The Sun Conure is a medium-sized parrot native to South America. They are currently endangered due to illegal capture for the pet trade.

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Appearance and Behavior Edit

The Sun Conure is a base color of rich orange-and-yellow. They have green wing coverts, primaries and tail, while the secondaries and tail-tip are dark blue. Scarlet feathers surround the ear area. The eye patch is

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whitish, with dark irises and a dark gray beak.

These birds are gender-monophonic, weighing in at 4 ounces and having a total length of roughly a foot.

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Captive Life and Endangerment Edit

Sun Conures are noted for being very vocal for their size, and are capable of imitating human speech. They are popular pets due to their bright colors, but are also very loud and demanding - in other words, not for the beginning avian owner.

Unfortunately, this captivity crave has spurred a smuggling market, making this beautiful bird endangered. To help conservation efforts, support the captive breeding programs and never buy a wild-caught bird. We can still save this amazing psitticine.