Conure (Sun)

Aratinga solstitalis

IUCN Red List status: Endangered

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Endangered

Factfile

Where they live

North eastern Brazil and Guyana

Habitat

Dry semi-deciduous forest

Size

30 cm

Weight

120 - 240 g

Lifespan

30 - 35 years

Threats

Habitat loss, captured for the pet trade

Did you know...

  • Also known as the ‘sun parakeet’ They use cavities in palm trees as nesting sites, but the details of its breeding behaviour in the wild are still unknown. They are very family oriented, and will often assist other parents with raising their young and take social baths together.

More about conures...

Sun conures are known to feed on seeds, fruits, nuts berries and sometimes blossoms. Flocks of sun conures will follow the wave of ripening fruit and can become bothersome in agricultural areas. They like to sleep in tree hollows, sometimes communally. They are often seen in large flock and are very vocal. Their call is a shrill screech that is repeated a number of times in rapid succession.

Sun conures form monogamous relationships for mating. A clutch normally consists of around 4 to 5 eggs, and they hatch after an incubation period of 23-27 days. Chicks hatch blind and naked, and only open their eyes after 10 days. Both parents take responsibility for feeding the chicks who are dependent for the first 7-8weeks of life.

Juveniles are a muted green colour with splashes of yellow, but this gradually changes into the predominantly yellow-orange colouration as the bird matures. The juvenile plumage is replaced by adult plumage with the first moult at around six to eight months of age. The sun conure is monomorphic; meaning that males and females look the same.

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