Sun Conure Parrot

by Alicia

During the day I have school, and I am a first time bird owner so I am still doing research.
So, during the day, do I have to keep my Sun Conure Parrot by a window with the blinds open to leave light in?
Or will it be fine for about 7 and a half hours?

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May 04, 2009
full spectrum light
by: Lori

My birds are aslo in front of windows and get the morning sun but the windows filter it so they still need a full spectrum light. Its best if you can use it about 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. I use the floor lamp but be sure its overhead because it can burn or damage their eyes if its on the side of the cage.
Its tall enough to fit over my greys large cage.
Also be very careful not to buy bells with lead clappers. Lead is toxic to birds. I discovered I had one after I read an article about it. I am very fortunate that my grey only rang the bell and never touched the clapper. My sun conure on the other hand loves to pull the clappers out. Good luck with your sun conure.

May 04, 2009
Sun conure
by: Anonymous

I work and each of my quakers is in front of their own window. I let the sun shine in, but they always have an area in their cage to get out of the sun. They can overheat. They like watching the wild birds fly back and forth. In the winter, I kept them back a few feet so they wouldn't get a chill.
Birds need some sunlight, so as long as there is shade accessable this is great.
Good luck with your sunny. I am planning on getting one the end of June and can't wait. They are beautiful!

May 04, 2009
Parrots and Light
by: Anonymous

Alicia, it is good to hear you are doing research as that is what we have to do with a new animal or bird we are not familiar with. Keep up the good work as there are many things you need to learn about parrots.

As for light, they need about 12 hours of full spectrum light and 12 hours of darkness so they can be fully rested at night. Look into getting a full spectrum light
to put either over his cage (far enough up so he cannot get to cords to climb it or bite it) and/or a floor model so one side of cage can have light and the bird can then make a choice of how much light he needs/wants. Being where he can look out the window while you are gone will give him something different to look at. Just be careful that he is not left, at any time, where the full heat of the sun is on him for more than a few minutes at a time. Also buy appropriate toys for his size--no small wires, and be very careful about bells, as they are sometimes sharp around edges plus are made cheaply where most parrots can take them apart and get hurt. Toys with a mix of soft and hard woods are good as they like to tear up the softer woods which breaks the boredom and helps keep beak honed. Natural wood perches are also a must to keep feet healthy. Stay away from the "Concrete/Sand" types as they dry out the feet. One of my birds lost two of his toes because he liked the rough concrete perch better than the wooden ones. Later, you may consider getting another bird that has its own cage just for companionship while you are at work. It is very sad for a bird to be left all alone day after day.

Keep researching as we never know all there is to know about our birds. Learning goes on and on.

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