They are native to South America and we can find this species in tropical regions. Sun parakeets measure some 30cm long and weigh approximately 110g. In their youth they have predominantly green feathers, but when they become adults this colour turns into bright colours with yellow, orange and red on their tails, chest and head. However, wild specimens have slightly different colouring, depending on where they live.
They do not present with pronounced sexual dimorphism and the pair are normally together for the duration of their life. In general, they lay 3 or 4 eggs, which hatch between 23 and 27 days. The babies are fed by both parents and take some seven weeks to leave the nest, becoming fully independent at 10 weeks and reaching sexual maturity when they are 2.
Sun parakeets feed on all types of fruit and small seeds. Their life expectancy is between 15 and 30 years, but they are at the risk of becoming extinct due to the illegal trade of pets.