How noisy might this Sun Conure be?

by Julie
(Illinois)

Hi - I hope you can help me. My husband & I are considering purchasing a 12-week-old sun conure which was born with a leg injury. This bird has special needs which do not concern me - we are willing to accommodate him/her to make his life as comfortable as possible. My concern is the potential noise they can make.

This bird seems very calm - could that be just because he is so young? I have only heard him "peep" softly to this point. He looks at me when I speak to him and lets me scratch his belly and hold him. Some of the other birds we've looked at intimidate me.

I have 2 dogs and 2 rabbits and want to be sure EVERYONE in the house is happy. Is it possible this could be a calm (quieter) bird or is the noise a sure thing to come? We are deciding between the sun conure and a green cheek conure. The sun conure has a little trouble getting around and I know we can provide a good home for him. Any info you can provide would be appreciated! Thank you!

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Aug 28, 2009
Conures and Noise
by: Linda

Yes, as far as I know, all the conures can be noisy, and they are usually NOT noisy all the time. So, if your bird's needs are met, he may limit his noise.

I highly recommend you take this baby to an Avian Vet BEFORE you buy him as he may have a lot more wrong with him than just his leg. If you are buying from a pet store, I recommend you stay away from pet stores. A lot of the chains like PetSmart and Petco and even some of the smaller more independent ones buy from "bird mill" breeders, and most all of them are sick and/or malformed. You would be a God Send to this little bird, and you need to be allowed to take him to Avian vet first or have them take him to Avian Vet with you along for the ride. If they say that is NOT possible, you need to look elsewhere for your bird. If, however, you are wanting to rescue this little bird, please tell them what you will offer them--NOT what they are asking unless it is extremely reasonable. The reason for this is that you are going to spend money on this one from the beginning. He may be sick in addition to his leg malformation. His leg could also have been broken either in the nest or in the pet store, so they need to be willing to see what can be done for his leg if you are willing to take him in. His not making much noise IS a baby thing, and do you know if he's weaned? Even if he is weaned, baby parrots can and do "revert" back to infantile behaviors for a while after changing homes. Ask people who have him what the status of his weaning is. You may need to handfeed him with a syringe for a while. Tracie carries baby parrot handfeeding formulas out here, and they need to be fed with a syringe. You will need to learn how to do so in case he needs a little help with eating at first. He will need to eat an organic, high quality pellet like Harrisons and the organic veggies they recommend along with it. You will need NO vitamin/mineral supplements in ANY FORM if using Harrisons.

I hope you do take him in, and I just want you to be educated and aware that vet MAY or MAY NOT be able to fix his leg if it was broken, and he may also have other problems. He is WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY IF YOU HAVE BOTH. The Sun Conure is one of the most loving of the conures, and they are ALL charming, funny little characters who, at times, do get loud. Any parrot can get loud if its needs are not met on a regular basis, or just BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE IT, so keep that in mind as well.

Linda


Aug 28, 2009
Sun Conure vs Green Cheek Conure
by: Tracie

You are so sweet to be willing to help a bird with a disability!

I have to tell you, Sun Conures are known for being very loud with shrill voices. Green Cheeks are said to be quiet and not as loud, but I beg to differ there. My two GC's could be heard from one end of the house to the other with 4 doors closed between them.

On the other hand, I know a sweet lady with a Sun Conure that only makes loud noise in the morning and evening like most birds do. I also know of people with Green Cheeked Conures that are quiet, so to speak. Honestly, all conures make noise and it depends on the person listening on whether they consider it loud or not. ;-)

The whole situation is full of unknowns, I am glad you are doing your research first! If there is a way for you to find a breeder of Sun Conures where you can go and listen to how they sound, it would be a good idea.

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