The Green Cheeked Conure (Pyrrhura molinae, family Psittacidae) - previously known as Molina's conure - is a long-tailed, small- to mid-sized New world parrot native to South America in southern Brazil, eastern Bolivia, northwestern Argentina and northwestern Paraguay at elevations up to 3000 meters. P. molinae weigh from 60 to 90 grams and measure 25 centimeters long, with dark-grey to blackish heads, green cheeks, brown chest, white eye rings, gray beaks, dark gray legs and a completely maroon tail. In captivity, they are engaging, curious, playful pets with big, scrappy personalities.
It is very similar to the Maroon Conure (Pyrrhura frontalis); recent DNA analysis suggests they may in fact be the same species.
- Forshaw, J.M., Knight, F. Parrots of the World. Princeton University Press, 2010. p. 216
- Mancini, J.R. Conure. John Wiley & Sons, 2006. pp 24-25
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