Golden Parakeet

(Guaruba guarouba)


Golden Parakeet IUCN VULNERABLE (VU)


Facts about this animal

The Golden Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot, with a length of 34-36 cm. The tail is slightly shorter than the body length and graduated. The plumage is mainly rich yellow. The primaries, secondaries and the secondary wing coverts are dark green. The bill is large and horn-coloured and it has flesh pink legs. Immature birds have scattered green feathers on the upper wing coverts and cheeks and some birds have more extensive areas of green.

Did you know?
that the most obvious threat to the survival of the golden conure is deforestation? The construction of the Tucuruí dam, which was completed in 1984 displaced as many as 35,000 forest colonists from their homes into surrounding territories and led to rapid deforestation. Prior to the construction of the dam, the wildlife in the lower Tocantins basin was considered to be among the richest and most diversified in the world. It was estimated that 117 species of mammals and 294 species of birds were displaced, and that 120 amphibian and reptile species were also affected.


Class AVES
Name (Scientific) Guaruba guarouba
Name (English) Golden Parakeet
Name (French) Perruche dorée, Conure doré
Name (German) Goldsittich
Name (Spanish) Aratinga guarouba, Cotorra amarilla
Local names Brazil: Guaruba
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed



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Range Brazil
Habitat Tropical rainforest
Wild population 1,000-2,499 (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 213 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

Golden Parakeet


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 11C of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Why do zoos keep this animal

The golden conure is endangered in the wild. With a view of building up a self-sustaining reserve population, an International Studbook has been established under the WAZA umbrella, and a coordinated conservation breeding programmes is operated at the regional level by EAZA.