|Sun Conure or Sun Parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis) at a bird park in Singapore. |
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have always believed that everybody needs a pet in life. Be it a dog, a cat or even a bird, a pet of some sort or another can be a wonderful stress relief. Just sitting and relaxing with your pet can be a nice way to end a really hectic day. A lot of people don't have space for a dog or a cat and for them, a bird would be a wonderful choice. But to pick just one type of bird is a hard choice. Some are too loud and others too large while others are just too darn messy. A bird that I think isn't too large or messy is the sun conure birds. Sun conure birds are just the right size to be at home in an apartment or a house without leaving the owner feeling cramped.
Sun conure birds can be found in different parts of the world such as Mexico, South and Central America and even into the West Indies. In these regions, the sun conure birds roam freely in large groups that can range from twenty birds on up. The sun conure birds like to live in groups all year long, even during the mating season and can be found that way in the wild. Sun Conure birds were actually given their name because of their bright colors.
A sun conure possesses a variety of colors ranging from bright shades of green, golden yellow, blue, and orange. Generally, a younger bird will have more green feathers than an older bird who has feathers that are bright, iridescent reddish-orange and yellow. A baby sun conure will start off with the feathers that are greener although at about six to eight months of age they begin to molt into the vibrant adult colors. That is a great way to tell if the bird you're looking at is young or aged a little bit.
Unlike some of the bigger birds, sun conure birds don't have a wide range of speaking ability. They can speak some words although do better at imitating noises such as a doorbell or a microwave oven. Their voices are more of a screech and very birdlike when compared to some of the other breeds of birds. But they do let you know that they're happy with the screeching voice of theirs. They aren't exactly a quiet bird as they screech when they're happy, when they're mad or when they're bored or really excited. Sun conure birds are just a more vocal member of the parrot family.
Sun conure birds would be a great pet as they have a friendly nature that just likes to be around people. And if treated right and well taken care of they can live for about twenty-five to thirty years. That would make the sun conure birds a great lifelong companion.