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Sun Conure

sun conure

Aratinga solstitialis

Distribution:

Native to North-Eastern South America

Habitat:

Coastal forests

Diet:

Seeds, fruits, nuts, berries and flowers

Breeding:

February

Nest:

In a hollow tree.

Eggs:

Four eggs incubated for 30 days.

Chicks:

Young birds leave the nest eight weeks after hatching.

Predators:

Humans

Conservation status:

Least concern, but the species is described as uncommon in at least parts of its range

General:

The Latin name ‘Aratinga’ means ‘little macaw’ (Ara – macaw, tinga – diminutive). It is much admired for its bright plumage, and large numbers have been caught for the pet trade. Screeching is normal for most parrots, and the sun conure is noted for its loud squawking compared to its relatively small size. Like many parrots, it is a determined chewer! Lifespan can be 25-30 years.