First Flight Exotic Birds

Golden Conures are so kind and loving that they will adopt orphaned Conures and raise them as their own! Tragically, these beautiful birds are fast disappearing from the wild. golden conure

In the wild, Golden Conures live in small groups or pairs. The love to play in the tops of the forest trees, and flit from tree to tree, using their beaks to help them climb! Golden Conures are quite amiable and when feeding will associate with other types of parrots. Golden Conures have even been seen to adopt unrelated chicks and raise them as their own! They are quite noisy and have shrill voices. In the wild, they eat insects and larvae, seeds, nuts and fruits. You should feed your Golden Conure a variety of vegetables, dried shrimp, flowers, seeds and buds in addition to vitamin and mineral supplements like salt. In captivity, Golden Conures do best when kept in pairs or groups. They need an outdoor aviary with access to an indoor, heated area. Golden Conures do not bathe or chew as much or as often as other Conures. They do need lots of hiding places and undergrowth in their aviaries for playing and hiding. Golden Conures are very curious and affectionate, and get bored easily. They need lots of toys in addition to plenty of playtime and cuddletime to keep them amused.

Growing to about 14 inches in length, Golden Conures are incredibly beautiful. They are golden with a bright splashed color that looks like it would glow in the dark! Their horn-colored beaks are quite large, and they do show the white periopthalmic ring typical of Conures. The only color on a Golden Conure that is not gold is seen on their green flight feathers. The feet are flesh colored and the iris is dark brown.

Native to Brazil, Golden Conures are scarce in aviculture although they are gaining in popularity. They are also known as the Queen of Bavaria Conure and live in dryer regions of the rainforest along watercourses. First noted by Gmelin in 1788, Golden Conures are endangered in the wild due to habitat loss. They are also becoming extinct because of exportation for the pet trade, made illegal in 1973, and because farmers believe they threaten crops and shoot them. They are extensively bred in captive conservation programs and it is not advisable to keep scarce wild-caught birds. At any rate, captive-bred Golden Conures make more affectionate, healthier pets than do wild-caught Conures.