This week, I saw my first sun parakeet at Birdworld in Kuranda and I was amazed by their beautiful colours.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Also called sun conures, these amazing birds grow to about 30 cm long. They are mostly yellow, but also have an orange face that gets redder near the eyes, green and blue wings, a green tail and black beak.
- Their sharp beaks help them to climb around in trees and eat a range of fruit, flowers and seeds.
- Sun parakeets like to live in small groups of 20-30. They are very quiet when eating, but make very loud squawks when flying.
- They start to form breeding pairs when only 4-5 months old and they stay together for life. The female lays 3-4 eggs in a tree hollow and incubates the eggs herself. Both the mum and dad help to feed the chicks.
- Sun parakeets are found in the forests and woodlands of southern Guyana and northern Brazil. They used to be very common, but now are considered endangered due to poaching for the pet trade.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about sun parakeets?