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(bright and macaw-like)
Golden feathers with green on wing tips; lower beak tinged with red; young sun conures appear more olive green
30 cm (19.6 in.)
240 g (8.4 oz.)
Seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables
Approximately 23 days
Capable of breeding within 2 years, although early clutches may not be fertile
Northeast part of South America (Brazil, Guyana, and Eastern Venezuela)
Savannas, forests, and palm groves
All Psittaciformes are listed as at least CITES II, although sun conure numbers appear to be stable
Due to the small quantity of conures in the wild, little is known about this bird.
Though they are not known as a truly social bird, pairs and small groups may be seen feeding in the treetops together.
Conures have a tendency to spend long periods of time in their nest, even when not breeding.
They are playful birds and are said to be clown-like.
Because of their sharp screeching calls, they are often known as "little macaws".
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Though these birds are not endangered, these birds are often sought for pet trade. In some areas though, over-population is a concern.
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