Green-cheeked Parakeet

Green-cheeked Parakeet

If you had the chance to get your hands on some birds, wouldn’t you like it to be the Green-cheeked Parakeet? I’m sure you don’t know much about this species, but rest assured, you’ll learn everything you need to know about it here.

Where are they from?

It is known by the scientific name of pyrrhura molinae, but is commonly known as the Green-cheeked Parakeet. It is endemic to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

pyrrhura molinae

Being a species that lives especially in South America, it is quite accustomed to living in tropical environments. However, it has been found to have a great capacity to adapt to other types of temperatures.

What’s it like physically?

Bird of small size, since it measures around 26 cm. The male and female have no physical differences that are visible to the naked eye, so the only way to end sex is through a DNA test or endoscopy to check the reproductive organs. The specimen size test is unreliable, as in some cases the female is equal to or larger than a male specimen.

It is well known for the large amount of color in its plumage. Its main characteristic is its green cheeks, which is why it was given its name. The part of the forehead is a dark blue color, which goes down to the nape of the neck where it loses color until it turns white and fuses with the throat. Since it has some black feathers, it appears that this part of the body is stained. The coloration becomes more yellowish when it reaches your chest, keeping the feathers stained on your body.

little green parrot

As it descends towards its belly, this coloration becomes increasingly greenish, with some red spots on its plumages. On the back of the body the colour of the feather is light green, except for its wings, which are darker in colour. On the inside of the wings, you can tell that you have yellow feathers when you have them open. The colour of its beak is light grey and its iris is black, with a fairly pronounced eye ring surrounding it.

Unless you are going to live with members of the same species, it is not very compatible with other species. She is quite active, cheerful and calm, as well as curious and outgoing. But, perhaps in the first contact with the new owner she may be quite shy, although she usually has no problems interacting and gaining confidence. Once you have gained their trust, you could say that there is no species more playful and loving than this one.

A total of four subspecies are recognized:

  • Pyrrhura molinae australis: A specimen measuring 26 cm, with a more olive tone at the end of the breast. In addition, the red color of the abdomen area is extensive and much more intense.
  • Pyrrhura molinae phoenicura: It measures about 24 cm and is slightly smaller than the nominal species, and the green colour of the lower part is somewhat more extensive, and the white tone of the throat does not look as “stained”.
  • Pyrrhura molinae hypoxantha: It measures 26 cm and is known as the sordid parrot. It has paler colours and the red colouring of the feathers in the belly area is more widespread, with less blue in the head area.
  • Pyrrhura molinae restricta: It is usually known as Conuro de Santa Cruz. It measures 24 cm and the bluish shade of the body is more present than in the nominal species.

What does his cage have to be?

Never make the mistake of buying her a round cage. It has to be square or rectangular, and longer than tall, so that it can move well around it. It doesn’t have to be made of a material that’s easy to break, like wood. But rather resistant, like stainless steel, as it is a type of bird that likes to gnaw at the bars.

These are birds that have a high appetite and do not cause much trouble when it comes to eating, as the basis of their diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as seeds with fat, such as sunflower seeds or peanuts. The best thing is to get her used to eating fruits and vegetables, and that peanuts are a kind of treat or prize, because being so fatty, can make her fat easily.

Like other members of the parrot family, it has a life expectancy of about 20 years, although it can easily reach 30 years if well cared for. It can be bred out of the cage from an early age, and it is not highly recommended that a novice breeder try to reproduce the species.

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