Our flock of four sun conures, born on July 4, 2008, are named Yankee, Doodle, Dandy and Uncle Sam. These beautiful little parrots are extremely social and bonded with each other and their trainers. They are constantly playing and full of energy and are determined chewers who go through lots of chew toys. They have been in a free-flight training program here at the Zoo since they were weaned. Although they cannot be seen on exhibit, they can be seen regularly during the summer in our Stage Show and out and about with the Wegmans ZooMobile.
Status in the Wild
The sun conure was uplisted to endangered in the 2008 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. There are a number of threats that make this species endangered. One of them is deforestation. Other threats include hunting for feathers, poaching and captured as sale as pets.
The sun conure can be found in Savannah, coastal forest and palm grove habitats in a relatively small region of north-eastern South America. The sighting of this bird in Savannah habitat is most likely only as it travels from one forest habitat to another.
The main diet of the sun conure is made up of fruits, flowers, berries and nuts.