Sun Conure

Sun Conure

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: sun conure
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Psittacidae
GENUS SPECIES: Aratinga (bright and macaw-like) solstitialis (sun)

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: Golden feathers with green on wing tips; lower beak tinged with red; young sun conures appear more olive green
SIZE: 30 cm (19.6 in.)
WEIGHT: 240 g (8.4 oz.)
DIET: Seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables
INCUBATION: Approximately 23 days
CLUTCH SIZE 4-5 eggs
SEXUAL MATURITY: Capable of breeding within 2 years, although early clutches may not be fertile
LIFE SPAN: 30-35 years
RANGE: Northeast part of South America (Brazil, Guyana, and Eastern Venezuela)
HABITAT: Savannas, forests, and palm groves
POPULATION: GLOBAL No data
STATUS: IUCN No data
CITES All Psittaciformes are listed as at least CITES II, although sun conure numbers appear to be stable
USFWS No data

FUN FACTS

1. Due to the small quantity of conures in the wild, little is known about this bird.
2. Though they are not known as a truly social bird, pairs and small groups may be seen feeding in the treetops together.
3. Conures have a tendency to spend long periods of time in their nest, even when not breeding.
4. They are playful birds and are said to be clown-like.
5. 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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Austin, G. 1961. Birds of the World. Golden Press, Inc., New York.

Forshaw, J.M. 1977. Parrots of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City.

Gotch, A.F. 1981. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. Blandford Books Ltd., UK.

Helmut, Sick. 1993. Birds of Brazil. Princeton University Press, New York.

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