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Sun Conure: here’s the scoop

threats

Due to the high demand for these beautiful birds in the pet trade, this once-common species has declined dramatically during the last twenty years. Due to near extirpation from Guyana, poachers are now trapping conures in Brazil for export. It is estimated that the total population is fewer than 2,500 mature individuals. Their very small population and ongoing trapping pressure has resulted in them becoming Endangered. 

Species

Sun Conure

Scientific name

Aratinga solstitialis

Habitat

Restricted to dry, semi-deciduous forests. Although they do use forest edges, they appear to require quite a large quantity of intact forest.

Diet

Feeds on seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, vegetation and insects

life expectancy

20 – 30 years

Did you know?

Sun conures are also known as sun parakeets.

Range

Northeastern Brazil, and adjacent Guyana

Conservation status

Endangered

High risk of extinction in the wild