Sun Conure and Jenday Conure Parrots, free Images and Interesting facts

Sun conure also known as Sun parakeet is an endangered species of parrots. Most of them are now seen in captivity. The name sun conure is mainly because of their predominant orange-yellow colored feathers. They are native to north eastern parts of South America.

Birds, Jenday Conure Parrots
RG133- Jenday Conure Parrot

Sun conure parrots
RG134- Sun conures

sun conure parrot peeking out of nest
RG135-Sun Conure peeking out of nest

Birds, Patagonian Conure Parrots
RG136- Patagonian Conure Parrot

Parrots and the net
RG137- Parrots and the Net

RG138-  Parrot

These birds measure up to 28-30 cm in length from head to tail and weigh approximately 100 grams. Most of the body is primary yellow in color, with breast, belly and face being orange. The tail consists of dull green feathers and has a blue tip. They have a grey eye ring and grey legs. The bill and irises are dark brown to black in color. Their wings have green and blue feathers, most of the upper feathers being yellowish. Both the sexes look identical.

They are social birds and live in flocks consisting of 30-40 members. These birds are not quite birds and are very active, and scream loudly quite often. Their bright colorful plumage and ability to mimic a variety of sounds has made them a popular choice as pets.

Their diet consists of seeds, nuts, berries, fruits and flower parts. The average life span is 25-30 years.

Sun conures nest in tree cavities and attain maturity at 1 or 2 years of age. The incubation period is 22-27 days and during this period the female takes care of the eggs, while the male makes arrangements for feeding her. Its scientific name is Aratinga solstitialis.

The Sun conures are often mistaken or confused with Jenday conures.  So, lets look at a few differences between the two.

Jenday conure or Jandaya parakeet with scientific name Aratinga jandaya is also a small-medium parrot similar to sun conure. When compared to sun conure, its wing feathers are primarily green and the yellow-orange plumage is slightly duller in comparison to sun conures. Similarly, the notable loud call of sun conures has a high pitch which jenday conures quite often lack. Jenday conures are listed as least concern on IUCN list.

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