Toetally Birds

Aviary and handreared birds for sale


Sun Conures 


Scientific name: Aratinga solstitialis 

Life span: 20-30 years

Country of origin: South and Central America

Pet owner knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance

Breeder knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance


Sun Conures as aviary birds:

Juvenile Sun Conures are mostly green on the wings and back with a mix of green, yellow and orange colours on the head and chest (as can been seen in the photos of the babies we have handreared). Over a period of about 6-8 months, most of the green feathers will be molted out and replaced by brilliant yellow ones on the chest, head and back.


Sun Conures as pets:

Sun Conures are capable of learning to talk, although their range is limited and their voices are squeaky and birdlike. They like to imitate amusing sounds (microwave beeps, etc.). They really enjoy human attention, especially if there is no other bird around for them to groom and play with. Screeching is normal for most parrots (it is their way of showing their emotions) but Sun Conures are particularly prone to it and loud! Particularly in the morning and the evening, you can expect this behaviour for ten minutes to half an hour. Sun conures will also greet you when you have been away by screeching which is their way of saying hello. They will often screech when playing happily with their toys or you for that matter. So these birds are not suited to those who can't handle loud noises or live in appartments.



Green Cheek Conures 

Scientific name: Pyrrhura molinae

Life span: 30-40 years

Country of origin: South America

Pet owner knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance

Breeder knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance

Description:  The Green-cheeked Conure is primarily green, with a grey breast, dark head, maroon tail and blue flight feathers. Its average weight is about 70 g - but the general weight range of this species is between 60 to 80 grams. The average length (including tail) is 10 - 11 inches (25 -27 cm). They are very similar to the Maroon-bellied Conure (P. frontalis) - these a rarer in Australia and a bit dearer.

Green Cheek Conures as aviary birds:  

Green Cheek Conure Mutations:  There are many mutations of the Green Cheek Conure, the most common being the Cinnamon (black feathers are replaced with cinnamon coloured ones and the dark red on the belly is lighter), Yellow sided (Yellow down the sides of the chest and body) and the more dearer Pinapple (a combination of the cinnamon and yellow sided mutations). There are also mutations where there is more blue and/or green in the body of the bird, with these mutations existing in the more specialised avicultural collections.

Green Cheek Conures as pets: Green cheek conures are very playful and cuddly birds. They have big personalities for such small birds and can be refered to as a 'big bird in a small body'. They have become a favorite in the pet trade because of their sweet personalities and fun nature. They can be compared to cockatoos in terms of cuddliness. They like to be held (although some like it more than others) and can be tought tricks quite easily, such as lying on their backs (all though if you watch Green Cheeks at play you will see that this is a natural thing for them!). However, individual differences do exist, as some green conures will accept cuddling only on their terms. But these are the exception to the rule. Most seem to thoroughly enjoy cuddling with their favourite person. Green cheeks are not considered to be good talkers, however, there are many cases of green cheeks that can talk quite well. The majority of green cheeks say only a few things, and there is no guarantee that they will ever learn to talk. They also have soft and gravelly voices, so even if they try to talk, they may not say anything understandable. But there are also some green cheeks who talk a lot. One of our handreared Cinnamon Green Cheeks learnt to say his name and 'Good boy' shortly after arriving at his new home, so they can be full of surprises despite what is expected to be the norm. On the more negative side, Green Cheeks are very 'mouthy' birds that love to feel everything with their beak and tongue. They will often apply a bit more pressure to make it feel like a bite. This can be controlled through continual training and if you see them going to get a little rough, training to understand 'no' or 'gentle' can prevent a more hardy nip. It is important to school your bird to avoid nasty habits evolving regardless of the species.





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