Working at PetSolutions is kind of like working at a zoo.  We sell a wide variety of animals and employees frequently bring in their pets to work. Most notably, Wilber the Sun Conure came into the office for a photoshoot and it was such a unique experience! Sun Conures are interesting birds with fun personalities. If you haven’t considered a Conure as a pet before, here are a few things you should know about them!

The Sun Conure, Aratinga solstitialis solstitialis

Wilbur was not only gorgeous but he was full of personality! He spent the day playing with toys, eating food, and nibbling on treats. He loved all the attention and everyone in the office was excited to hold, pet and kiss him. Not a bad day for a bird, that’s for sure!

Sun Conures are generally classified as “medium” size birds. Wilbur measured appropriately at 12″ from beak to tail. He displayed the vibrant colors of a mature Sun Conure, including yellow, red, orange, green, and blue. On the contrary, juvenile Sun Conures are not as bright as adults. Juveniles use their coloring as a defense mechanism used in the wild.

Many Sun Conures absolutely love attention! They thrive on companionship and enjoy bonding with their owners. Additionally, most Conures like to be handled. They are comfortable perched on a finger, hand or on top of a shoulder! If they are unhappy, Conures will express a loud, shrill call. For instance, in the wild, loud calls alert other birds of something important. In this particular case, Wilbur told us that he wanted to be snuggled in between product shots!

Some other interesting facts about Sun Conures:

  • 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.

In Conclusion

Finally, if you are considering a Sun Conure, make sure you have time to devote to these lovely birds. While they are beautiful to look at, they are also very intelligent and require companionship to thrive. They are naturally playful and affectionate, and need someone to be playful and affectionate with. A Sun Conure requires social time. This is important for their overall health, as unsocialized Sun Conures will scream and display destructive behavior if neglected. Furthermore, if you are able to devote the necessary time to train, love, and play with a Sun Conure, you will have a charming companion for many years!

About The Author Kristen Sydelko

Kristen is the Web Coordinator at PetSolutions. She has over 5 years of experience working in the pet care industry, with many more years of pet ownership experience! When not at PetSolutions, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family (which includes an extremely spoiled Lab mix), crafting, and trying to decide when to set her fish tank back up.

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