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Sun Conure

Family: Psittacidae Sun Conure Picture "Oscar" "Oscar"Aratinga solstitialisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Becca Edmonds
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Last August a Sun Conure just appeared on a perch in our front yard. We live in Idaho, so this is very unusual. My husband approached the perch, talked to the... (more)  Shelie

   When the Sun Conure is fully mature and has all its coloring it is gorgeous, but even juveniles are extremely pretty!

"Widget" a Sun ConureWidget Photo Courtesy: David Brough

  "Widget" is an exceptional Sun Conure. He loves to do tricks with his owner and is very playful and affectionate.

   Sometimes "Widget" sleeps, or plays "dead bird" in his owners hand. He loves to hang out and he is free to fly about, but when he's ready for a break he always goes back to his cage. "Widget" is fun to be with, fun to play with and fun to look at!

For more information about the care of Conures see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Conure


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Aratinga
  • Species: solstitialis

Scientific Name: Aratinga solstitialis

Distribution:
   These birds are native to Guianas to northwestern Brazil.

Description:
   The Sun Conure, a small member of the parrot family, is one of the most colorful of the conures. Their nice personalities and their gorgeous coloring make them a favorite pet. There are a variety of conures, and most make excellent pets. They vary in coloring and size, the Nanday Conure, for example, is a larger conure with a black head and green body. For a smaller bird and a great pet, a conure is a great choice.

Size - Weight:
   These birds get up to 12" (30 cm).

Care and feeding:
   A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of sprouts, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.

   See About Conures: Housing and About Conures: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:
   They live in pairs or small groups of 10 to 20 birds. They love to play, and can be fairly destructive if not watched. They can also be rather noisy. Despite all this, they make a real fun pet and are very popular.

Activities:  Loves to climb and play. Provide lots of toys.

"Thorn" a Sun Conure
Thorn Photo Courtesy: Kristy
"Thorn" is a real good example of color variations that conures can have within one species. He is very yellow, and this is after his very first full molt! ...Kristy

Breeding/Reproduction:
   They breed readily if they have the right size aviary. The hen lays four eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. The young fledge (leave the nest) after about 8 weeks. The nest box size should be 12" x 12" x 12".

Potential Problems:    As with most Aratinga species, this bird can be noisy.
   See About Conures: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:
  This bird is generally available. They can usually be found at pet stores and reputable breeders.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Sun Conure


Shelie - 2012-04-27
Last August a Sun Conure just appeared on a perch in our front yard. We live in Idaho, so this is very unusual. My husband approached the perch, talked to the bird and he came right to him, up his arm onto his shoulder. We live in a pretty small town and we let everyone we could think of know that we had this bird. We still have not received any response. However, in the meantime, we have totally fallen in love with the bird. His name is Buster but we wonder if his name s/b Bronco. As he says 'Bronco' all of the time. At first he loved us both, but in the past 3 months, he has decided I am ok if my husband is not home, but if my husband IS home he wants to attack me. We took him and had his wings clipped so that he could no longer fly to me and attack me. It has not calmed his attitude, but at least he can't get to me. I love this crazy little bird and I take care of it most of the time, feeding, cleaning up after, providing lots of treats, but I am not the chosen one at this time. I hope this gets better, but if not, I will just accept it as it is. We think someone may have released him and we have no idea how old he is. All I can say is he is loved and we are happy to make room in our life for him. Oh, and we are taking him on his first camping trip this weekend. We have a large 5th wheel and an extra cage. Wish us luck.

  • Patricia - 2016-04-08
    Did the bird warm up to you again? This has just started happening with our Sun conure Mango. 5 days ago he didn't eat good and was acting funny, the next day he was fussy with me and squalking when he saw me but would still step up on my finger. Then the next day only wanted my husband and nipped at me if I tried to come near him. Yesterday he flew to me to bite and scratch me hard! First time that's ever happened. So I've been reading everything. Just want to know if this is how it's going to be from now on.
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Heet - 2016-03-09
I want to buy it india gujarat

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Lisa - 2015-07-08
I have Five Sun Conures. I started off with two and they had three eggs which all hatched and the babies are about 1 year old. Now they have laid another two eggs and I am worried, becuase that is enough birds for me. Does anyone want sun counures? or how i can stop them from breeding?

  • Emily - 2015-07-26
    Hi how much are u saleing them for...i would get some fake eggs and put them in there..
  • Amy Clark Carey - 2015-07-28
    Where are you located?  I have a jenday and 6 lovebirds, would love another.

     
  • Noah - 2015-10-28
    Where are you located? I would love to have a sun conure but I have yet to convince my parents to let me get a parrot. How much are you selling them for?
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Lydia - 2015-10-01
I got two sun Concures to breed and I'm happy to say that they had two eggs the first time and three the next time. They've hatched and are ready for their homes. One is very rare and instead of the normal sun orange color she is all white (but not albino) with pretty blue eyes

  • Keith Randall - 2015-10-04
    How much for couple. edward 514-637-7762
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Heet - 2016-03-09
I want to buy it india gujarat

Reply
Lisa - 2015-07-08
I have Five Sun Conures. I started off with two and they had three eggs which all hatched and the babies are about 1 year old. Now they have laid another two eggs and I am worried, becuase that is enough birds for me. Does anyone want sun counures? or how i can stop them from breeding?

  • Emily - 2015-07-26
    Hi how much are u saleing them for...i would get some fake eggs and put them in there..
  • Amy Clark Carey - 2015-07-28
    Where are you located?  I have a jenday and 6 lovebirds, would love another.

     
  • Noah - 2015-10-28
    Where are you located? I would love to have a sun conure but I have yet to convince my parents to let me get a parrot. How much are you selling them for?
Reply
Lydia - 2015-10-01
I got two sun Concures to breed and I'm happy to say that they had two eggs the first time and three the next time. They've hatched and are ready for their homes. One is very rare and instead of the normal sun orange color she is all white (but not albino) with pretty blue eyes

  • Keith Randall - 2015-10-04
    How much for couple. edward 514-637-7762
Reply