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Sun Parakeet

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About the Sun Parakeet

Also known as: Yellow Conure, Sun Conure

The Sun Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot native to the northeastern coastal forests of South America. These birds have a lovely mostly bright yellow plumage; males and females look alike.

Sun Parakeets are known as Sun Conures in the pet trade and are known to be friendly and peaceful birds that seldom fight with each other. In the wild they live together in groups of twenty or more birds. They feed on seeds, fruits, and insects.

Sun Parakeets have a conservation status of Endangered as of June 2013. One of the most serious threats they face is that of trapping for the pet trade.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Aratinga solstitialis
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Aratinga
  • A. solstitialis
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12 inches
4 ounces
Range South America


From IUCN Red List:
The Sun Parakeet is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This newly split species is listed as Endangered because it is thought to have a very small population, which is inferred to be in decline owing mainly to on-going trapping pressure.

International Names

  • Jandaia-amarela (Brazilian)
  • 金黄鹦哥 (Chinese)
  • Aratinga Slunecní (Czech)
  • Solparakit (Danish)
  • Zonparkiet (Dutch)
  • Aurinkoaratti (Finnish)
  • Conure Soleil (French)
  • Sonnensittich (German)
  • Conuro del Sole (Italian)
  • コガネメキシコインコ (Koganemekishikoinko) (Japanese)
  • Solparakitt (Norwegian)
  • Konura Sloneczna (Polish)
  • Солнечная аратинга (Russian)
  • Aratinga Sol (Spanish)
  • Jandaia-amarela (Swedish)