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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spannzer - 2011-09-08
Umm, I don't know whether to get a sun conure or a cockatiel. Can someone tell me how much both cost from a pet store? thanks.

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  • Thomas Kerce - 2011-09-22
    would like to the price of a sun conures.
  • robin - 2011-10-24
    I'd never buy any sun conure or cockatiel from a pet store, find a reputable breeder, pet store prices are also very high. Try to buy a hand fed and hand raised baby or very young bird of your choice, I had cockatiels, their very nice birds, but my choice is my sun conure- green cheek conures are very quiet compared to the suns, but the noise doesn't bother me. Good luck in whatever you decide.
  • Tina - 2012-01-16
    Choosing between a sun conure or a cockatiel depends on how much your willing to spend. Sun conures when purchased from a pet store can range in price from 300.00 to 500.00 and cockatiels range anywhere from 80.00 to a little over 100.00. I have had both and they both are uniquie in their own way. Both can learn to talk with a lots of encouragement. My conure blows kisses and says I love you. With both birds you must hold them a lot as infants otherwise they'll grow up and you'll never be able to hold them cause you won't be able to catch them.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    Cocatiels and Conures are very different in personality. I would describe the cockatiel as a bird that says 'I love me and you best love me and do as your told or I'll get you cuz I am KING' and a conure says 'I love you and I will always love you and I know you screw things u p sometimes cuz you're just a human but I will teach you?' Conures are velcro birds and will fly whever to be near you. I have had several and all were 1000% housebroken returning to cage or perch to go to the bathroom - which is great. Did I TRAIN them to do this NO - they just start to return back to their cage to go potty in the same spot consistently about 1 year old - like a cat to kitty litter. All my conures got along with everyone in the home and strangers once they knew them. I would definitely get a conure from a breeder ONLY and they would run about $100.00. There are also many types of conures and the green cheek, red fronted etc are also exceleent excellent companions.
  • Jaz - 2012-01-30
    Where can you buy a sun conure for $100.00? I would want to buy one at that affordable price. I checked around and the prices ranges from $300-$450.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-31
    Sun conures purchased directly from a breeder usually run between $75.00 and max $150.00 depending on age, hand feeding and breeder. Pet stores have to wean them and make a profit etc and they charge more. Unless it is an extremely high quality bird pet store, I would never buy a bird from them. Certainly not a chain. There are also other types of cpnures and although the looks is different the personalities of all are great. I have queens and love them. I had green checks - great.
Diane Swanstrom - 2005-12-31
Hi everyone who told your story about the sun conure. We are getting a baby "Abby" soon. First bird and cannot wait. We also have an Old English Sheep Dog who is very gentle with all our animals. Thanks Di

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  • Diane - 2010-08-08
    Update on Abby. She calls the dog with "Murphy come here" and "Murphy's here", barks, kisses when she wants to sleep and wake up. Abby says "Hello" when the phone rings. Asks "whats up" when you walk by and makes the noise of the internet dial up perfect. She is very loud and a wonderful joy. Diane Swanstrom
  • donALD GREGORY - 2010-12-23
    Don't mix bird with dog.
  • Diane - 2012-01-07
    Abby the sun conure is doing great. Thanks for you responses. Speaks more then ever and the dog is wonderful with her. She is a watch bird especially when a deer or horse is not supposed to be at the patio door.
Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-13
Hi, I have a sun conure, he is 4 mounths old. I would take a Green African also but I am afraid that the conure will be jealous and change his affection for me. What do you think?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-13
    You mean an African Grey? A conure isn't a teritorial or protective bird. He is as good natured as they come. The more the merrier. He is going to love you no matter what. It is just their nature. He is not going to be jealous. As far as they are concerned, they just think the world is for them to play with. He will want you attention. I have a conure now and hubby has a grey. They are fine. My conure is in love with my Macaw and does everything to break the Macaw out of the cage. I don't know how but I frequently find my conure and my Macaw sitting next to each other in the Macaws cage in the morning. It is a houseful but the conure loves all. The grey only loves hubby. Greys demand your attention and conures will trick you into it. The grey rules and the conure will allow it. My conure tries very hard to talk to the grey and mimic the grey. Also, your conure is young. A young grey - all will be fine. They don't know. They just love their human. Of course conures love all and grey will probably only love you.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-13
    Thanks for your early answer, Do you remenber I asked you about travelling with my sun conure, you answered that won't be problem for 100 miles, but I mean 1000 miles by car... Are you sure that I can bring Conny with me?

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    I know you aksed the quetion but somehow it got lost on me. Traveling the 1000 miles with your conure will be just fine. It is best to have a cage and also a carrier. When you leave the car, it is best to take your little guy with you in a carrier. It can get way too hot in a car - quickly especially in the summer. Your conure can being the cage while driving. If he is easy going, he can be on a car seat perch as well instead of a cage, You need to be careful. Frined of mine stopped at a car wash and the bird flew into the car wash. All was wel but sure soaked the bird and it could have been hurt. Toll booths etc be careful.
  • sue - 2011-07-17
    When being affectionate take him away from the other birds view so he will not become jealous.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-25
    He is already affectionate and jealous, because when sees some other bird on TV he try to attack them..
  • Mandy - 2011-11-19
    Sun Conures, are (or maybe its just mine) sooooooooooooo protective and jealous, if my husband , friends, son, anyone tries to come near me when I have him on my neck, hand , shirt or hand he freaks out and tries to bite! So I would think that, if you got another bird , yes your conure might get jealous, but remember, all birds are different, just like people. It all depends on your bird.
  • Tesha - 2011-12-16
    We have a sun conure named Skittles that is spoiled to no end, he even sleeps with us, and he is very, very jealous and protective. Not when it comes to the household, but when our oldest son comes over, they have a love hate relationship. I wont get his wings clipped because I have potty trained him, so those two go running and flying about the house. We tease our son, saying he is afraid of one ounce of an eight ounce bird. Answer to your question, mine is jealous. Since they are all different, before you pay for the African grey, ask them if the two birds have a problem with each other, if you can bring it back.
fanie - 2011-07-07
Our sunconure, Twiggy, sleeps under the newspaper we put in the bottom of his cage at night. It is his/her first winter and we were wondering if this is what the sunconure usually does. Although we keep the environment warm at night. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    I think it is pretty normal behavior for a conure. I got mine one of those birdie buddies (not sure of name) but it is soft fabric that ties to the side of the cage and they snuggle up to it. Your little one isn't cold, they hide or sleep in stange places. Conures are so much fun and a lot of that is cuz they are so silly.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-01
    We have a hanging sleeping bag in our cage for our sun conure. It seems to me like he needs something covering him while he sleeps. He probably isn't comfortable sleeping and needs covering.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-29
    They're raised surrounded shoulder to shoulder by siblings and covered with parents. As they mature, they still prefer that covered, secure sensation when it's sleep time.
John - 2011-06-20
Hi, I need your help! I have a sun conure since 20 days, his name is Connie. He is very sweet and lovely. I love him like a son... The problem is that when it is time to sleep, he doesn't want sleep in the cage but under my hands in the nest box. He is almost 4 months old... Do you think that this habit he has is due of age? Will he loose this habit?


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-21
    Conures are pretty much known for being velcro birds. They like to be with you and on you. Birds are also quite intelligent and they have the ability to train their humans quite well. Yours has trained you to essentially rock him to sleep (in a way). He will be fine sleeping in his cage by himself. He is a baby (just 4 months) and still just venturing out very little on his own. Mine breaks out of his cage and gets in my bed every shot he gets ---He will only lose the habit if his human doesn't do it.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-22
    Conures are extremely extremely expressive. Some can say a few words (in human language) but they can say many words in their own language and believe it or not you will learn theirs. They are expressive and make their wants/likes and dislikes known at an early age and it only gets better. Good luck and enjoy.
  • John - 2011-06-21
    Thanks for fast reply, I will try to get him to sleep into his cage when will grow. I have another question, is it normal to talk already pretty good ? He says lots of word that learns in twenty days.... and usually is jumbery on lots of incomprehnsible phrases.
  • John - 2011-06-25
    Hi, Connie started to nip my fingers two days ago. I'm not understanding why he changed this way.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-25
    Hi John,
    This isn't the right word but I call it teething. The baby bird gets to be about 4 - 6 months old and for whatever reason they start to chew on your fingers, ears, nose etc. It is annoying but doesn't really hurt. Take his beak between your thumb and index finger when he does this and say "NO" or "NO hurt DADDY" or whatever you choose but in a stern tone. It is similar to a puppy needing to teeth on a dog bone. It does stop. It is not biting. Guys ears - I have absolutely no idea why birds are so totally facinated with mens ears but they are. They stick their little tongue in your ear, they sorta chew on your ear. They are not biting or really even chewing. I think they believe they are preeening you. Womens ears are normally covered by their hair but guys ears are usually not. Again, if it bothers you, grab his beak and tell him "NO" but the ear thing has always appeared affectioneete to me when I see my birds doing it to fellas. They have never hurt any fella but it does look sorta funny to see my Hyacinth with her tongue in some mans ear. Again, to stop it - grab the beak and a strong "NO" but it is not a bite - it is a growing stage. They are learning and you need to teach them what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior to you.
  • John - 2011-06-26
    Ok I will try so, now I have a question... I have to go on vacation. I'm you think that is good for Connie to come with me or to get him in a staying into the car for so much time?
  • S Bolivar - 2011-07-15
    I have a sun conure that is around 12 years old, and I have her sleep with me at night. I am not a restless sleeper, so she just cuddles down in my PJs and sleeps quietly through the night. If I happen to wake and roll, she just walks with the roll of my body and goes right back to sleep as I do. Her name is Rainbow.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-07-25
    Are you not scared to tread on her while you are sleeping? I would sleep with Conny in my bed but I'm scared of that.
  • Leila - 2011-08-10
    The conure sleeping in bed with you sounds wonderful - but doesnt it mess? Just curious to know.
  • Giovanni Giustino - 2011-09-08
    my not, he never dump on the bed or sofa, just on the floor or into her cage
  • rhi - 2011-09-14
    Hi, I used to have a beautiful sunny conure, he was amazingly lovely, I kept him as a free bird. He had his own little bed, (it was actually a sofa he claimed), in my bedroom, and yes sometimes he would come over and I'd wake up with him snoozing on my chest, or preening my hair. It was wonderful for both of us, I loved when he was close to me, just as he loved being close to me, However, it saddens me deeply to say the worst thing that could have happened, did happen.

    Please please please do not have your bird sleep with you or free to visit you in the night, or morning when you are asleep. You dont really know that it is safe - they are so small and if you roll over too quick for it to make a noise or move you have lost your companion forever.
Patti - 2011-05-22
My Sun Conure just laid eggs in her bed (a fuzzy pouch that she had shreaded at the bottom). It is now droopy at the bottom, and hangs from the top of the cage. I am concerned because everything I read talks about a breeding box". This is not, in anyway, a flat bottom sturdy box. What can I do? The male is also in the cage and slept in the pouch. Please Help!
Thank You, Patti

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-22
    Couple of choices here. Get a breeding box (largest one) at the local pet store and attach to the cage. Put a little sawdust or carefresh in the bottom of it - say 2 inches. Take the entire pouch with the egg and place it in the breeding box. The female should have another 2 - 3 eggs. She probably won't sit the eggs until the 3rd or 4th one is laid. Second choice is to take any kind of a heavier box (ie a tupperware container) and hang it somehow in the cage by attaching it to the sides of the cage. Again, put carefresh or sawdust in the bottom of it and then take the pouch and egg and place it on top of the carefresh or sawdust in the tupperware container. The carefresh or sawdust is layered there so as she lays the eggs, they are cushioned so she doesn't accidently break the eggs by crushing them or having them bang together. The pouch is in the cage or tupperware container because that is where they are used to sleeping and it is their safe place and that is where she layed the egg.
  • John - 2011-06-26
    Ok I will try so, now I have a question... I have to go on vacation. I'm going by car for 1000 miles, to stay my parents's. Do you think that is good for Connie to come with me or to get him in a animals shop? I'm afraid that he will be much stressed staying in the car for so much time.
harry - 2011-06-16
I have birds and one name is sunny she looks just like that bird.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-16
    Then your little one is very beautiful. Enjoy
sally siling - 2011-06-13
I need help. I have two conures, one is a Sun and the other a Jenday. Our Jenday is a male and when we got our Sun we were told he was also male. Well, Our Sun is a female, she laid 3 eggs, there are only 2 now, now sure what happened to the other one. I have no idea what to do with baby birds if they do hatch. Please I need info. Thank you.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-14
    Surprize surprize. Do not panic and do not be alarmed. The one egg is missing probably because they didn't know what it was and it broke and they ate it. The shell is calcium - no they are not canibals. They don't have parents or a flock so they don't know egg, or sitting, or nesting, or feeding and it will take them awhile to catch on. What you can do is be prepared. Get a nest box (pet store) and if you can't find one then bolt a tuperware container to the side of the cage up high so she can sit the eggs. Put care fresh or saw dust in the bottom of the box so the eggs won't break. If the eggs are fertile they will hatch in about 28 days but chances are they are not. They need to catch on and rarely is the first clutch good. However just in case they are fertile start feeding them soft foods sweet potatoes, squach, scrambed eggs including the shells (all cooked). Buy a bag of Kaytee formula and a small syringe just in case she does hatch the babies but doesn't know how to feed them. If she feeds, you shouldn't have a problem and if she doesn't you will learn to hand feed. You make the formula (instuructions) and then put in syringe and lay the formula on the babies tongue. Start out mixing the formula with Pedialyte (baby dept in grocery store). Do not get upset or concerned - chances are they are not fertile. There is probably a breeder by you and if not I will send you my tel number and will walk you through it. Seriously, chances are they are not fertile but if they are it is very rewarding to see (and hear) those little guys come out of the egg. Enjoy just relax. OK
GT - 2011-03-28
My name is GT and I have a 1 year old Sun Conure that I have had for about 4 months now. His/her name is Screech (go figure). Screech certainly lives up to his name. His cage and playstation are right next to my bed. He is very patient with me and waits until I wake up before he starts into his daily screeching. He/she is quite the demanding little bird. When he wants attention, he has NO problem letting you know. He is not to much for stepping up but prefers to fly over to my bed and land on my head just as I am about to fall asleep for a nap. All-in-all Screech is a funny little bird. So much so that I am going to look at another Sun Conure tomorrow in anticipation of maybe getting him a little friend.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    Conures are definitely the most vocal of the bird world. I find them to definitely be one of the most expressive and entertaining. I'd go for it and Sun Conures are beautiful. Good luck and tell us how you are doing with them.
Darlene - 2009-04-08
Hi all. Well I to just bought a sun conure, he's 1 1/2 yrs of age. His last owner couldn't kept him any more. I took him to the vet to be tested and everything turned out great, his weight was 120 grams. And yes, had an dna test done, he's a boy all right :0). His name is tequila, he's so cute. I only had him 3 weeks and already he shower's with me:) and he share my meals. He has a very huge parrot cage with lots of toys. I leave his cage open all day. He love to nap with me, lol, under the covers he goes. He is trying to talk right now, he just moves his little mouth. He is usually very quiet, but let me tell ya he can be very loud if he wants, and yes he the best guard dog I every had, lol. I have a keyless entrance and when he hears you touching it he yell out very loud. You can here him from the back of the house, lol.
GOD I LOVE THIS LITTLE BOY! He still sometimes bites but he tries to be gentle unless he's mad, then it hurts, but he give me the biggest kisses ever OMG! I am in love with my new little bird and, memee my 15 year cat gets along great with tequila. It is scared of the bird though I think because tequila is nothing he has every seen before. But memee is a good cat. In his life he lived with a dalmation and a bearded dragon. They both pasted last year. The dog was 13yrs and the dragon was 7yrs, so now he got a parrot for a friend, lol.
God bless all these little conures :).

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  • Mary Green - 2011-03-16
    Dear Darlene, I just wanted to let you know that I have three Sun conures and They are spoiled and too smart and I have three of them I know how loud they are but I just got a perfect little boy here he think that I'm his real mommies bird I rescues him from the breeder that she was not taken good care of him I found sick and under fed and His cage was so un-real and so so very and very nasty even I got him that he was so sick I got stuck on the vet bill and I told her that I'm very mad about this she had no idea that he was sick and not been fed when I got him he was nothing but all bone and starving to death so I had fed him every hour around the clock and He now spoil even he wanted to be with me all the time he will not accept no one else that I try to let him been handle by other people no way for him will now he will not sleep in no bird cage but he sleep with me at night time during the day he stay on his perch the i made for him that all he do he is bird free trouble maker and he just stay on his perches all day long then he goes to bed with me the rest of the night he got a spot that he sleep on and I have my spot where his stay right now his on my shoulder he want stay no where even he like to take a car ride with me He goes where ever I go! Even I had to seek him the store with me!
    Some one had ask did you hear that what is that~~ ahuahhhhhhh
    I told them to be quite about that i got a bird with me!! SHHHHHHHHHH

    I hated to see you get rid of your birdies even the are your pet why do you want to get rid of them if you can't keep your bird I'm ll take from you when you get this message from me!! I have all way love birdies and take good care and find them the right home not been neglected or abuse this what happen to my Sunny-boy! He spoil every day and night!!
    He love his mommies!!

    Love Mary G. I hope you will find me on face book!