6 Green Cheek Conure Mutations

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Q: What are the common green cheek conure mutations? I ask because I have a green cheek conure who has yellow feathers on his chest, with green wings, and a red tail, but he also has some red/pink on his chest. I looked up green cheek conure mutation pictures online, but I couldn't find any exact matching mutations in my search.

From your description, you have a yellow sided green cheek conure mutation. Other common green cheek conure mutations are normal green cheek conures, turquoise green cheek conures, cinnamon, pineapple, and ghost or pied green cheek conures. Normal green cheek conures have been bred since the 1980's for the US pet trade, with the ghost green cheek conure mutation being the newest.

1.) "Normal" green cheek conure mutation

Appearance: Normal green cheek conures have grey chest feathers, with green wing feathers, and a red tail. A normal green cheek mutation has no yellow on their chest, but unlike the yellow-sided green cheek, has grey feet instead of pink feet.

Normal Personality: The normal green cheek conure and the yellow-sided green cheek share the same personality traits. These birds are fun-loving, affectionate clowns that love to snuggle in your sleeves or pockets. Expect a fun personality from this mutation, with much dangling upside-down in the cage and bathing in the sink.

These birds are independent, unlike bigger parrots (such as cockatoos or macaws,) which need constant attention. Green cheeks adore attention from the whole family, but won't develop behavior problems from being left alone while you're at work. Normal green cheeks will be happy playing by themselves in the cage, or playing with you when you choose to take them out of the cage.

Pied Normal Green Cheeks: Pied green cheek conures are a slight variation from normal green cheek conures. Pied cheeks have a few yellow and red chest feathers, but not enough to be a fully fledged yellow sided green cheek. Pied conures don't cost a higher price (they shouldn't, anyways) and have the same personality as normal green cheeks. 

How to Breed: Normal green cheek conures are extremely easy to breed. A normal mutation results from breeding a DNA sexed male and DNA sexed female normal pair together, with no cross-breeding required.

Cost: At the time of this writing, expect to pay a private breeder a price between $175-200 for a normal mutation. Pet stores may charge a cost of 10% more - $200-225 for a normal green cheek conure.

2.) "Yellow-Sided" green cheek conure mutation

Appearance: Yellow-sided green cheek mutations have green wings tipped with blue, a red tail, and black/grey head feathers. Yellow sided mutations look exactly like normal green cheek conures, but with one difference: a chest full of bright yellow and red (not grey) feathers. In addition, yellow sided green cheek conures will have pink feet, unlike normal conures.

Yellow Sided Personality: Equal to the normal green cheek mutation, yellow sided green cheeks are independent and fun loving. These birds will snuggle with you, and care for you, closing their little eye as they drift off to sleep. After their nap, expect much clowning around as their fun personality traits come forth.

Don't feel guilty about leaving your green cheek parakeet alone for hours - these birds won't suffer behavior problems. The only behavior problems I've encountered with yellow sides is a bit of nippiness when they're babies - these are beaky/biting birds. Learning how to train them not to bite is good green cheek conure info to know before buying.

How to Breed: The yellow sided green cheek mutation is also easy to breed, with no cross-breeding between species required. All you need is a DNA sexed male and DNA sexed female yellow sided pair, a dark nesting box, and some of Barry White's greatest hits. Well, okay,  maybe you can skip that last part.

Cost: At the time of this writing, yellow sided green cheek conures cost 10% more than normal green cheek conures. While you'll pay a $175-200 price for a normal mutation, a yellow sided green cheek conure costs between $200-250 from a private breeder.

3.) "Cinnamon" green cheek conure mutation

Appearance: Cinnamon green cheek mutations have lighter green wing and lighter blue flight feathers than yellow-sided or normal mutations. In addition, cinnamon mutations have a tan/brown beak and head, instead of the black/grey beak and head feathers of previous mutations. Cinnamon green cheek conures have a bright yellow and red chest, red tail feathers, and light pink feet - much like yellow sided conures.

Cinnamon Personality: Cinnamon green cheek mutations have a much more independent personality than yellow sided or normal green cheek conures. Cinnamon green cheeks are more shy and cautious around strangers, and really only warm up and become affectionate once they get to know you.

Cinnamons are more apt to want to be left alone in their cages, rather than come out and play. But once these independent birds warm up to you, and they're in the right mood, they're just as playful as normal or yellow-sided mutations.

How to Breed: Again, cinnamon green cheek conures result from straight breeding of cinnamon males and females - no cross breeding required. They only require a nesting box, a healthy breeding diet, and lots of alone time to make cinnamon conure clutches of eggs.

Cost: At the time of this writing, cinnamon conures cost between $175-200 USD for sale.

4.) "Pineapple" green cheek conure mutation

Appearance: Pineapple green cheek mutations have a yellow and red chest color, wing color, head color,
and pink feet. Pineapple green cheeks appear totally rare and distinct from all other mutations, including cinnamons, yellow sided mutations, and normal green cheek conures. Pineapple green cheek conures are named for their distinct coloring of red and yellow feathers - making them look like a ripe pineapple.

Pineapple Personality: Because pineapple conures result from breeding cinnamon green cheek conures with yellow-sided green cheeks, these small parrots have the best of both personalities. These mutations are more fun loving than yellow sided green cheek conures, and won't tire of playing with you or by themselves. They are slightly cautious and shy, like cinnamon green cheek conures, but don't take long to warm up and become friendly.

How to Breed: Breeding pineapple conure mutations is trickier than breeding green cheek normal conures, cinnamon conures, or yellow sided conures. Pineapple conures rely on recessive DNA in a yellow sided/cinnamon green cheek conure pair. Breeders of pineapple conures have to look for specific, bright coloring in both the cinnamon and the yellow sided green cheek.

Without knowing what to look for, cross breeders might end up with a slightly more yellowy cinnamon green cheek, or a straight yellow sided green cheek. Breeding pineapple/pineapple pairs doesn't help much either. Recessive and dominant DNA in pineapple green cheeks means breeders might end up with mostly red chicks, or mostly yellow. Inexperienced breeders are better off buying a proven male/female pineapple green cheek pair - one that's been proven to hatch true pineapple conure babies.

Cost: At the time of this writing, the pineapple green cheek mutation is one of the rarest and most expensive mutations. If you find a pineapple conure for sale, Expect to pay a high price of $300-350 from a private breeder, and up to $400 USD at pet stores.

5.) "Turquoise" green cheek conure mutation

Appearance: blue green cheeks are the rarest genetic mutation, with a lovely muted sapphire wing hue. They additionally actually have a dull burgundy tail, off white base, and glowing blue-dull head and also beak.

As with the average genetic mutation, the turquoise green cheek has grey chest down, however along with sapphire stomach feathers. When all other mutations actually have feathers covering anything from each tint associated with the rainbow (blackish, light, azure, ruby, orange, green - every little thing still violet) turquoise green cheeks are named thus owing to their own dull blue feather coloration scheme.

Blue individuality: Blue green cheeks have by far the most stand-offish and also autonomous personalities of all green cheek conure mutations. Consider turquoise green cheek conures in the form of a feline, together with a ostendibly snobbish individuality and also huge amounts of dignity. Still, say for example a feline, the greenish blue mutation will turn affectionate occasionally and also happen to be the best friend. Expect plenty of snuggles out of this genetic mutation - and also then a nibble whenever they've been satisfied with the amount.

The right way to breed them: greenish blue green cheeks are straight-forward to breed, along with a breeder needing to pick out only show-caliber turquoise male/egg-producing green cheeks. Within this mutation, the brighter the bluish, the far better grade the babies might be.

Cost: right at the time of this writing, blue green cheek conures offered in US markets are fairly rare, making all of them extra expensive. This genetic mutation will cost upwards of $400 in price from a trusted, private breeder (i.e. not really a "bird mill.")

6.) "Muted" or "Ghost" green cheek conure mutation

Appearance: Muted green cheek conure mutations have a muted mint feather coloring all over their bodies - they are the most monochromatic green cheek conures, even moreso than turquoise green cheeks. Muted (or "ghost") green cheek conures have light blue head, chest, tail, stomach, and flight feathers. 

Muted Personality: Muted green cheeks have a very sweet personality - the most affectionate and gentle of all green cheek mutations. These birds can be shy or skittish at first, but once they get to know you, these are the most loving, affectionate birds of all the Pyrrhura molinae family. They are as affectionate and attached to their owners as any large Cockatoo, but without all the behavior problems and neurotic feather picking so common in large parrots. 

How to Breed: Muted green cheek conures are complicated breeders - not for first time breeders or as a hobby. Muted green cheeks are a cross between cinnamon green cheek and turquoise green cheek mutations. Only experienced breeders should try crossing cinnamon green cheeks with the turquoise mutation - otherwise strange personality traits, feather colors, and behavior problems can result.

Cost: Turquoise green cheek conure mutations cost $450 USD or more for sale from a private breeder.