Sun Conure

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Common Name: Sun Conure
Scientific Name: Aratinga solstitialis

Size: 12 inches (30 cm)

Habitat: South America; restricted to central Guyana and Roraima state, Brazil, and may previously have occurred in Surinam. Found in the canopy of forests.

Status: Endangered in the wild. Global Population: 1,000-2,499 mature individuals in the wild.

Due to high demand in the pet trade this once common species has declined dramatically during the last twenty years. It has been heavily exported from Guyana during this time, leading its virtual extirpation from that country. Trappers from Guyana and French Guiana have since traveled over the border to Brazil to buy birds for export. An annual export quota of 600 birds was set by Guyana in the 1980s and it is thought that more than 2,200 were imported into the United States between 1981 and 1985. Trade is ongoing, and due to the ease with which birds can be attracted to bait (e.g. corn) and the large distances they will travel it is easy to trap all the individuals in an area

Diet: Seed, flowers, fruit, vegetables and occasionally insects. Cabbage, avocado, iceberg lettuce and parsley can harm conures.

Breeding: Occurs in the spring and winter, although spring breeding is more common. The incubation period is 23 days and is usually a clutch of four to five.

Cool Facts: The Sun Conure, once known as the “Sun Parakeet” can live 25 to 30 years.

It is very gregarious and can be quite loud domestically if it feels it isn’t getting the proper amount of attention. It needs almost constant stimulation during it’s waking hours such as interaction with other birds, humans or toys. As with most parrots, it is a voracious wood chewer.

The Sun Conure can learn to “talk” and can acquire a moderate vocabulary for a parrot. Although many believe parrots only mimic what they hear, Parrots do associate those mimicked words with an action or situation.

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