Animal Stories - Sun Conure

Animal-World Information about: Sun Conure

   When the Sun Conure is fully mature and has all its coloring it is gorgeous, but even juveniles are extremely pretty!
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lyric - 2005-11-04
i just have to say that i am so greatful that i found this place, i have the most wonderful sun conure and his name is HOMIE!!! YEA i know!! lol but he is the love of all our lives. in a day he took to the kids and o how he loves his mamma! he rolls over and lays down with me when its time to go to sleep, but his lil goffy self wants to stick his foot in my mouth for some strange reason like its comforting to him. he will do flips and summersalts and to top it off plays catch with our dog. they run the ball back and forth to each other. its the neatest thing to see, i guess i am a proud momma of homie and wanted to share! i love him and cant wait to come back to learn more about the conures

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  • Avie little - 2014-02-27
    Hi. I'm trying to find a baby like the one you have but I'm having a hard time at it. I live in phoenix. Az and have looked in a couple pet shops.. I want a baby around 3 or 4 weeks old so I can hand feed and make our bond stronger. But I can't find a breeder that will let me buy one until it's weaned... I'm really hoping to find one close and soon...Your story is so cute... I hope to be as lucky as you.
jayashree - 2014-02-08
Hi, I bought my new sunconure chick to my Family. I dnt know d gender, Wen i bought he is around 4 weeks old. Now he is around 8 weeks old, he is bit a noisy and very a ctive baby. Once i tried to make him self feed but he dint try to eat but in youtube i have seen many babies eating at 6 weeks itself. I just want to know my baby is not trying eat ah? And couple of times i have noticed that he loses his voice After some time he got back. Why this happens? So sunconure parents pls clear my doubts and provide me some more information to keep my baby healthy and happy. U can mail me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Conures can take up to about 11 or so weeks to wean, and it's best to allow them to 'self' wean. Once they starts to fledge is the time to start encouraging them to become independent. Drop the midday feeding, still feeding in the morning and evening. Providing a dish with soft weaning foods, pellets, a bit of seed, and of course water. On the voice, make sure its getting enough liquid (formula and water sources).
BARBARA NEFF - 2012-12-31
My conure and love bird regurgitate on things,what is that and why do they do it?

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  • Melissa - 2013-03-09
    Birds do that to show 'affection' towards one another or even certain people.
  • valerie - 2013-12-11
    my conure does the. same thing. he really must love you. he is feeding you. you must be his mate! you ate so lucky! good luck!
Sharon - 2012-12-09
My Sun Conure pees when he flies and I was wondering what I could do to pervent that.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-09
    Do you mean that when he flies in the air or do you mean when he flies from your shoulder on down?  Parrots do not 'pee'.  They do poop but essentially it is not liquid it is droppings and a solid.  If your conures poop is not solid I would take him to the vet as something is wrong.  If the 'waste's solid and he is flying down from your shoulder - conures try theire best not to potty on their owners and return to cage or perch to 'poop'  
Anonymous - 2012-11-07
I still do not have heat in my house due to Hurricane Sandy. How much cold can a Sun Conure take? Any suggestions on what to do? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-07
    As long as it isn't actually frost - (freezing) inside the home the little fella should be just fine.  They can tolerate temperatures from 45 - 90 degrees without problems.  They have a solid down under all those feathers which keeps them pretty warm.  You can place a bowl or something like a shoe box with some carefresh in it so she can sorta nest and get warmer also if she wants.
DeeDeeB - 2012-11-05
I'm new to Conure parrot owning and need to know what she needs? She was given to me buy a friend who couldn't keep her - Any advise would be great ! I want her to be healthy and happy - She has a green body yellow head with an orange mask and blue tail -- Sun Conure is what I was told she is - I've been feeding her store bought seed and fresh fruit ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-05
    Have no fear and watch your little fella.  They are very expressive and as soon as you learn all of his commands there will be no problem.  Seriously.  They are very active and need toys and like TV cartoons and music.  They love being talked to, held, pet and they attach to their human like velcro on a shoe.  They will frequently return to their cage or perch to 'potty' which is great so it is easy to have them out and about.  Of course, he will probably just be on your shoulder or head all the time.  Just love him.
Muhammad Yousaf - 2012-10-12
Hi, I bought SunCorner pair just 3 months ago to get their breeding. I am new so whatever i heard, i provided everything possible. cage size is 7ft x 3ft x 5ft. Breeding box is 8' x 8' x 18'. Please help me and advice some tips.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    The cage sounds like it is plenty big enough, but as you can see in the info above, the nest box size should be 12' x 12' x 12'.  Here's some more good info: Conure Care: Breeding/Reproduction, with  things about breeding them, like age, humidity,  how long it takes the eggs to hatch, etc. Wishing you all the best!
Ryan - 2012-09-29
Hi there! Thank you for all your helpful information. I recently discovered how fantastic conures are and I have been doing loads of research so that I am prepared when I get my own. I noticed that you said you think it is better to buy from the breeder rather than a pet store because it's better to get one that is hand fed and interacted/played with regularly. My good friend works at a pet store near me and I know that the staff there hand feeds the birds as well as plays with them everyday. Also, the birds range from 3-6 months old. In this situation is it O.K. to purchase one from here? Or is 3-6 months old too old? I just want to be sure! Thanks for your time!

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  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Thank you so much for getting back to me so soon! Yeah I totally understand about getting a bird that is affectionate and O.K. with being handled. I am not looking for something to sit in my room and look pretty, I want a companion. My friend says they will be able to let me into a back room that they have where you can interact with the birds. I plan on going there quite a few times and playing with the conures and seeing which one likes me. Is this a good plan?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    Yes that is a great plan.  Somehow you will know the right one for you - they have a tendency to sorta pick their companions and go from there.  Good luck and enjoy
  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Ahh I see! The wand chooses the wizard...
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    Yep, you got it. 
  • Ryan - 2012-09-29
    Just a little edit...They do not hand feed ALL of the birds regularly. Only the conures and occasionally. Is this a deal breaker?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    There are some excellent bird stores in the US - just not lots of them.  When you purchase a bird - you want to make sure that you can handle the bird.  If I am buying a puppy or a kitten, I would want to hold it, pet it, hug it, play with it etc.  I want to be able to do the same thing with a bird.  I would sit down on the floor if i had to and put the bird in my lap (so he wouldn't be nervous that I might drop him) and pet it, pick it up and hold it, kiss the top of his head etc. If I could not hold and handle the bird - then I would determine if I wanted to tame it or purchase another bird.  There is no reason I can think of that you wouldn't be able to hold and pet a hand fed and handled baby bird. 
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-29
    Let's put this in perspective as each situation is different. To say one should buy only from a breeder's is just a cautionary attitude. There are many quality pet stores that have birds of all types and ages for sale. There is no problem buying a handfed baby bird from a pet store that is dedicated to providing well taken care of babies for sale. Many times stores will have older birds for sale too, usually coming in from people who couldn't keep them anymore, for whatever reason.  The store themselves can tell you if a baby in their care is hand fed and well socialized, or if it is a bird that isn't as receptive even if handfed. They can give you the background on each bird and you can make an intelligent decision.  So if you know the store, can observe how they handle the pets they offer, and have a discussion about your needs and what they have availble, the chances are you will get an excellent pet.
Neil - 2012-04-20
Hi everyone, I am considering getting a sun conure as a pet. Although I have experiense in keeping budgies and cockatiels they were in an aviary and were hands off, so the conure would be my first tame bird. Are they suitable first time birds? I also wondered how much out of cage time they need a day? I'm not sure if I can provide enough time when I work an 8-6 job. Would a few hours in the evening be enough time for the bird or not? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-21
    OK mine (conure named Billie) is in a 2 foot deep by 3 foot wide and 5 feet high. He has a little door he can come out of and go to the perch on the top of the cage. When I am out of the house, I close his little door just to make sure he is safe, otherwise he is out. I have had several (some have gotten marrried and now are having children) and they were all totally housebroken. So during the day they would hang out on my shoulder, hang from my sweater etc and fly back to their cage or perch when they had to go potty. I would also train them to go on Kleenex so I could take them out and just carry kleenex in my handbag. They need the room cuz they are active and like to play. Without the toys, room, radio, TV - they can get bored and can be prone to plucking. They are a real easy, fun parrot to have with lots of affection. Babies should be available now as breeding season is usually March.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Conures are an excellent first companion bird. They are very active, very playful and pretty much a velcro bird in that they want to be on you all the time. Make sure you have a large cage for this little guy and make sure he has plenty (lots) of toys, swings, things to chew up and play with during the day and all should be well. If you can leave the TV on for him (honest) to some cartoon channel - even better. Or music. One thing - make sure you can hold this fella, cuddle, kiss his beak, pet him, put him under your chin etc before you buy him. Don't let some breeder tell you that the bird will be tame when you get him home. The bird should be 1000% tame when you purchase him. Best to purchase directly from a breeder. Excellent first bird - or even only pet. Yes, sometimes they will get a little loud but if you learn to understand them (and obey) that should be minimal. Yes, evenings and weekends - fine - just lots of stuff to play with.
  • Neil - 2012-04-20
    Thank you for your reply Charlie, I will surely keep in mind about the bird needing to be tame from the start. What sort of dimentions would you recommend for the cage?
  • Danielle williams - 2012-09-10
    Hello I have a sun conure on hold from a bird breeder store for 449 with a cage and perch and food is that a good sale? I have a bb here at my home will they get along? I asked her but she said they may but then they won't bond with me. Is that true ? Isn't theren certain questions I should ask or things to watch out for? I was able to pick bird up and she was sweet I the beginning but then she flew away and got nippy.
Keenan - 2012-06-07
Hi, I was just wondering how much do the sun conure birds cost from a normal pet store or a breeder, and when you want a sun conure do you need any special license of some sort and if so what type of license. Thankyou:)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    Sun Conures run about $150 purchased directly from a breeder and around $300 purchased from a pet Store.  I would recommend purchasing from a breeder and not just for the cost.  Pet Stores charge more but they also have to house and feed the bird and make a profit.  However, then your little bird is in with a bunch of others and not handled a lot and not as tame as if you purchased directly from a breeder at a young age.  Do not purchase a bird that you can not hold, cuddle  and makes up to you regardless of what the store or breeder says.  Babies are as friendly and lovable as you can get and if it isn't - it just isn't a baby, was not hand fed, was not given attention - something is wrong and you don't buy a puppy or a kitty you can not handle and cuddle.  Do not buy a bird you can not handle.
  • Keenan - 2012-06-08
    Thanks for the advice it was really helpful. Do you know any good breeders that I could buy them from? And do you need a license.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    I don't know what state you live in but in the back of bird talk is a listing of breeders and many of them would be able to help you regarding what breeder of sun conures is closest to you.  No, you do not need a license.  The only conure you need a license for is the Queen of Bavaria and i believe that is only if you need to ship or receive out of state.
  • Keenan - 2012-06-08
    thank you so much all of our advice has been really helpful
  • Keenan - 2012-06-08
    Ok so sorry to bother you again.  I can't seem to find where the breeders are. I have checked the back of the chats and they aren't there and I've basically gone all through this whole website looking for them and can't find them. Could you try and explain how to find them a bit more. thanks
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    Most breeders of conures - any conure should be able to tell you who is breeding sun conures.  So you can try any breeder of conures listed in Bird talk.  You can also try this.  Go to and enter in 'sun conure breeders'  or 'sun conure breeders in NY' or whatever state you live in.  You can try 'Up at Six' or   which is a huge classified web site and just enter sun conure in at the upper right side. 

  • Keenan - 2012-06-10
    thank you again
  • Louise - 2012-07-10
    Keenan, Did you locate a sun conure yet? I have two young ones that came with a breeder pair I purchased. I do have these two for sale.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-11
    Cool, do u still have them for sale and if so how much are you selling one for.
  • Louise - 2012-07-11
    Hi, Yes I do still have the two baby birds. They were raised by their parents though. When we purchased the breeder pair the babies came with them. I have had them seperated for the last two weeks and trying to get the babies used to me. I do want to sell them, but want them social with the family first.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-12
    OK, how much are you willing to sell one for?
  • Louise - 2012-07-13
    Hi Keenan, Because they are not tame yet I would let each go for about $150.00. Each will go for a higher price when I get them tame. When they are tame and social, the price ranges from around $250.00 up to $400.00. I've seen mature sun conures from $400.00 up to $800.00. I've done some research for Idaho on ordinances and license and there is none that I have found, for having, raising or selling exotic birds that are captive in Idaho.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-16
    OK thanks I'll try and convince my dad into getting one as I'm only fifteen.  I now have a lutino indian ringneck called Citrus and I absolutely adore him. My dad has wanted a sun conure ever since I showed him one at a bird aviary but it wasn't for sale and the one that was there belonged to someone else. It was staying there to be looked after. My dad is going away for my fifteenth birthday and maybe he might feel guilty and might get me one. Just to ask where exactly do you live because I'm in perth in western Australia. thx