Cherry-Headed Conure


Cherry-headed conures are fun-loving, intelligent birds that thrive on interaction and activity. They can be delightful and entertaining pet birds if you interact with them. Cherry-headed conures are loud and owners of these pet birds say that they enjoy being the center of attention. Without frequent interaction, they can become independent and nippy. A feral group of this species was the subject of the book “Parrots of Telegraph Hill” by Mark Bittner, which inspired a documentary of the same name.

Behavior / Health Concerns

This species is full of energy and spunk — prospective pet bird owners should be willing to spend 2 to 4 hours per day interacting with this conure to keep it healthy and happy. Because of its loud, shrill call, it is best kept in a home instead of an apartment. Cherry-headed conures are strong birds and similarly require durable pet bird cages and plenty of chewing and playing opportunities.

Expert Advice

“Cherry-headed conures are known to be very vocal and can be quite loud. They, like most conures, are very active and energetic.”
Gregory Rich, DVM, West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic, Metairie, La

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Southwest Ecuador, Northwest Peru
13 inches
Life Expectancy:
40 plus years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Moderate talking ability; good trick ability