Pionus Parrots are so beautiful and sweet in nature. They can learn to speak a few words and have a pleasant personality.
There are 8 species, but only 5 species are commonly kept in the United States. These include the Blue Headed (Pionus menstruus, White Capped (P.senillis), Maxmilian (P.maxmiliani), Dusky (P.fuscus) and Bronze Winged (P.chalcopterus). The Coral-Billed Pionus Parrot (P.sordidus) is not commonly kept, therefore is not listed as a companion parrot most of the time.
Pionus parrots originate from Central and South America.
A nutritionally balanced diet for Pionus parrots consist of fresh fruits,vegetables, a high quality seed mix, and commercial parrot pellets. Replenishing clean drinking water twice daily or any time water has been contaminated is a necessary step in maintaining a healthy parrot.
Foods rich in Vitamin A such as cooked sweet potato are highly recommended. Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list.
Mature females are ready for breeding at 4 to 5 years of age. Females will lay up to five eggs. Incubation is about 26 days. Chicks can be pulled from the nest for handfeeding at 2 to 3 weeks of age. Chicks will be ready to wean at approximately 3 to 4 months old.
When choosing a bird cage, we highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in. The cage should be big enough for them to spread out their entire wing-span and climb around the cage.
The bird cage should be kept in an area where the family spends the most time, usually the living or dining room. Parrots are suseptible to colds so keeping your parrot away from any drafts will prevent your feathered family member from becoming ill due to the environment being too cold.
Pionus parrots are sometimes overlooked because of the other colorful companion parrots to choose from. Pionus are quieter than other parrots and are recommended for those wanting a small to medium size parrot, and those living in an apartment with close neighbors that would not tolerate loud parrot callings.
A good variety of safe and colorful toys for your Pionus to chew and play with will keep them happy and satisfied while you are away. In our experience with having Pionus Parrots, we have discovered that they are truly the perfect parrot for those looking for a more reserved, low maintenance, and independent bird.