Here are my answers to the most popular questions I get about Peachfront Conures. As always, birds in general and parrots in particular are individuals. Your results may vary.
Q: How long do Peachfronted Conures live?
A: We’re still not sure. I own two Peachfronts, Courtney and Ronnie, who hatched in April 1990, so they’re almost 27 years old at the time of updating. I also hold another Peachfront Conure well into his twenties, and I recently heard from a Tweep that her Peachfront, a single pet, was 25, and I was linked up to several videos of another 27-year-old Peachfront. My birds are slowing down a little bit, and their voices sometimes crack a little, but they’re really showing very few signs of age. My guess is that they could live to around age 30 and possibly even longer.
We know less about the lifespan of wild tropical parrots than we might wish, but small parrots tend to live fast and breed young, so I’m guessing wild Peachfronts might usually live six to 10 years in the wild, if they fledge successfully. Captive pet and aviary Peachfronts, who are protected from predators and can be treated for at least some illnesses, should normally live 15 to 20 years — and potentially much longer if you have the right combination of good care, good genes, and good luck.
Q: How loud do Peachfronted Conures get?
A: I wrote a whole rant on the topic of Don’t Go By Rumors! Peachfront Conures Are not Loud! on my official dedicated peachfront conure webpage. In short, my experience is that these birds are just not all that loud. For decades, they were wrongly classified with the Aratinga conures, who can really make you regret your whole existence when they are chewing you out.
That said, birds are individuals. And virtually almost all parrots will squawk at times. If you are noise sensitive, you need to visit someone who holds the species you’re considering and give them a listen for awhile. Peachfront Conures are not utterly silent.
Q: I have other pets. Will a Peachfronted Conure fit into my household?
A: At Right Pet, we have spent a lot of time developing tools to help you figure out which pet fits best into your lifestyle. It’s my opinion that a single pet Peachfronted Conure is the most likely to bond to you, because these birds have a strong pair bond. Therefore, if you have other birds, it’s OK if they’re canaries or finches or other species that are for beauty or for song. But if you already have a big bird that demands a lot of your active companionship time, I wouldn’t recommend a single Peachfronted Conure. A pair set up in an aviary, where they can entertain each other, is fine.
I realize not everyone will agree with me, but I always ask people who already own cats NOT to add a pet bird to the household while they own the cat. Yes, some people do make it work. But many people — including people I’ve known — just think they’re making it work. Cats have a natural instinct to go after small birds. You can make a small mistake, and your bird pays the price.
Q: What else do I need to know if I’ve never had a bird before?
A. Peachfront Conures are a great place to start. Indeed, my own first bird was a Peachfront Conure who became a great pet and then graduated into a devoted father of the small flock I hold today.
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