Queen of Bavaria's Conure

(Formerly: Aratinga guarouba)

Now: Guaruba guarouba

Other common names:
Golden Conure, and as listed in the U.S. Endangered Species Act Golden Parakeet. Also referred to in aviculture as Goldens or Queens.

    There is very little written about these birds in the wild or in captivity. I will do my best to give you the information that I have found. I will also share with you my experiences with these magnificent birds after owning a pair since February 1994. I am by no means an authority on this subject and much of the information has been compiled from Parrots of The World by Joseph M. Forshaw, Parrots in Aviculture by Rosemary Low, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Office of Scientific Authority and Dave Followill of Followill Aviaries. The photograph of the young Queen of Bavaria's Conures was also supplied by Dave Followill.
    I have indicated on the background map the range of these birds in red. Their range is very small, contained to North-east Brazil, south of the Amazon, in eastern Pará and adjacent and northern Maranhão to the western side of Tapajos. Man is reducing the size of their range rapidly with the construction of roads (two major highways have recently been cut through their range), the Tucurui dam which flooded 888 sq. miles of land and human colonization.
    They are rarely seen in the wild and are extremely rare in aviculture. In the United States they require 50CFR captive bred endangered species permit. They were noted as becoming increasingly rare as far back as 1946.

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