What Is the Life Expectancy of a Sun Conure?

Your feathered friend may outlive some of the other pets in your home. Generally, sun conurse have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, but some sun conures have lived to 30 years of age. Genetics play a big role in how long your sun conure lives. However, you can do a few things to keep your feathered pal around for as long as possible.

Lovely Sun Conure bird
A sun conure.
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Good Health and Long Life

Your chirping chum needs a varied diet. Pellets should account for only 60 percent to 70 percent of his diet. Accompany pellets with small bites of fruits, vegetables and whole grains -- avoid giving him fruit seeds, avocado, chocolate and anything with caffeine. He’ll need constant access to fresh water. Sun conures are social; they like to play. Without toys and interaction, they’re more likely to pick out their feathers when bored. Feather plucking can be caused by poor diet or illness which can shorten the bird's life. Sun conures are susceptible to psittacine diseases, illnesses that affect parrot breeds. If you notice beak swelling, open sores, wheezing, poor appetite, swollen eyes, diarrhea or favoring one foot, take your bird in to see a specialist. These warning signs could indicate an illness.