“Birds of the Golden Sunset”
Sun Conures are one of the most common birds taken into homes around the world. Like any bird, the Sun Conure is a bit of a prima donna. They’re not pets, they’re companions.
Sun Conures are extremely curious so owners will need to be diligent and make sure they have a safe environment. Additionally, they are not the bird for the owner that doesn’t have much time for interaction.
A Sun Conure wants to develop a bond with their owner which means you will need to spend time with them every day. If you cannot spend time with your Conure, they can become unhappy which will lead to behavior problems like biting and screaming
Sun Conures are also extremely vocal or to be more blunt – they’re loud.If you live in an apartment or do not think you can handle their greetings and expressions of joy, you may want to look at a different bird.
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Physical characteristics. Sun Conures were named because their plumage resembles the colors of the sun during a tropical sunset. They’re absolutely gorgeous and one of the most colorful birds on the planet. When they’re born they are mostly green, however as they mature their feathers begin to take on the colors of the sunset including red, orange, yellow, blue, and green.
They grow to about 12 inches from head to tail and live an average of 25 to 30 years. This lifespan means it is important to do your research before you buy your Conure and bring it into your home.
Sun Conures bond with their owners and it can be very traumatic if they are forced to move from home to home. If difficulties do begin, they generally occur when your Conure heads into adolescence, around 1-3 years of age. If you take time to socialize, train, and bond with your Conure, you will eliminate the majority of problems that can arise during this time.
Conures originated in South America and come in two subspecies the Aratinga and Pyrrhura. The Sun Conure is of the Aratinga line along with the Jenday Conure and the Cherry Headed Conure.
While they were originally imported from South America during the early 1800s, they are easily bred in captivity and the birds you find at the pet store or aviary have most likely been bred in captivity and not captured and imported from South America.
If you’re new to bird ownership, take the time to research the Sun Conure. Visit an adult and listen to the natural sounds they make. Talk with an owner, talk with an avian veterinarian and educate yourself on the needs of Sun Conures before you bring one home.
Make sure you have time in your day to spend with your bird, training and interacting. Make sure you have room for a cage or two in your home, time to ensure a proper diet, and the time and information to devote to their training.
Training is an important part of building a bond between you and your bird, helping them to learn the rules of the home, and making sure behavior problems do not occur. For further information on training sign up for our free e-mail course. The lovely and affectionate Sun Conure is an excellent bird and a wonderful family addition for the right home.