Animal Friend of the Week: Sun Conures

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Sun Conures are very social and are known for their very loud squawks and screams compared to their comparatively small size – so you’ll probably hear them when you’re out and about in the Zoo.

Some of our flock were hand-reared after being rejected by their mother, andhese birds in particular are very friendly with the staff who raised them.

In the wild

IUCN: Endangered

Sun Conures, also known as Sun Parakeets, are native to northeastern South America. They form monogamous pairs as young as four months old, live in large flocks, and can live up to 30 years.

Their bright and beautiful colouring, combined with their intelligence and curious temperaments, make Sun Conures popular pets.

Unfortunately, they are now endangered and in decline primarily due to excessive trapping for the pet trade – which means that there are more Sun Conures living as pets than in the wild. They are now protected under the Wild Bird Conservation Act which bans the importation of wild–caught birds, and conservationists hope this will help to increase their numbers in the wild.

Wellington Zoo

Animal Friend of the Week Challenge Logo-

I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

Thanks for visiting.

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