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SUN CONURE

Scientific Name: Aratinga solstitialis
Order
Psittaciformes

Family
Psittacidae

Habitat & Range
The sun conure is native to northeastern South America. It inhabits savanna and coastal forests of Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.

Identification
Sun conures (also called sun parakeets) measure approximately 12 inches and weigh an average of 4 ounces. There is no visual difference between males and females. Adults are predominately rich yellow in
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color, with an orange chest and face, white around the eyes, and red around the ears. The base of the greater wing-coverts, tertials, and base of the primaries are green, while the secondaries, tips of the primaries, and most of the primary coverts are dark blue. Juveniles are predominantly green, and attain their yellow and red plumage with maturity.

Diet
Sun conures feed mainly on fruits, nuts, berries and flowers.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Adult conures reach sexual maturity at 2 years old. Hens lay clutches of 3 to 5 eggs, which are incubated for 23 days.

The sun conure lives an average of 25 to 30 years.
 
 
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