The sun conure known in aviculture/captivity as the sun parakeet is a medium-sized parrot found in northeastern South America. You cannot differentiate a male from a female because they are similar in appearance. They are social birds and live in flocks. Sun conures are monogamous, they nest in tree cavities in tropical areas. They feed on flowers, fruits, berries, seeds, nuts and insects. These birds are common in aviculture with a lifespan of up to 30 years. A parakeet weighs about 110g and 30cm long. An adult have rich yellow crown, the belly and face are orange, its tail is olive-green with blue tip, flight feathers are dark grey, black bill, eye rings are grey, legs are also grey and red around its ears. The plumage of this bird can be easily identify with the sulphur-breasted parakeet and the jandaya parakeet.
A juvenile is predominantly green because the distinctive yellow, reddish and orange colouration on the head and back is attain when matured. You can find these parakeets in the Brazilian state of Roraima, southern Suriname, southern French Guiana, and southern Guyana. In captivity, these parrots use their feet to hold and eat food. These birds are extremely smart, curious and intelligent, so they require constant social interaction to keep them active and happy. Unlike other parakeets, sun conures have the ability to learn new tricks and sounds. Hand-reared sun conures are very friendly, sociable, playful, cuddly and demand a lot of attention from their owners. Their attractive coloration makes coloration makes them perfect pet birds.