The Queen of Bavaria Conure or Golden Conure also known as the Golden Parakeet conure is the most beautiful and most sough sought after of all the conures! The Queen of Bavaria Conures or Golden Conures are very lively little birds, though in captivity they will rarely fly. Rather they choose to climb about, perform acrobatic maneuvers, and be quite comical. Human companionship is greatly enjoyed and they can be very affectionate. Favorite activity is to chew, so be sure to provide lots of wooden toys to keep them from becoming bored. This conure does have one bad habit, they are prone to feather plucking, especially the wings and chest. This is possibly due to their high energy needs, and becoming bored in a limited space without enough activity or stimulation. It is recommended that you give them plenty of toys and freedom of movement, as well as plenty of proteins, calcium, and mineral supplements.


The Queen of Bavaria Conure or Golden Conure, a small member of the parrot family, is considered the most beautiful of the conures. They are a brilliant golden yellow with only the lower portion of the wings being green. They rather resemble a small macaw with a beak and head that is quite large, though they have a relatively short tail. The eye is brown surrounded by a naked white eye ring. The beak is a pale horn color and the legs are a light pink. The young have green feathers in the plumage and the yellow is duller. They are fully feathered by 18 months of age.

Size – Weight:

The Queen of Bavaria Conure or Golden Conure will reach up to 14 inches (35.5 cm) and weigh 8.8 ozs (249 g).

Care and feeding:

A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They enjoy freedom but need to be watched often as they are very curious. 

Golden conures enjoy a varied diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and grain. Feeding an equally diverse diet is best and will ensure your bird remains healthy. It should consist of fresh foods like fruits, nuts, berries, and vegetables, along with high-quality commercial pellets. This combination will ensure that pet conures receive adequate nutrition. 

Origin and History

Native to northeastern Brazil, golden conures are only found in a small area south of the Amazon River. Spotting wild golden conures is difficult—despite their color—they are not especially social and rarely form flocks. Their life in the wild is relatively unknown. It’s believed that they are nomadic, moving from the lowland humid forests to the tall trees of terra firma (lands that don’t flood), then to clearings during the breeding season.

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Aratinga
Species: guarouba

Highly intelligent and extremely sensitive. Very playful and enjoy climbing, swings and ropes. Very sociable and seldom fight. Golden Conures generally make excellent pets. They enjoy cuddling and are receptive to multiple people when socialized properly, so they do well with families. When tamed they are extremely gentle and can remain tame even in an aviary environment. Excellent flight ability and maneuverability.

Prone to feather plucking so healthy diet, environment and social development is essential. 

Require access to regular bathing. They really enjoy fresh baths. Can be loud, shrill voice. Ability to develop impressive vocabulary and even seem to speak in context at times. 


Breeding is communal with several females contributing to a nest where several adults will aid in the raising of the young. Up to 9 young in a nest in the wild and up to 14 in captivity have been recorded. Although sexual maturity can occur as early as 2 years of age, golden conure parrots may lay infertile clutches up to 6-8 years of age.
Breeding generally occurs in the warmer months but can lay fertile during any month of the year.

Clutches laid are usually 3 eggs (or 1-6 eggs) approximately 37.1 x 29.9 mm and average 14-15 grams. Incubation period is about 25-26 days to hatch and chicks hatch weight normally about 9 grams.
Male and female take turns in incubation. Only female broods, male guards the nest. Not fussy with aviary or nestbox design.


Distribution:         Listed as endangered species since 1975, their small population contributes to the lack of sightings. International Union for Conservation of Nature report estimated their population to be between 6,600 to 13,400 birds in 2016. This realization has not quelled fears of the bird’s endangered status, though. Projections show population will continue to decline due to habitat destruction and illegal trapping, including taking babies from the nest. Captive breeding programs are a big focus for this species and take a priority over selling them as pets for many breeders.