How Long is the Green Cheek Conure Lifespan?
Green cheek owners might be wondering about the green cheek conure lifespan. It's a scary thing to think about - old age and death in our conures, who are like our children, especially when we don't know how to find out their age were when we got them.
There are a few common theories on how long green cheek conures' lifespan in captivity is, but most avian experts think their average lifespan is 10-25 years.
10 Year Lifespan
I have heard, through my internet searching, that 10 years is the minimum lifespan of a green cheek conure in captivity who has been treated with neglect. Yet another reason not to neglect your green cheek conure, as if there were enough already. Neglect isn't just hitting, though. Neglect can mean a poor diet of mainly seeds, with no fruits, veggies, and calcium supplements.
15 Year Lifespan
This medium lifespan seems the average age of conures in death. Captive conures, when treated moderately well and without neglect, will live to be an average of 15 years old.
25 Year Lifespan
This is the maximum lifespan reported to me by many green cheek conure owner friends. However, not many birds have lived this long in captivity, since widespread importation of green cheeks began only 20 years ago. 25 seems to be the maximum age, however, with immaculate care.
Male Versus Female Conure Lifespan
Male green cheek conures generally live longer than female conures. This makes sense, thinking about it. Female green cheek conures go through stronger hormonal changes. Going through hormonal changes takes a toll on a female green cheek conure's body, shortening her lifespan significantly.
Female green cheek conures risk becoming attached to their owners and laying eggs. Laying eggs appears natural - after all, green cheek conures naturally do it in the wild. However, egg laying takes a toll on bird health and lifespan. Egg laying depletes calcium and nutrients in female green cheeks. Egg laying females also risk egg binding, besides calcium and nutrient depletion, and death when laying eggs.
If you'd like to increase life and also keep your own green cheek egg-producing and healthy, tend not to allow her to start reproducing. In spite of this, female green cheeks live around 15-20 years, compared to a 20-25 year life-span for male green cheek conures.
Green Cheek Conure Life-time Varies By Mutation
All green cheek conure variations live the same amount of time. For example, a pinapple conure life-time isn't really longer as compared to a yellowed sided green cheek conure's life, or even a common green cheek mutation's existence expectancy.
Some owners report that the cinnamon green cheek conures live less time, due to a uncommon respiratory illness that has an affect on only cinnamon green cheeks. Otherwise, pineapple, yellowish sided, normal, and turquoise conures all reach the age of equal amount of years old within captivity.
Conures living to be 50+ years old
My own breeder informed me that green cheek conures reach the age of 50+ years aged with suitable care and attention and also diet regime. I guess he was merely full of it, notwithstanding, and also wanted me to buy a bird. If you want your green cheek conure to live longer, just give him ample space, varied diet of veggies, attention, and socialization, and he'll live to his maximum lifespan of 25 years old.
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