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Apollo the Sun Conure Parrot

Photo by Jon Perry

Experience level: Moderate to Advanced
Lifespan: approximately 25 to 30 years
Size: approximately 12 in length
Voice Volume: Loud
Price Range: $200 to $800
Parrot Talking Ability: Poor

The Sun Conure Parrot (also called the Sun Parakeet) is arguably the most beautifully colored parrot you will ever see. They are small in size but have huge personalities. The Sun Conure bird is about 12 inches long if you include the tail feathers and only weigh about 110 grams full grown. In spite of the small size, they are very loud, rowdy, and fun!

Conure Parrot Distribution

Conure Parrot Map by Google

Distribution in the wild

Sun Conures are new world birds living in the north east region of South American. In the wild they have been seen living in flocks of 5-40 birds and are very social. Unfortunately, their wild numbers are dwindling because of loss of habitat, hunting for plumage, and the pet trade. There is no reason to ever buy a Sun Conure that is wild caught, captive birds can be easily bred and purchased at a very reasonable price.

Personality

These little Conure Parrots can be very curious, active, and playful. They are wonderful climbers and even love to hang upside down from perches and cage ceilings to get their owners attention. They can be very loving and even cuddly to people they trust but are sometimes extremely aggressive to strangers, especially during puberty which starts at about 2 years of age.  The aggression can continue for years if they are not carefully handled by a wide variety of people to keep them tame towards new folks.

These conures are very clever animals that have been trained to perform a large number of tricks (see videos below) and tend to do well performing for large audiences.

Voice Volume

These little guys really know how to make some noise. In the rain forest where they evolved, it is easy to get separated from the group. To find their way back to the flock, they squawk and scream in a high pitch voice that can easily carry for hundreds of yards through the thickest of forests. This means that if you live in an apartment, they will drive your neighbors crazy!

These birds have such a loud and shrill voice that they are often returned to the pet store place in bird sanctuaries by their owners who simply can’t stand the noise. Be warned, if you want a nice quite parrot, THIS IS NOT THE BIRD FOR YOU!

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photo: Michael Gwyther-Jones

Sun Conure Talking Ability

Sun Conure Parrots will sometimes try to mimic speech but they normally don’t do a very good job. Many pet owners report that their birds will imitate simple things like human laughter and some short words, but nothing clean and clear every seems to come out of their mouths.

Sun Conures and flight

Many people clip their birds wings for safety but this is not needed if precautions is taken. Sun Conures are small enough to easily fly through a house with out bumping into walls once they are confident fliers. When panicked they will fly into windows if they are not covered so it’s important to keep that in mind when your bird is out of his cage. Do not let a flighted bird explore the house unsupervised. Their are all sorts of dangers ranging from ceilings fans, open toilette bowls, and electrical chords for him to chew on.

Out Door Free Flight

Sun Conure Flying

Sun Conure Flying out doors

Sun conures are flock birds who hate to be separated from their friends. This makes them good candidates for out door free flight birds because they usually stay with their owners. Unfortunately, their small size and bright colors make them perfect targets for birds of prey. Free Flight should only be attempted after the bird has been properly trained and only by parrot owners who understand the risks. Read more about Free Flight out doors.

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Cool Sun Conure Videos

Leo the Sun Conure goes night night

This is a Sun Conure Screaming!

Leo the Sun Conure Parrot meets a Waterfall

Kiwi the Sun Conure takes a bath

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Aladdin the Sun Conure Parrot

This article was written by one of our website guests, if you have a quick article about your parrot and would like to have it put up on our site, send it to us along with a photo from our contact page

My name is Sam, and I am a Sun Conure Parrot owner, and my bird’s name is Aladdin. I bought Aladdin from a local exotic bird show about two years ago, and he was only three weeks old. Before Aladdin, I had some experience with birds. I actually bred and kept pigeons as a hobby years ago.

When I first got Aladdin, he was still a baby. I was feeding him his special formula four times a day for two months. It was a little hard for me, because I had a full time job as a staff engineer at a local company. I remember I had to use my lunch break everyday to come home and feed Aladdin, or swing by the house quickly if I were driving around until he was fully weaned.

Honestly, I have never owned a parrot before, and there is a huge difference between pigeons and parrots, so everything I had learned from pigeons was useless. In general, parrots, and especially Conures, have a strong, distinguished personality. Aladdin is like that. This little hundred gram creature has the personality of a five year old child. Since Aladdin grew up with me, I was the only person that he could trust. Aladdin is very attached to me, and that is why he screams at the top of his tiny lungs every time I leave him. He is actually so smart that he can recognize if my voice in the house, and once he hears it, then he starts screaming and screeching.

From my experience with Aladdin, I think parrots have a combination of different animal personalities, such as:

  • Horses: stubborn and intelligent.
  • Dogs:  human companionship, love to eat people food, territorial and protective.
  • Cats: self care, they wash and groom themselves.

Anyway, I think having a parrot as a pet is a big commitment. I suggest to do some research before you decide to own a parrot. Remember, if you want a pet that does not fly, get a puppy.

Sam

My name is Sam, and I am a Sun Conure Parrot owner, and my bird’s name is Aladdin. I bought Aladdin from a local exotic bird show about two years ago, and he was only three weeks old. Before Aladdin, I had some experience with birds. I actually bred and kept pigeons as a hobby years ago.

When I first got Aladdin, he was still a baby. I was feeding him his special formula four times a day for two months. It was a little hard for me, because I had a full time job as a staff engineer at a local company. I remember I had to use my lunch break everyday to come home and feed Aladdin, or swing by the house quickly if I were driving around until he was fully weaned.

Honestly, I have never owned a parrot before, and there is a huge difference between pigeons and parrots, so everything I had learned from pigeons was useless. In general, parrots, and especially Conures, have a strong, distinguished personality. Aladdin is like that. This little hundred gram creature has the personality of a five year old child. Since Aladdin grew up with me, I was the only person that he could trust. Aladdin is very attached to me, and that is why he screams at the top of his tiny lungs every time I leave him. He is actually so smart that he can recognize if my voice in the house, and once he hears it, then he starts screaming and screeching.

From my experience with Aladdin, I think parrots have a combination of different animal personalities, such as:

Horses: stubborn and intelligent.

Dogs: human companionship, love to eat people food, territorial and protective.

Cats: self care, they wash and groom themselves.

Anyway, I think having a parrot as a pet is a big commitment. I suggest to do some research before you decide to own a parrot. Remember, if you want a pet that does not fly, get a puppy.

Sam

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