The Golden Conure

This extremely rare bird (in the wild and captivity) was once considered to be of the Macaw Family, because of it’s head size (large) and tail size and shape, but; was recently reclassified to the Conure family after further comparisons were made.

In the wild, its habitat is restricted to northeastern Brazil, south of the Amazon River, from the west bank of the Rio Tapajos, Para and east to northwestern Maranhaao. They prefer hilly upland areas of terra firma rather than verzea, or flooded forest.

There is no proven life span record, established yet (that this writer can locate), but; estimates are 20-35 years, if living in an ideal domestic situation. Like the Hyacinth Macaw, (these birds are so near extinction in the wild, due to loss of habitat, hunting for their feathers for adornment and of course the pet trade in South America and other countries who still allow importation that the World Parrot Trust is striving to re-establish their numbers and save the species.

They are covered all over with bright yellow feathers, which are in striking contrast to the dark green primary flights. They average 14 inches in length and weigh 8.8 ozs (249 g). Because of their massive head and beak, many people feel the Golden’s more closely resemble macaws than conures. Immature birds have scattered green feathers on the upper wing-coverts and cheeks and are rather slimmer in build. They are among the most expensive conures both to purchase and to care for, although many owners feel that the benefits outweigh the cost.

DO THEY MAKE GOOD COMPANIONS? Yes of course they do (with the exception of their very loud Screech, referred to by Conure lovers as the Conure Nuclear Alert (CNA). All Conures need to be well socialized in order to make good companions. The Golden is no exception. The more family commotion and activity to participate in, the better they like it. They love to be petted and touched and do very well with children who are taught to be gentle with them.

TOYS: These birds are wood chewers extraordinaire. Make sure that they have plenty of wooden toys to chew and a very large cage. These birds need room to climb, play and explore; they enjoy foraging and putting treats or food in a crumpled piece of plain paper is a wonderful game for them.

HIDING PLACES: Golden Conures enjoy paper bags big enough to crawl into and boxes that are clean and free of excessive ink. If you are the fortunate companion of a Golden Conure, please take stock of their cage size, bar spacing and interior roominess. If you need help in selecting the perfect house for your precious Golden, give Korey at Bird Cages Galore at call or post to him on our Bird Cages Galore Facebook Page. He will show you a great selection of cages at super prices.