The Sun Conure Parrot
An active and colorful friend
The Sun Conure parrot is probably the most popular Aratinga conure kept as a pet.
Sun Conures are strikingly beautiful with a personality to match. Their beauty and playfullness make the Sun Conure a much loved pet.
It is said that the Sun Conure parrot got its name because in the sky a large flock of Sun Conures resembles a sunset.
Sun Conures are active, playful, and very social. If you do not have enough time to spend with a Sun Conure, you might want to find another pet bird. Because Sun Conures are so social, they need a lot of attention. Match this with their loud screams, and you might just regret picking this companion.
Sun Conure parrots aren’t very good talkers, but they can be very good at imitating sounds and performing tricks.
They are also very active, so a large cage and a lot of toys is a must for these playful little birds. They love toys that are easy to chew and toys that make noise. They also love to climb, hang, and swing.
It is also important to note that Sun Conures can be very nippy and aggressive, especially near puberty, so they are better pets for experienced bird owners.
If you are an experienced bird owner with a good amount of time to spend with your pet bird and a high threshold for noise, then a Sun Conure parrot might be the right pet bird for you.
|Name||Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)|
|Origin||Northeastern South America|
|Color Differences||Younger Sun Conures are mostly green while older Sun Conures are mostly yellow.|
|Living Arrangements||Sun Conures are too loud for apartment living, so they are best kept in a house.|
|Qualities||Loud, playful, active, spunky, feisty, intelligent, rowdy, fun, curious, comical, acrobatic, enjoy head scratches, can have quite an attitude, love toys, love attention, can be cuddly, can be nippy, can be excellent “watch dogs”, tend to be one-person birds (unless they are well-socialized), some like to bob their heads.|
|Abilities||Good – Have the ability to talk, but aren’t great talkers, trainable and can be very good at tricks|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||Sun Conures are very social, so they require a lot of attention and can resort to screaming if they don’t get the attention they seek.|
|Diet||They need a diet for large birds.|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for large birds. Sun Conures love toys that are easy to chew up and toys that make noise–bells, especially.|
|Sun Conure Videos|
|“Rudy in High Def!”|
Video by ztrawhcsSun Conure parrots really are a lot of fun. They love to play and many love to dance. This is a great video that shows how they can be such wonderful companions.
|“How Loud Is a Screaming Sun Conure?”|
Video by 3ponymousWe’re not kidding when we say that Sun Conure parrots are loud. This video will give you an idea about what you are getting into if you buy a Sun Conure.
|Sun Conure Parrot Training|
Sun Conures can be very nippy and aggressive at times, so it is important to train them correctly right from the beginning. They need to be taught clear boundaries so they will learn not to bite. Sun Conures can be fantastic companions. They are caring, loving, and they can become very attached. However, if not properly trained, they can become biters very quickly.For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Sun Conure. Whether your Sun Conure is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about parrots and how he can help you train yours.
Below is one of Chet’s videos that shows a Sun Conure stacking cups. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be. This video only shows one trick and is a good example of how tame Sun Conures can be when properly trained. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming and training your Sun Conure.
|Sun Conure Education|
- The Essential Sun Conure Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your Sun Conure
- Find The Best Sun Conure Cages
- Toys Your Sun Conure Will Love
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