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Sun Parakeet
Conservation status Least concern[1]

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Aratinga
Species: A. solstitialis
Binomial name
Aratinga solstitialis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Sun Parakeet,[2][3] previously and in aviculture called Sun Conure,[4] (Aratinga solstitialis) is a member of the parrot family (Psittacidae). It is native to the north-eastern coastal forests of South America. The average weight for a Sun Conure is approximately 110g. Their length is approximately 305mm from head to tail[5]. They are monomorphic and reach sexual maturity around two years of age. It is noted for its loud squawking compared to its relatively small size. The bird is capable of mimicking humans but not as well as some larger parrots.

They are especially popular as pets because of their bright coloration. Due to their inquisitive temperament, they demand a great deal of attention from their owners, and can sometimes be loud. Like many parrots, they are high-grade chewers and require toys and treats to chew on. They can live for 25 to 30 years.[6]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Aratinga solstitialis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006.
  2. ^ A classification of the bird species of South America South American Classification Committee, American Ornithologists' Union
  3. ^ World Institute for Conservation & Environment, WICE: Nature World Wide: Nature in Brazil
  4. ^ Forshaw, Joseph M., Cooper, William T. [1973, 1978] (1981). Parrots of the World, corrected second edition, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, London. ISBN 0-7153-7698-5.
  5. ^ Alternate image (PBase)
  6. ^

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