Cherry-headed conures are fun-loving, intelligent birds that thrive on interaction and activity. They can be delightful and entertaining pet birds if you interact with them. Cherry-headed conures are loud and owners of these pet birds say that they enjoy being the center of attention. Without frequent interaction, they can become independent and nippy. A feral group of this species was the subject of the book “Parrots of Telegraph Hill” by Mark Bittner, which inspired a documentary of the same name.
This species is full of energy and spunk — prospective pet bird owners should be willing to spend 2 to 4 hours per day interacting with this conure to keep it healthy and happy. Because of its loud, shrill call, it is best kept in a home instead of an apartment. Cherry-headed conures are strong birds and similarly require durable pet bird cages and plenty of chewing and playing opportunities.