ORDER: Psittaciformes (parrots)
About 1 foot in length
Guianas, northeastern Brazil, and southeastern Venezuela
Open forests, savanna, and palm groves
Wild - Fruits, berries, seeds, nuts, and blossoms
Zoo - Fruits, parrot mix (seeds)
Small parrot of exceptional beauty; plunge is mainly yellow and orange with green and blue accenting the wings.
- 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.
- 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
CITES App. II; heavily collected for pet trade
"Parrots of the World", Improved 1978 edition, Joseph M. Forshaw
"World of Wildlife: Animals of South America", Orbis Publishing