Animal Stories - Green-cheeked Conure

Animal-World Information about: Green-cheeked Conure

   "Pooki" is just about four months old and he is so darn playful,... he can't wait to be let out of his cage!
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Kurt van Wyk - 2008-03-17
I visit a nearby pet shop each week to see the new stock of parrots they get and from the moment I saw their little GCC I was attached! Unfortunately we are immigrating soon so I can't buy him, but we will definitely get a conure as soon as possible!

terrry James - 2008-03-02
I love my greencheek conure. So smart, I am very impressed with this bird. My bird dances' she will ask you to dance too. Best of all, I love how my bird tells you to gimme a kiss. You must be very sweet and quiet for this, My bird is romantic. BIRD'S MOM

Anonymous - 2008-01-06
I have a Cinnamon/Yellowsided GCC. She is a joy. I've had her for 3 yrs. I don't know what I would do without her. She also gets along with my cat very well, but have found her to be very possessive towards me with my daugther. She tries to attack her when she is out of her cage, but leaves my son alone. I still don't understand it.

Don - 2007-12-20
I got my GCC, Diego, about 3 months ago. He has a big cage and a playstand with lots of toys. I give him/her (I think him but who really knows)the best food of different varieties in several bowls with fresh veggies everyday. He loves grapes! I also give him a 1/2 slice of good bread with nuts and seeds in it hung by a clothes pin to his cage. He eats it every morning and loves it. So far, he says his name in a gravelly voice, "Diego." Especially when I turn out the light for him to sleep and cover his cage, I say, "good night, Diego", to which he will reply, "Diego, Diego". He loves to be out and playing with and on me. He can be very sweet but he also can bite. I think he will get over that, now he mostly does small little "love bites" that hurt terribly on my neck and arms. He also grooms my beard and makes happy noises while he rubs his head and beak against me. It is a strange mixture of love/hate action that can baffle human logic. I know he likes me and I am hoping the nipping will end someday. He will bob his head and open his wings slightly in a "begging" type motion that indicates he wants you to somehow entertain him, which I always fall for because he is fun to play with. He is fascinating to watch and, considering parrots are wild creatures, he is very friendly and tame. Lots of fun and I am crazy about him!

Alanna - 2007-12-13
I have had my GCC, Messy, for a little over a year now and I absolutely love her. Most of the time she is really sweet, but if she gets angry, she will go charging after your fingers like a little bull. She hates balloons and fluffy toys. She can take a dislike to a certain person and attacks them whenever she sees them, also attacking the person who tries to get her off that unfortunate person. I think purring is a GCC trait, although Messy's is more of a soft growl. She does get a bit bitey at times, I have a few scars to prove that. When she is in her cage and I come home, she flips her wings about and crouches on her perch until I let her come out. Then she flies around the house following me wherever I go. When I am handling her, sometimes she rolls onto her back and nips my fingers. She goes down their shirt? Messy goes down your shirt, then she emerges from your shirt sleeve and bites the underside of your arm, which hurts a lot! GCC are wonderful birds, and I think of Messy more like a child than a pet.

Anonymous - 2007-11-19
I bought a GCC in June, but was not sure if I wanted one. I wanted a conure but when I saw Missy, she choose me. Well I went out today and bought me a Pineapple GCC, he choose me. I love GCC's so I might just own a bunch of them for now on.

FComunale - 2007-11-13
Have had my GCC for about 3 years now, cute little thing sometimes. Very socialable, but demanding. If he does not get what he wants he will become nippie. If he senses that you or something around you is a threat he will take a nasty bite out of you. Mostly when he wants to communicate he will bite on the ear to get attention and he also will purr when he is happy and content that he is receiving the attention he feels he deserves. It seems that like some other postings this bird will also tend not to like certain people for some reason and just want to vicously attack them, but with anyone else including his owner he is mostly sweet. Side note: he is deathly afraid of ballons. Maybe this is a GCC trait.

Mike - 2007-10-06
My wife and I have had our green cheek Ernie for about 5 months now. We had him sexed before we bought him so we know he's a boy. He's an extremely intellegent bird and has learned many words. He's quite content to sit on top of his cage looking out the window but as soon as someone walks by he always wants to be picked up. We have a shower perch for him and he loves taking showers with us. Ernie does have a nipping problem like most young conures do and the way we deal with it is to grab his beak and shake his head gently and stress to him "no biting". We have heard after a year they settle down a bit. He's quite a good little man and we're very happy with him.

Emily - 2007-05-27
My name is Emily and I just got my Green Cheek Conure 6 days ago. I don't know her gender so I guessed shes a girl. I named her Kiwi because of her green feathers. She is a great pet to have, I've had two budgies before when I was little and I have already noticed how much more work having a Green Cheek is. Kiwi is very playful and she loves to cuddle. If I let her out of her cage and I sit down to do homework she flies right on top of my head. I love her a lot, but she does bite sometimes. I don't really know how to prevent this, but so far I have just ignored it. I have also noticed that Kiwi enjoys listening to other birds out the window, today she was sitting with me on my bed and she sat on the window sill and chirped back at the birds. I love Kiwi a lot, for all of you who are considering getting a Green Cheek, I definitely recommend one.

Raya Wilson - 2007-05-18
I bought a young conure at the start of the year, around 4-5 months ago, and I am so happy with him. Although I have only had beau for a short time i feel like he's bonded well. he's started saying hello, i think, because a lot of the time its just random mumbling he does. i'v also taught him to summersault around my finger. he's so cute, but i think i spoil him too much because he has a habit of throwing temper tantrums when he doesn't get what he wants. despite this, i love him heaps and he is the best bird ever.