Sun Conure

Aratinga solstitialis

by Sally Blanchard

» Also called the Sun parakeet
» Endemic to northeastern South America
» About 12” in length and 110 grams
» Considered endangered due to habitat and capture for the pet trade.
» The Aratinga solstitialis complex includes three additional species from Brazil: Jandaya Parakeet, Golden-capped Parakeet, and Sulphur-breasted Parakeet
» One of the most popular conure companions

These are breathtakingly beautiful conures. The youngsters become increasingly colorful as they mature. Hand-fed babies may learn to say a few words, although these conures don’t have the reputation as good talkers. They are playful, energetic, and fun loving. These conures all love to play on a flat surface and rolling over on their backs. The can easily taught to do somersaults and other acrobatic tricks.

As with many conures, the Sun conure has a reputation for being noisy with high-pitched voices. This is not always true since I have known birds of these species who are delightfully quiet. In my experience, the hens are quieter than the males but I am not sure that this is consistently true. 

Sun conures love to hang out with their human family and particularly like to hang inside a person’s shirt front with their head popped out. They should be handled by everyone in the family to prevent them from being one-person bird

As beautiful as they are, caregivers need to set rules and provide guidance because these conures can be quite territorial, especially in regards to a perceived mate. I have had a few people with Sun conures ask me how to keep them from flying at visitors and attacking their faces. There are two simple answers; clip their wings and/or keep them in their cages when people come over. However, it is possible to work with these conures to provide enough guidance to change this behavior. One of the best things to do is to leave the conure in the cage and take the guest to a neutral room where the bird has not established a perceived territory. Once the visitor is comfortable, bring the bird into the neutral room and introduce them. This removes a great deal of the bird’s need to defend his territory.




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