///// I by Damienne Bingham


Small (15.5" x 23.2")

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Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)
Jurong Bird Park,
Singapore. 2010.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
f/2.5, 1/500s, ISO 200

The Sun Conure is listed as “threatened” on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.

The Sun Parakeet or Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis) is a medium-sized brightly colored parrot native to northeastern South America. The adult male and female are similar in appearance, with predominantly golden-yellow plumage and orange-flushed underparts and face. It is commonly kept in aviculture. The species is endangered, threatened by loss of habitat and trapping for the pet trade.

On average, Sun Parakeets weigh approximately 110 g (4 oz) and are around 30 cm (12 in) long. They are sexually monomorphic.

Adults have a rich yellow crown, nape, mantle, lesser wing-coverts, tips of the greater wing-coverts, chest, and underwing-coverts. The face and belly are orange with red around the ears. The base of the greater wing-coverts, tertials, and base of the primaries are green, while the secondaries, tips of the primaries, and most of the primary coverts are dark blue. The tail is olive-green with a blue tip. From below, all the flight feathers are dark greyish. The bill is black. The legs and the bare eye-ring are grey, but the latter often fades to white in captivity (so using amount of grey or white in the eye-ring for determining “purity” of an individual can be misleading). It is easily confused with the closely related Jandaya Parakeet and Sulphur-breasted Parakeet, but the former has entirely green wing-coverts, mantle and vent, while the latter has green mottling to the mantle and less orange to the underparts. The Sun Parakeet is also superficially similar to the pale-billed Golden Parakeet.

Juvenile Sun Parakeets display a predominantly green plumage and resemble similar-aged Sulphur-breasted Parakeets. The distinctive yellow, orange, and reddish colouration on the back, abdomen, and head is attained with maturity. (care of Wikipedia)

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Incredible macro Damioenne- took me a while tp put it all together, but I got there! Drawn by the color!

  • Thanks Rosie, I’m so glad you like it! I was fascinated by the texture and colour too!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    Very interesting abstract of bird feathers. This is a great tactile piece, as well.

    Wow, isn’t the Sun Conure a very popular bird in the pet stores? Maybe that’s why it’s endangered? Aw. They are so pretty.

  • Thank you very much! You’re right, they are very pretty, and popular – but they have such attitude, I’m not sure I’d be able to keep one!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 3 years ago

    Such an awesome photo of colors – truly beautiful.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • FeeBeeDee
    FeeBeeDeeover 3 years ago

    Looking closely, I thought maybe it was layers of fabric, because I could see the fraying of the edges. Then I saw your description. I’ve never looked at feathers so closely before! Beautiful, and I love the colors. Wonderful abstract.

  • Thank you very much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yes I felt it looked like fabric as well! Fascinating how abstracting something from its context can change it entirely!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Lisa Knechtel
    Lisa Knechtelover 3 years ago

    Such colour and texture!!! Truly magnificent.

  • Thank you Lisa!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Excellent work!

  • Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Bluesky65
    Bluesky65over 3 years ago

    Stunning capture! Very abstract)))

  • Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • VallaV
    VallaVover 3 years ago

    Excellent rhythm and tremendous colors!

  • Thanks Valery that’s a great comment. I’m glad you enjoyed this!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • hampshirelady
    hampshireladyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work.

  • Thanks Sue!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • sunchaser
    sunchaserover 3 years ago

    You have a great eye!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

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