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- Scientific Name:
- Common Name/s:
GOLDEN CAPPED CONURE
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
2, A. a. auricapilla, A. a. aurifrons
- Origin / Distribution:
Brazil, South America.
- Habitat In Wild:
In and around dry forests as well as open areas.
- Status In Wild:
Rare and endangered mainly due to deforestation and trapping for the
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity:
about 12 months
- Adult plumage: attained at about ?
- Best breeding years (estimate):
- Lifespan (estimate): approx.
20 or more
- Sexing: Monomorphic
Rare. Specialist breeders.
Can be noisy, especially during early mornings and evenings.
Usually less noisy than the other Aratinga conures.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $Lots
- Description Of Adults:
- Length: Approx. 300
- 310 mm (or approx. 12 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. 110
- 130 gms (or approx. 4 ozs)
Level Of Knowledge
Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced /
Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws:
Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Refer to " Conures "
web page for general details on the housing of Conures or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
Best housed one pair per aviary.
Conures are best housed as one pair per cage or
aviary and it is generally unwise to have any other birds in the same aviary.
They may kill any bird they do not like.
Leafy branches can be placed in the aviary or cage for the birds to chew up.
This will entertain the birds, help minimize boredom and give the birds
some beak exercise. Natural branches can be used for perches. These
natural perches will be chewed by the birds and may need to be replaced
regularly. Check with local
aviculturalists or an avian veterinarian to ascertain which shrub/tree species
are non toxic and safe to give to the birds.
Diet / Feeding: Refer to " Conures "
web page for general details on the feeding of Conures or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and
can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds
preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by
the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared.
If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their
own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and
been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season.
Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has
chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed.
If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight,
ensure the log / nest-box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the
minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.
- Nesting months: Starts
- Log / Nest-box:
/ depth 500 mm (or approx. 20 inches)
- Log internal
diameter approx. 250 mm. (or approx. 10
- Nest-box internal dimensions approx. 250
mm square (or approx. 10 inches square)
- Diameter of
hole approx. 65 - 70 mm (or approx. 2.5 - 2.75 inches)
- Inspection hole (square or round)
(or approx 4 inches)
- A removable top / lid can be a
useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
- Location and height
of log / nest-box = in a sheltered part of the aviary and at
about 1.5 - 1.8 metres height, but not too close to the roof to
cause heat problems in the hotter months
- Angle of log or nest box = 45 degrees through to vertical. Most
boxes are vertical.
- Nesting log / nest-box material: Decomposed non-toxic saw
dust, wood shavings or other suitable material/s.
- Who incubates the egg/s:
Hen / cock / both share.
Nestbox should be placed in a secluded,
sheltered and darkened part of the aviary.
Timber nest-boxes generally require a
climbing structure attached inside the box below the entrance hole. Both
logs and nests need an entrance hole/opening about 100mm (about 4 inches) from the top. Many species of parrots like the entrance hole
to be just big enough to squeeze through.
More details on
parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of
parrot nestbox/log photos
can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos"
web pages. Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos" in
the navigation bars.
Egg Colour White. Clutch/s
per year 2, sometimes 3. Eggs per nest 3 - 5.
23 - 25 days. Fledge approx. 7 - 8 weeks. Independent approx.
another 2 - 3 weeks.
Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not
be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to
be attempted here.
Refer to "Avian Health Issues"
web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control and Quarantine
requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to
require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web
site. Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page option.
- Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep
updating your knowledge and skills.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- A/A Vol 59 No. 9 Sept 2005 Page 203-204.
- Australian Birdkeeper
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