Pyrrhura Molinea Molinea
English: Green-cheeked Conure 
Latin: Pyrrhura Molinea Molinea 
Dutch: Groenwangparkiet 
French: Perruche Molinea 
German: Grünwangen-rotschwanzsittich
wild variation
ringsize: 5.5 mm hardened 
length: 26 cm 
Green-cheeked Conures are native to an extensive area, including western central and southern Malo Grosso, Brazil, northern and eastern Brazil, from La Paz to Tarija and northwestern Argentina.


Together with the Brown-eared Conure, the Molinea is the most common Conure species held in captivity.  They make excellent parents and raise their chicks without any problems.  It is best to acquire sexed birds, since there is no apparent difference between both sexes.  They are rather cheap and they will help you gain experience in order to start breeding other Pyrrhura species.

They mate several times a day, sideways from each other, while sitting on a perch or in the nest box.  When the females are about to lay eggs their droppings become rather extensive.  They generally start brooding when the second egg is laid, and the incubation period takes about 21 to 24 days.
The subspecies are very hard to distinguish (see chapter ‘Pyrrhuras or Conures - General Facts and Reflections’).
In this Green-cheeked Conure species different mutations have been bred, which is not the case with the other species.  The following mutations have been distinguished:

 Sea-green x wild variation
 nest-chick          photographs taken while sexing the bird             

Yellow-sided (Hypoxantha)

Sea-green, wild variation and Cinnamon

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