The lifespan of the cherry-headed conure (Aratinga erythrogenys) ranges from 10 to 50 years, depending on factors that include housing, diet, exercise and environmental concerns. According to a New Mexico State University study, the maximum lifespan of cherry-headed conures in captivity is nearly 27 years.
Native to Ecuador and Peru, cherry-headed conures inhabit forests, jungles and suburban locations. Due to their popularity as house pets, this species is suffering a large decline and is nearly threatened due to heavy international trading.
Cherry-headed conures are very social, energetic, strong and noisy birds that need a great deal of love and attention to thrive in a captive environment. If care is lacking, these birds are prone to depression and destructive, self-harming behavior that significantly affects their lifespan.