Golden-capped Conure

Golden-capped Conure

Scientific Name: Aratinga solstitialis auricapilla
Origin: Mid-to-southeastern parts of Brazil
Average Lifespan: up to 30 years
Size: 30 inches
Color:  Predominant green, orange, and yellow
Sounds: Muffled to high-pitched
Interaction: Social

Golden-capped Conure

Photo: Rüdiger Stehn | Flickr

Physical Characteristics of the Golden-capped Conure

The young Golden-capped conure is mainly seen as a small, long-tailed green bird. You’ll notice some orange specks that appear around its eyes and beak going to its upper torso, the green tail with a mixed hue of navy blue on it. This bird’s full appearance will bloom into a spectacular, winged beauty only until right after its first molt. New feathers will begin to appear with a gold-speckled cap which extends to the shoulders.  Golden-capped conures, when fully matured, with its vibrant coloring will now appear like it’s basking under the golden sunbeam.

Personality and Temperament

As pets, Golden-capped conures make fine birds, but careful supervision is still needed with any child around it. In addition, these birds don’t cost much and are pretty much low maintenance even if its owner isn’t around.

Generally, a Golden-capped conure is noisy by nature and is not ideal to keep if you live in an apartment unless handled correctly. Intelligent and playful, these beautiful creatures are a delightful companion as well. These conures are generally happy, easygoing, sweet little birds. You will discover they respond so well with cuddling, and can be taught with simple tricks (standing in their head and playing dead) for a bit of entertainment!

You’ll also be happy to know that these birds can, and will to talk a few phrases. Golden-capped conures eventually will learn how to talk. Their voice might remind you of Donald Duck so the words might come out funny, but they will learn in time. They’re also not comparably noisy as jendays and suns, but this difference will look very minimal when your ears are both ringing. Shrieking in conures is common too, and unavoidable.

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In rainforests, shrieking is their instinctive way of greeting of members coming back. So don’t be surprised if your lovely golden-cap shrieks as soon as you come back home. This is also true when a Golden-cap feels alarmed and shrieks incessantly — their way of a flock warning of potential danger, and should not be taken for granted or worse, punished. A bit of attention and fussing can help soothe the distressed bird until it stops shrieking.

Too much of giving attention to the type of conure that shrieks a lot can be quite loud. This behavior can be corrected by training them to be left alone for the most part, and just do whatever you’re needed to do.  If a conure knows that it can be given attention after every shriek, it may be that the bird has trained you instead! Remember that they are sweet, loving little birds… and very smart. Try leaving it alone and fuss over when the conure is in a calm and quiet disposition again.

Nipping is a common habit in these birds while young. Chewing on an object or your finger is a phase that should not last long. Just don’t let your conure hang onto a prolonged habit of chewing on your finger as its beak is surprisingly sharp and strong, and can hurt you. Try giving your golden-cap popsicle sticks or a small, soft chewing toy. Also, it’s worth noting that nipping may also happen with fatigue, molting, sexual maturity or other stressful situation, so it’s best to keep the bird’s chew toys even after the habit stopped.

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Health and Care

Golden-capped conures have furthered so much from today’s avian health care and diet. Given the right nourishment, healthy interaction, and veterinary care can make them live for up to 30 years. Of course, these splendid birds thrive on affection and attention from their owners, and meal preparation shouldn’t be too much of a chore.

Bird pellets of high quality are great for them, added with various vegetables and little amount of fruits.  Carbohydrate-rich foods such as rice, pasta, and beans can be given, too. Nuts and seeds are also good but only feed them with these sparingly because of the increased fat content. Avocados and chocolates are not allowed for these birds.

History and Background

Golden-capped conures, gold capped, or golden cap conures are part of Genus Aratinga, a taxonomic group (golden-fronted conure, sun conure, and the jenday conure). Gold caps are renowned for their rich, vibrant colors — orange plumage, yellow, and green, which is predominant in all Aratinga conures.

Conures are originally from South America and are basically found in Brazil’s mid-to-southeastern parts.

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