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Sun Cheek Pyrrhura Conure - beautiful mutation color developed by Steve Garvin!

The Suncheek is a visual American Dilute/Yellow-Sided Conure/cinnamon.
It has ruby eyes, white beak, white feet, orange and golden yellow breast,
pastel crown, pastel lime back, platinum-blue flight feathers, and a surprisingly
bright orange-red tail feathers
that burst out of the yellow body!

click to see our gorgeous new color mutation, the American Dilute

Green-Cheeked Conure mutation colors visual prediction tables


These birds are NOT hybrids! These are mutation colors-
just like the different colors in poodles.

Suncheek on left; normal Green-Cheeked Conure on right

Red-Faced Suncheek!

Red-Faced Suncheek on left; Red-Faced Pineapple on right


Suncheek (bird at bottom)






Suncheek on left;
normal Green-Cheeked Conure on right

Suncheek on left;
normal Green-Cheeked Conure on right


I've been breeding Green Cheek Conures for 32 years now. I have 32 generations of them. I chose these birds to specialize in for they do make excellent pets and that lets so many of us that would never be exposed to anything other than a dog or cat do so. Green cheeks are great; they let you interact with a exotic that adapts well and easily fits in to a pet life style . They are very playful as well as social and are not distructive and not loud.

When I started breeding the Yellow side Green Cheek, I loved it but wondered if other colors were possible. At the time there existed the normal ( wild phase) ,the Yellow side ( wild phase), and the Cinnamon (produced in captivity). No one was mixing them, so why not me? I bought the Cinnamons - then called Fallows from Davis Kauffmann and started. My goal was a lutino bird. Instead I produced the Pineapple, a name I came up with to describe and promote the beauty of this bird. Over the years the people into genetics have given it three different names. I heard it called a Fallow /Yellow side, then it was a
Cinnamon /Yellow side, and now a Cinnamon /Opaline.

A name. So far the best name I've come up with is a Sun Cheek. White beak , ruby eyes, a bright yellow breast, a red tail that just pops out of the yellow, and a light lime back. The bird is genetically a Yellow Sided, Cinnamon, American Dilute Green Cheek Conure, which no one that's not in to genetics will ever ask for and is therefore a very unpopular name. So why not a
Suncheek?! It's 100% Green cheek conure. Please see the Penn and Teller video about names: Or would you like some roasted dough covered in tomato sauce with some cheese, maybe some pepperoni on top? Or you could just order a pizza. There are reasons tthat we give common names to birds and other things.

Another new mutation coloration is the dark beaked
American Dilute/ Yellow sided, a beautiful bird with extensive bright reds and yellows.

Our newest color, the Moon Cheek!


photos by Steve Garvin
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