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The Sun Conure

The Sun conure is a medium sized domestic parrot. It weighs 110g and is 30cm
long, the parakeet usually has an orange head which then transitions to yellow
then to green which covers majority of the body, it also usually has one or two
blue-green tail feathers and end wing weathers. It has a
massive black eye and a black curved beak. It has greenyellow feathered legs. The male and the female look
relatively the same. The Sun Conure is easily confused
with the closely related Jandaya parakeet and the
sulphur-breasted parakeet as they look similar. Juvenile
males have mostly green feathers whereas when they
mature into males their back feather turn yellow.
The Sun Conure is native to north eastern south America
conure prefers tropical habitat, for example the dry
savannah woodland or the savannah plain they are also
found in scrubland beside the amazon riverbank and
other forested riverbanks. Recent sightings suggest it
mainly occurs at the edge of humid forest growing in
foothills in the Guiana Shield in South America. The Brazilian and Venezuelan
area is always quite hot, humid and tropical there, perfect for the Sun Conure.
Most conures forage for food in family groups or flocks of up to 30 birds or more.
As with most parakeet flocks, they start out at sunrise and fly from their roosting
area to find areas with abundant food.
Conures are opportunistic omnivores,
(they will eat about any food they find
while foraging). They eat includes fresh
seeds and nuts, fruit, leaf matter, flower
buds, insects and grubs. Parents feed
their babies a semi-digested pabulum
from their crops. As the chick develops,
the parents start to feed food somewhat
chewed, but resemble the food source
that they are being fed. The Sun Conures
voice is very loud and high pitched, their
call is a very loud screek-screek which is repeated rapidly, and they also make
different wheezing and screeching noises.
Now sun conures are popular pets, the demand for them is very big but the sun
conures arent breeding fast enough to replenish their population (when some
get captured and put in pet stores) this means their numbers are slowly
decreasing.
Right now people are doing the following to try and save the sun conure.
Prevented cross-border trading. People are working with the indigenous
inhabitants of the Terra Indgena Raposa Serra do Sol and the Amerindian
Community in Karasabai Village to prevent trapping and protect suitable habitat.
Others are surveying extensively to locate other important additional subpopulations.

Appearance Note
size,
shape, colour,
What does covering,
special
features.
it look like? Include drawings or photos.
Habitat
Where did
it live in
the wild?

Include
information
about
where they shelter, how they
find food. Is the weather hot
or cold, wet or dry?

Behaviours What do they eat, how do they


protect themselves, are they a
solitary or pack animal, do
they care for their young, if so
how?
Cause
for Why did this animal species
Loss
of become
endangered? Is
Numbers
anything being done to help
them survive?
Action

What could have been or is


being done to save them?

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