The gold-capped conure (Aratinga auricapilla), belonging to the same genus where Jenday and Sun conures are also included, is a bright-colored bird with a buoyant nature. In the wild, their number is decreasing, but in the aviaries, they seem to have a good population because of breeding. Although due to their agile behavior, you have to be vigilant anyway, it is always safe to be extra careful when you have kids at home.
Any bird cage is suitable when it is spacious, but the size comes when you live in an apartment and doesn’t usually have endless space. Such apartment dwellers can go for a minimum cage size of 24 x 24 x 36 inches. Needless to say, the bigger, the better.
For aviaries, where you think nest box is essential, place a deep box with a size of 41 x 9x 6.3 inches.
Temperament & personality
The social bird is always entertainment for the owner due to the former’s social and friendly behaviors. Swinging, chewing, and climbing are favorite activities of a gold-capped conure. Once you pet one, it will always be up for some quality time with you either by sitting on your shoulder or snuggling inside your pocket while resting in your drawing room or watching television. When it is exposed to constant communication, it learns words and repeats them. Endless energy is another thing that makes the bird always super active and when you want to keep it content on its own, provide some chewable toys.
A Pellet and seed mix diet with frequent inclusion of veggies and fruits is recommended for the bird. The seed has high-fat content, so give them in a proper amount. Carbohydrate enriched foods could also be given. Like any other parrot, this conure is also not allowed to have avocado and chocolate.
Caring for your conure includes spending time with it for mental enrichment, training it as this is the most easy-going bird and feeding it as required. As previously mentioned, the bird has tremendous chewing ability and might go on chewing something offered at your fingertips. Train it well so that it doesn’t hurt you while doing that. Also, there comes a stage where the oh-so-jovial bird becomes nippy and emits shrill voices and scream for your attention. You need to tone that tendency down through training.
Cleaning is another important aspect to indulge in, and make sure you clean the cage, bird bowls in a proper way.