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12:15 p.m. 2012-04-09

how long do peachfronted conures live?

The short answer is, I don't know if anyone knows for sure. The long answer is, I have seen estimates at anything from 15 to 20 years (from the apparently now-defunct Estate Planning for Pets Foundation) and as high as 30 years (from various bird keepers/breeders who appear to be guessing just based on how long a parrot of a similar size has lived).

And, with parrots, there's a twist: If there's one record of one individual of a species who lived to a certain extraordinary age, no one assumes that the individual is an outlier. Nope. They all assume that they'll get the same result, which creates tremendous guilt when the average individual turns out to be, well, average.

Now, at the time of writing, I hold four Peachfront Conures that I know for a certainty must be older than age 25, because I hatched three of them in my home hobby breeding experiment and I purchased the other in the 1980s. So, I think 25 is a reasonable, attainable life-span for an individual who hasn't had an accident or a serious illness. How much longer than age 25? I can't say for sure. I would love to hear from people who have Peachfronts as old or older than my birds. So far, I haven't ever met any. I will say that they're starting to show some minor signs of age, most noticeably that there's a bit of an "old man's tremor" in Sheldon's voice and now maybe sometimes in Courtney's voice as well.

I tell people that if they're looking to buy a Peachfront (or any Conure), plan like you're going to have the bird for 30 years. However, if you provide good care, don't kick yourself if the bird passes away at, say, age 18. There's great variation in how long "old age" lasts for humans. The average life expectancy might be 80 or what-have-you, but we all understand that plenty of folks do everything right and still move on to the next world much younger. And some people are still around to blow out the candles on their 100th birthday cake. Why can't the same thing be true of the Peachfronts or any other parrot for that matter?

If you have an older Peachfront, please, leave a comment, tweet me, something...just get in touch. I would love to tell your story in this blog. Give your bird a page. And don't worry if you're not a great writer. You can tell me what you have to say, and I can edit with all the nice grammar and spelling. I'm not your English teacher, and I won't be all, oh, you spelled some word wrong. I just want to hear about your older Peachfronts.

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