Sun Conure
Aratinga solstitialis

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes (parrots)
FAMILY: Psittacidae

SIZE:
About 1 foot in length

RANGE:
Guianas, northeastern Brazil, and southeastern Venezuela

HABITAT:
Open forests, savanna, and palm groves

DIET:
Wild - Fruits, berries, seeds, nuts, and blossoms
Zoo - Fruits, parrot mix (seeds)

DESCRIPTION:
Small parrot of exceptional beauty; plunge is mainly yellow and orange with green and blue accenting the wings.

FACTS:

  • Generally travel in small flocks. When a favorite fruit tree is ripening, huge nembers of noisy conures will congregate to feast.
  • Swift and direct flight
  • Noisy birds; make a shrill, disyllabic (two syllable) screech repeated a number of times in rapid succession.

YOUNG:

  • During breeding season, beginning in February or March, the flock breaks up into pairs. Sun conures evacuate holes in the trunks of trees or take advantage of abandoned woodpecker nests.
  • 2-3 unmarked white eggs are laid; incubation period of about 25 days.
  • Breed fairly easily in captivity

STATUS:
CITES App. II; heavily collected for pet trade

REFERENCES:
"Parrots of the World", Improved 1978 edition, Joseph M. Forshaw
"World of Wildlife: Animals of South America", Orbis Publishing