Date Published: July 2012
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
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
Peach-fronted Conure (Aratinga aurea) Risk Assessment (146 KB)
Peach-fronted Conure (Aratinga aurea) Species Profile (160 KB)