A yellow-sided conure parrot, commonly known as a green-cheeked conure, can live 25 to 30 years in the wild but has an average lifespan of 10 years in captivity. The birds have a lessened lifespan in captivity due to improper care and diet.
Yellow-sided conures are very intelligent and active birds. They can learn simple tricks with training and practice. Conures will exhibit destructive chewing behavior when bored. It is recommended that they are provided with multiple toys to keep them busy. Conures are social birds and require daily interaction from the owner. In the wild, conures live in large flocks, providing socialization; however in a captive environment, the owner must provide socialization for the bird.