What Is a Fancy Green-Cheeked Conure?


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Green-cheeked conures are parrots that are native to South and Central America and Mexico. Green-cheeked conures come in a variety of color variations; sometimes these variations are termed "fancy" by breeders and pet stores. However, this label is only a sales term; there is no subspecies known as the "fancy" green-cheeked conure.

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Green-cheeked conures are around 10 inches long and weigh under a pound. They have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years, and they live in groups of 10 to 20 birds. Females lay four to six eggs and incubate the eggs for 23 to 24 days.

Green-cheeked conures eat fruits, grains, greens, legumes, sprouts and vegetables. They need a source of calcium and fresh water daily. Green-cheeked conures bathe themselves daily to keep their feathers clean. They need ladders, swings, perches and chew toys in their cages.

Green-cheeked conures are considered quiet because they are less vocal than other parrots. Some mimic human voices, but most can only say a few words, and others may never learn to talk. Green-cheeked conures are playful, affectionate and intelligent. They can be taught to lie on their backs and to kiss. Green-cheeked conures like to be held and require daily interaction.

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