Sun Conure

Sun Conure

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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