Our four sun conures, born in 2008, are named Yankee, Doodle, Dandy and Uncle Sam. These medium-sized, brightly colored parrots are extremely social and bonded with each other and their trainers. They have been in a free-flight training program here at the Zoo since they were weaned.
The sun conure was uplisted to endangered in the 2008 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. There are a number of threats that make this species endangered. One of them is deforestation. Other threats include hunting for feathers, poaching and captured as sale as pets.
The sun conure can be found in savanna, coastal forest and palm grove habitats in a relatively small region of north-eastern South America. The sighting of this bird in savanna habitat is most likely only as it travels from one forest habitat to another.
The main diet of the sun conure is made up of fruits, flowers, berries and nuts.
In the wild the sun conure is a very social bird that typically lives in groups of 10 to 30 individuals.
A flock of sun conures flying across an evening sky was once said to have resembled a sunset and this is how the name “sun” conure was assigned to the species.
As a juvenile, the sun conure doesn’t fully have its beautiful adult colors. Young sun conures are a muted olive green, this serves as a defense mechanism in the wild by providing them with extra camouflage. As they grow they mature into beautiful adults that are a brilliant rainbow of yellow, red, orange, blue and green and are often considered the most beautiful of all conures.
Due to their low population numbers and limited distribution, very little is known about the wild habits of these beautiful birds.