Scientific Name: Aratinga solstitialis
Sun conures have the ability to talk, however they do not make sounds like the human voice. Instead, these birds like to copy amusing sounds such as the beeps of a microwave or rings of a telephone. The sun conure is a very attention-seeking bird. As a pet, this bird will squawk for long periods of time to make sure the human doesn’t forget about it. This bird craves human attention, and as long as a person isn’t a complete stranger, this bird will make for a good friend.
STATUS: The sun conure is listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
HABITAT: This birds lives in the tropical canopies spanning from Central America down to central and northeastern South America.
DIET: In the wild, these birds are known to feast on fruit, berries, nuts, and flowers. In captivity, these birds are also known to eat whatever a human may eat, including meats, grains, vegetables, etc.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The sun parakeet, part of the small to medium sized, long-tailed conures endemic to South America, is about 12 inches long and weighs only about 4 ounces. The neck, top of the head, upper chest, and bases of the wings are colored a bright yellow, with orange coloring on the breast and red coloring around the eyes. The wings and the lower chest of this bird range from yellowish-green to dark green in color. Juveniles of this species display a predominantly dull green plumage (there bright, beautiful colors of yellow, orange, and red do not appear until they hit maturity.
Matching their flamboyant exterior, the sun conure is a bird that makes sure people know it is around. The sun conure likes to have a good time and needs constant amusement and attention to be happy. In the wild, this social bird lives in groups of about 30 individuals, usually heard screeching and playing as they fly around one another. As a pet, these birds are constantly seeking attention. In the home, they need amusing toys or entertainment when no humans are around; this may include leaving their favorite TV show on or just putting fun toys such as ladders, ropes, and even cups in their cage. These birds are extremely smart, and even though they do not have a vocabulary like humans, they do get their point across (a point typically meaning “pay attention to me”). These birds are extremely fun-loving birds who love to vocalize their need for attention and love to vocalize their disapproval of solitude. Sun conures are just as colorful on the inside as they are on the outside, making them a lot of screeching fun.