,000-20,000 conures, including 6,600-13,400 mature individuals. The population is declining but is not sternly fragmented.

Where does a golden conure live?

Golden conures or Queen of Bavaria conures are apparently nomadic, especially in lowland humid forest. In the dry season, they have a tendency to frequently visit the canopies of non-flooded forests. During the breeding season, these birds appear to dwell in lands with a few dispersed trees. Nesting and roosting are usually done in hollow tree cavities.

What is a golden conure's habitat?

These parrots, also known as golden parakeets or Queen of Bavaria conures, are native to a small region in South America and also near the basin of the Amazon River. They occupy a narrow and comparatively small range in northern Brazil. It usually spans three rivers which are the Tocantins, Xingu, and Tapajos. These birds fall under the vulnerable breed, suffering significantly in the '80s. Prompt deforestation, illegal trapping for the pet trade, and attack by predators all led to a big drop in numbers.

Who do golden conures live with?

Golden conures live in flocks of four to 20 individuals.  The process of grooming is called preening, in which birds use their beaks to uncoil and organize their feathers. They have an extremely friendly and affectionate behavior.

How long does a golden conure live?

The conure golden has a lifespan of 20 or more years.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding style of birds is unique amongst parrots. The pairs are assisted by helpers who aid in the nurturing of the young. This behavior is less noticeable with conures in captivity, as they often abandon their young after three weeks. At the age of three years, these parakeets reach the stage of sexual maturity. When the breeding season starts in November to February, they make nests high in a tree in deep and hollow nesting cavities. They lay an average of four 1.46 by 1.18 in (37.1 by 29.9 mm) white eggs. The eggs are aggressively guarded. The incubation period is around 30 days during which the male and female take turns incubating. Golden parakeets lay infertile clutches of eggs until the age of six to eight. In captivity, parakeets recommence breeding when their chicks are taken from them. At birth, chicks are white in color but eventually turn darker within a week. By the end of the third week, their wings and feathers start to develop. Nestlings are preyed upon by toucans which can explain their social behavior.

What is their conservation status?

The IUCN Red List categorizes the golden parakeet as Vulnerable. This is primarily due to deforestation and the capture of wild birds for aviculture. Its bright yellow plumage is highly sought after for its beauty. The present population is believed to be between 10,000-20,000. The construction of the Tucuru Dam in Para from 1975 to 1984 resulted in the relocation of the natural habitat of golden parakeets. More than 35,000 forest inhabitants were evicted from a habitat that was regarded as 'among the richest and most diverse in the world'. Furthermore, the floods inundated a large area of rainforest, resulting in the formation of 1,600 islands. With the help of locals in northeast Brazil, the Brazilian government is leading a worldwide initiative in collaboration with Parrots International, the Lymington Foundation, the University of Sao Paulo, and others to raise young birds in captivity and reintegrate them into their native habitat.

Golden Conure Fun Facts

What do golden conures look like?

The golden conure is 13 in (34 cm) long, mostly yellow, with dark green on the outer wings and an all-yellow tail. The bird features a big gray beak, pale-pink bare eye rings, brown irises, and pink legs. Males and females share the same outward appearance. Juveniles conures have dull plumage with less yellow and more dark green than adults. The head and neck of the juvenile are largely green, the back is mostly green and yellow, the top half of the tail is mostly green, the breast is greenish, the eye rings are pale gray, and the legs are brown.

Interesting facts about the golden conure.

How cute are they?

When golden conures are present, the dazzling patterns and exotic hues fade away. Who says that simple is boring? You will be proven wrong by these beautiful and gorgeous parrots. The entire body of this bird is a brilliant, horn-colored bird, with a fondness rarely seen in aviculture.  There is no doubt about it that this species of bird are the genuine charmers in the pet parrot world, both in terms of their exquisite appearance and their funny personality as compared to golden capped conure and other species like this.

How do they communicate?

As previously said, this species of guarouba has a plethora of endearing characteristics. One of these is their odd and adorable love for chatting. Common words and phrases are easily repeated, but there's also the much-loved parrot-talk and muttering the sounds like human speech. They are also excellent imitators, frequently repeating popular noises as kisses, beeps, and barking.

How big is a golden conure?

The pygmy parrot is a little bird that is about 3.4 in (8.6 cm) length as compared to species of golden conure which is 14 in (35.56 cm). Therefore, a guaruba is four to five times bigger than the pygmy parrot.

How fast can a golden conure fly?

Golden conures are quite energetic birds and are good flyers.

How much does a golden conure weigh?

The conure bird shares certain characteristics with some breeds of macaws, but they are not related. Adult hyacinth macaws weigh about 2.6-3.7 lb (1.2-1.7 kg). The weight of the conure is approximately 8.4 oz (240 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names as such.

What would you call a baby golden parakeet?

A baby conure is called a chick.

What do they eat?

In the wild, conures like feeding on a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and grains. It is essential to feed them a diet that is equally diversified to keep it healthy.

Are they dangerous?

They are not dangerous.

Would they make a good pet?

The bird is energetic which likes climbing, chewing, and playing, and it is one of the favorite pets of all time. Owners must be vigilant in supervising these birds while they are not in their cage to avoid mishaps caused by their insatiable curiosity about the world around them. Since these birds are conures, they are highly noisy and may generate loud cries, making them an unsuitable option for individuals who live in flats or condominiums. Golden conures are very clever and require a lot of mental stimulation to keep boredom and harmful behavior habits at bay. While feather plucking is frequently used as a warning sign in neglected or bored parrots, stress is the primary cause of this self-destructive activity in golden conures. In general, golden conures make excellent pets.  The strong activity level of the golden conure must be considered while choosing a cage. They have a lifespan of 20-30 years.

Did you know...

The female golden conure only teaches two of her babies to fly during 'Real in Rio' leaving the third baby in the nest. What happened to the abandoned chick after that is unclear. He may have hatched later, or it could have been a mistake in the scenario.

Getting your own Queen of Bavaria conure

Due to their scarcity, golden conures are costly birds as compared to macaws. Because they are on the National Endangered Species List, they may only be purchased in the state where you live. They can only be sold to Floridians or perform a 'breeder's exchange' over state borders. Pricing and availability can be confirmed online from the golden conure breeders but will usually range from $1,400-$2,000.

The golden conure's eggs

Golden conures seldom lay five eggs, and with a clutch size this enormous, one or two eggs are not be anticipated to hatch.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our kea parrot facts or great tit facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable golden conure coloring pages.

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