Sun Conures are small parrots native to South America that are highly popular pets, mostly due to their striking appearance and playful personalities.

Sun Conures have mostly-yellow bodies that fade to orange on their lower bellies and faces (making them look like they're blushing). Their wings are yellow on the base (where the coverts are) and green along the edges, with dark blue at the tips. Unlike the Jenday Conure, the green on the wings is sort of mixed in with the yellow, rather than a clean green band. Their beaks and feet are black-gray, and their tails are green and blue. Young Sun conures are usually more green than yellow, but become more yellow and orange as they grow older.

There are three possible subspecies: the Jandaya Conure, the Sulphur-Breasted Conure, and the Golden-Capped Conure. I say "possible" subspecies because apparently people are still arguing whether or not these ones ought to count as their own species. There's some confusion because the Sulphur-Breasted conure only recently came to be acknowledged as a thing, and they look a bit like juvenile Sun Conures, leading to people getting them mixed together. Jandaya (also known as Jenday) Conures also have people clamouring that they are their own recognized species. Jandaya and Golden-Capped Conures can breed with Sun, and though no one has reported any success, it is assumed that Sulpher-Breasted Conures can breed with them, too.

In the wild, the three sometimes interbreed in areas where they run into each other, but it's also hard to say exactly how common interbreeding is, as again, some of the juveniles of one species look like the adult forms of others.

Like the Green-Cheek Conures, Sun Conures aren't the best talkers. They are playful and inquisitive and crave attention. Unlike the Green-Cheek conure who, though chatty, are usually quiet, sun conures are screamers. If they don't think you're paying them enough attention, by god will they let you know. They'll also screech when you leave the room (to check on you), when new people enter the house, when you move a familiar piece of furniture out of place, and if they see a dog or squirrel in the front yard. They'll pretty much feel the need to inform you of every fricking detail. This is because, as with most parrots, they are highly social. In the wild, their flocks range from 20-30 birds. Like with most parrots, unless you happen to have friends for them, you will be expected to make up for all that lost social interaction. Sun conures especially are attention-hogs. Imagine three year old children who remain three years old for fifteen years.

Despite being popular pets, these guys are listed as endangered.

Also, it is not recommended to let Green-Cheeks and Sun Conures breed. Hybrids between the two are really rare to begin with (usually the two species won't mate, and if they do, nothing comes of it), but every once in a while two will actually pull it off, and the babies born will be sick and die quickly. I've only heard of two cases where the babies lived to adulthood. Both were lone survivors of larger clutches that died young, and of those two, one has to see a vet regularly because of health issues.

If you happen to get one by happy accident, okay, (though some hardcore aviculturists say you should boil the eggs of such a union anyways) but Cheesus Crust don't intentionally put the momma bird at risk for egg binding just so you can watch some baby birds die. Green-Sunny hybrids aren't worth any money, and they look like dusky green-cheek conures, so there's really no incentive to put the birds at risk.

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