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Golden-Capped Conure

Scientific Classification

Common Name
golden-capped conure
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae (true parrots)
Genus Species
Aratinga (bright and macaw-like) auricapilla (gold head)

Fast Facts

Description
The golden-capped conure has a green body with a red and gold cap and a red breast.
Size
Approximately 30 cm (12 in.) in length
Weight
Approximately 150 g (5.3 oz.)
Diet
Includes seeds, nuts, fruits
Incubation
Approximately 30 days
Clutch Size
3–5 eggs
Life Span
Approximately 30–35 years
Range
Found in central-eastern Brazil
Habitat
Inhabits semi-deciduous forest and adjacent open areas
Population
Global: Estimated at 2,500–10,000
Status 
IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Appendix II
USFWS: Vulnerable

Fun Facts

  1. Due to the small quantity of conures in the wild, little is known about this bird.
  2. Though they are not known as a truly social bird, pairs and small groups may be seen feeding in the treetops together.
  3. Conures have a tendency to spend long periods of time in their nest, even when not breeding.
  4. They are playful birds and are said to be clown-like.
  5. Because of their sharp screeching calls, they are often known as "little macaws."

Ecology and Conservation

The U.S. Wild Bird Act forbids the commercial import of any bird listed by CITES which includes most parrots – endangered or threatened.

Though these birds are not endangered, these birds are often sought for pet trade.

Loss of habitat is the primary threat. This species cannot exist without forest habitat.

Prior to the 1970s, this species was rarely seen in captivity, but because of deforestation, the birds had less and less area to hide. Consequently illegal trade and trapping of this bird became popular.


Bibliography

Forshaw, J.M. Parrots of the World. New Jersey. T.F.H. Publications Inc. 1978. 

Marrison, C. and A. Greensmith. Birds of the World. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc. 1993.

Perrins, C. (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Birds. New York: Facts on File Publications. 1985.

abcbirds.org/international/parrots.htm

birdlife.org/datazone/search/species_search.html