Sun Conure Baby Parrot


These are a hybrid between a Sun Conure and a Jenday Conure. They are between 6-12 weeks old.

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Sun Conure Baby Parrot


Originating in South America, sun conures are lively and inquisitive. They are content to be with their pet parents for hours and require daily interaction. There is a color variation called the sunburst conure. These birds have mostly yellow feathers and are slightly larger.Sun Conure Baby Parrot

Typical appearance and behavior of Sun Conure Baby Parrot

  • Are known for their bold personalities and playful, clownish interaction
  • Are a popular pet bird due to their bright orange and yellow plumage
  • Their feathers don’t reach their full coloration for about two years
  • They have black beaks, white featherless rings encircling their eyes, and long, slender tails
  • Males and females can be hard to distinguish; males tend to have flatter, squarer heads than females and brighter coloration
  • Sun conures like to chew, so ensure they have lots of safe wooden toys to chew on
  • Intelligent and affectionate, they require daily interaction with their pet parents to become properly socialized and kept entertained
  • Known to be very active and loud, with repeated shrill screams, they are not pets for the noise-sensitive
  • Are generally noisier when given inadequate attention
  • Are easy to train and don’t generally select out favorite family members as some other bird species do. Therefore, they make good family pets
  • May learn to speak a few words but are not known for their talking abilities

Characteristics of Sun Conure Baby Parrot

Care Difficulty Intermediate
Average Life Span Up to 20+ years with proper care
Average Adult Size 10-13 inches long, head to end of tail
Diet Herbivore
Minimum Habitat Size 30″W x 30″D x 36″H


Habitat size

Provide the largest habitat possible for your bird. The minimum habitat size for one sun conure is approximately 30″ W x 30″ D x 36″ H, with metal bars spaced no more than 3/4″ apart. Commercially available habitats are generally made with stainless steel bars (either with or without nontoxic coating). Homemade habitats and those made of wood or galvanized wire are not recommended because wood cannot be disinfected properly, and birds can chew on their habitats and ingest potentially toxic chemicals.

Building your habitat

Sun conures acclimate well to average household temperatures between 65°F and 80°F; be cautious of extreme temperature changes. Habitats should be placed off the floor in a well-lit area, away from drafts and inaccessible to other curious pets such as cats and dogs. Conures are very social, so habitats should be placed in an area with lots of household activity. Ensure no habitat parts or toys contain lead, zinc, other potentially toxic heavy metals, lead-based paints or galvanized parts, as these can cause serious medical issues if birds ingest them.

  • PerchesPerches should be 1/2″ in diameter. Provide a variety of perch sizes so your conure can exercise their feet and help prevent pressure sores from developing on their soles. Use perches made from different materials, such as wood, braided rope and natural branches, to give your bird their choice of surfaces to stand on
    • Sandpaper covers on perches are abrasive to the bottom of feet and are not recommended
    • To avoid contaminating food dishes with droppings, do not place food or water containers directly under perches
  • Toys: Conures are very intelligent birds; foraging toys are important for enrichment and mental stimulation
    • Toys should have a variety of colors, shapes and textures to entice birds to interact with them
    • Toys must be securely attached to the habitat because birds can unscrew the C-clamps that are typically used to hang toys and become injured. Toys should not have small parts that birds can easily pull off and ingest. Without toys and attention, birds can get bored, pick their feathers, scream or develop other destructive behaviors, so be sure to rotate their toys regularly to prevent boredom
  • Liner and litter: A metal grate over the habitat bottom will allow droppings to fall away from birds’ feet and help keep the habitat cleaner. The tray in the habitat bottom should be lined with habitat paper or other paper-based substrate to ease cleanup and minimize dust
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light: Birds need exposure to UV light to make vitamin D in their skin, which enables them to absorb dietary calcium. UV light is filtered out by glass in windows, so placing the habitat next to a window is not sufficient. UV lights designed specifically for birds should shine on the habitat 10 to 12 hours a day and be changed every six months when their potency wanes
  • Bathing: Water dishes should be large enough for birds to bathe in. Birds who don’t bathe regularly can be misted gently a few times a week with warm water from a plant mister to help them maintain healthy plumage

Cleaning your sun conure’s habitat 

Spot-clean the habitat daily, removing discarded food and droppings from perches. Thoroughly wash and dry food bowls daily. Replace substrate or habitat liner at least once a week or more often as needed, especially if the habitat houses more than one bird. Regularly clean and disinfect your pet’s habitat and perches by:

  • Moving your conure into a secure place (such as another habitat or travel carrier) in a separate air space
  • Washing the habitat, perches and toys with a bird habitat cleaner or 3% bleach solution, ensuring all trace amounts of habitat cleaner or bleach are washed off so there is no residue to which your bird could be exposed
    • Do not use any cleaning agents around your bird. Birds’ respiratory tracts are very sensitive to anything aerosolized, and cleaning product fumes can be harmful
  • Thoroughly drying the habitat and its contents
  • Replacing substrate or liner, perches and toys
  • Returning your conure to their habitat
  • Replace perches, dishes and toys when worn or damaged. Rotate new toys into the habitat regularly.


What to feed your sun conure

A well-balanced sun conure diet consists of:

  • Nutritionally complete and balanced pelleted food specially formulated for conures, which should make up 60 to 70% of your conure’s diet, plus smaller amounts of fresh vegetables, fruits and fortified seeds as an occasional treat
  • Clean, fresh water, changed daily
  • Do not feed birds avocados, fruit seeds, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol, which are toxic to birds and can cause illness or death if consumed, and avoid salty, sugary and fatty treats

Things to remember when feeding your sun conure:

  • Fresh food and water should always be available
  • Vegetables and fruits not eaten within a few hours should be discarded
  • Treats should not exceed 10% of total food intake
  • Provide separate food dishes for dry food, fresh food and water. If more than one conure is housed in a single habitat, provide multiple feeding stations to reduce competition
  • Although birds are social and like to eat when their flock mates eat, never share food from your plate or your mouth; people have microorganisms in their mouths that can cause illness in birds
  • Since conures remove the hulls from seeds before eating them, they do not need to be offered grit to grind up food

Sun conure care

Bird pet parents should avoid using nonstick cookware and other appliances with nonstick coating. When heated, these items can release colorless, odorless fumes that can kill birds when inhaled.

  • Pet parents should socialize birds daily daily. Birds need daily time out of their habitats to exercise and get comfortable with their pet parents and families. When out of their habitats, conures must be supervised at all times so they don’t injure themselves or get into anything inappropriate
  • Birds need regular grooming, including nail trimming, every few weeks to months. Nails should be trimmed by a trained person to prevent injury to the bird
  • Beaks should not need regular trimming in most cases, unless they have an underlying condition (such as liver disease) that can cause abnormal beak growth. Birds’ beaks normally maintain in good condition with daily use
  • Clipping the outermost five flight feathers, when done correctly, can help prevent injury or escape. Consult an avian veterinarian on what is best for your bird

Where to buy

Petco sells sun conures in select stores. Call your local location ahead of time to ensure availability.


Habitat mates

Sun conures can be kept alone to bond with pet parents or in pairs to bond with each other. Different types of birds should not be housed together.


Signs of a healthy sun conure

  • Active, alert and sociable
  • Eats, drinks and passes droppings throughout the day
  • Dry nares and bright, dry eyes
  • Supple skin on legs and feet and smooth beak
  • Clean, dry vent
  • Smooth, well-groomed feathers

Additional information


Male, Female


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