I often think working at PetSolutions is kind of like working at a zoo. Between the animals we sell and the pets brought in by co-workers for photo shoots or visits, I am exposed to many different types and breeds of animals that make great pets, even if I never considered some of them before. Because of this experience, I want share the different pets I get to see at our “zoo.”
The Sun Conure, Aratinga solstitialis solstitialis
We had Wilbur, a Sun Conure, join us in the office yesterday. This gorgeous little guy was put to work playing with toys, eating food, and nibbling on treats. He was extremely personable, and he loved having so much attention lavished on him from different people in the office. During Wilbur’s time with us, he was held, snuggled, petted, and kissed often! Not bad for a couple hours getting photographed!
Wilbur was definitely within the size range you would expect for a Sun Conure, about 12″ from his beak to his tail. Sun Conures are usually classified as “medium” size birds, just for reference. Wilbur was also a mature Sun Conure, since he displayed the rainbow of absolutely brilliant yellows, reds, oranges, greens, and blues throughout his body. Juvenile Sun Conures are not nearly as bright as adults, which is a defence mechanism they use in the wild. The colors that Wilbur displayed were definitely part of his attraction, as everyone was drawn to how beautiful he was. Wilbur must get told that he is a pretty boy quite often, as he barely batted an eye when given so many compliments!
Wilbur is a typical Sun Conure in his love for attention. He is usually found snuggled up in the neckline of the shirts his favorite people wear. While he liked sitting on our fingers, he was obviously much more comfortable when someone put him on a shoulder or snuggled him close. He was a loving little bird, which is typical of the Sun Conure personality. This trait helps Sun Conures train easily, as they thrive on their owners’ companionship.
Wilbur was not at all shy when it came to letting one of us know if he was not happy. He would simply let out his loud, shrill call. It was his way of telling us he wished to snuggle closer to the person holding him in between bird product shots! Wilbur’s loud, shrill call is typical of the Sun Conure. It is a tool Sun Conures use to alert you about an important situation.
Some other interesting facts about Sun Conures include:
- Sun Conures originate from South America, from Brazil to Venezuela
- Sun Conures have an average life span of 25 – 30 years
- Some Sun Conures have been known to become very good “watch dogs,” using their shrill, loud call like a dog uses barking.
- Sun Conures are active birds that need adequate time outside of their cages to fly, explore, and play.
- Sun Conures are classified as medium sized birds, but they are also considered to be small parrots.
If you are considering a Sun Conure as a pet, please make sure you have time to devote to these lovely birds. While they are colorful and interesting to look at, they are also very intelligent and require companionship to thrive. They are naturally playful and affectionate, and they need someone to be playful and affectionate with. Making sure you give a Sun Conure the social time he needs is important for his health, as unsocialized Sun Conures can turn to screaming and destructive behavior if neglected. If you are able to devote the necessary time to train, love on, and play with a Sun Conure, you will have a charming companion for many years.