The Sun Conure is a small parrot, though more like a Macaw in
its features. This little parrot is intelligent and capable of talking, even
performing tricks. They are known to be noisy and if that can be
accepted, then this little parrot with a big personality, can be an
affectionate addition to your family.
The Sun Conure is such a beautiful little parrot, that is even
sometimes mistaken for a parakeet, but when you look at their features, they
are most definitely a parrot. They love to be in groups of other birds,
because it is their nature to be social. Their beautiful coloring makes them
very much sought after and their ability to love their human companions adds
to their charm. They have abilities like other parrots to mimic and imitate
which is such a fun advantage to owning a parrot. They are considered rather
noisy, though, and they do have their boisterous times of the day. They can
be heard vocalizing most often in the first part of the morning as well as
the latter part of the day. They are very spirited and though they
can screech loudly when frightened, for the most part, they are an easy
parrot to own, because their maintenance requirements are low. They love to
perform and have never been accused of being shy. As do many parrot species,
they love a good bath. If a bathing dish is not accepted, they will use
their drinking water, if possible, to splash around in. A good spritzing
with a warm water bottled, on a weekly basis, is very much welcomed. These
beautiful Conures can live 30 years or more with proper care. Sun Conures
are intelligent birds and some can even be trained to go to the bathroom in
special areas when they are out of their cages. They are social birds that
will do their best to please their owners if they are well bonded with them.
Like most parrots the Sun Conure requires a lot of attention - they are
social birds that need interaction with their owners.
The Sun is a medium sized Conure, averaging about 4.5
ounces and 12 inches in length, with a slender build and
a large head and beak. The coloring of this little wonder is very striking. The plumage consist of a lot of yellow, though it is green in its under tail
coverts. The greater upper wing coverts are green, yet having yellowish
edges to them. The primaries too, are green, but with blue edges to them. The secondary feathers are also green and though the bottom side of the tail
feathers is black in hue, the upper side of the tail feathers is more an
olive green. There is an orange hue to the sides of their heads and
forehead, as well as to their abdomens and the lower part of their backs. The under tail coverts are green, but with definite yellowing also. Their
eyes are a rich dark brown, though the periophthalmic ring is white.
The bill is black and their feet are grey.
The Sun Conure can be found naturally in eastern South
America, mostly north of the Amazon River. Long ago, they could be found in
Northeast Brazil as well as Southeast Venezuela and Northern Amazon. Their
range also included Guyana, French Guiana and Surinam. However, because
these Conures have such striking beauty, they were bought and sold to Mexico
and the Caribbean and they became very abundant in these areas as well.