Peach-fronted Conure (Aratinga aurea)

Date Published: July 2012

Assessment Summary

Note: The Species Profile for the Peach-fronted conure (Aratinga aurea) has been prepared by a consultant on behalf of local bird breeders. The accompanying risk assessment has been undertaken by the Department.

The species is native to eastern Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, far northern Argentina and southern Suriname.

There is no record of the species ever establishing feral populations outside of its natural range. It has had little impact on human agricultural activities in its natural range apart from some incursions into rice and maize fields as an opportunist species. There are no recorded incidences of organised control method being instigated against the Peach-fronted conure.

It has a rare status in aviculture in Australia and has never established escapee populations in Australia or anywhere else in the world.

The Peach-fronted conure is not globally threatened and is listed as least concern by the IUCN. The species has an extremely large range and the population trend appears to be stable. The Peach-fronted conure is listed on Appendix II to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna and export and import of this species is therefore subject to regulation under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Given the low score in Climatch ( <1), its extremely low numbers in captivity and complete lack of any new blood since live imports were prohibited it is unlikely that wild populations could be reasonably expected to establish in the Tasmanian bush. To this end it was rated as a Domestic Species by Wildlife Queensland.

The species will/may be a new import into Tasmania and as such there are none of these parrots currently in Tasmania as far as we are aware. The benefits are that, as an extremely difficult species to keep and breed, it will allow selected breeders here the opportunity to gain further expertise in the captive husbandry of another endangered captive species.

This risk assessment concludes that the species is not dangerous to humans, has a low likelihood of establishment in Tasmania. However, the species was found to have moderate consequences if the species established in Tasmania. The species was therefore found to pose a moderate risk to Tasmania and may only be imported and/or kept by those approved to hold moderate threat species.

Assessment Documentation

Risk Assessment

Peach-fronted Conure (Aratinga aurea) Risk Assessment (146 KB)

Species Profile

Peach-fronted Conure (Aratinga aurea) Species Profile (160 KB)

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