Pet Birds: Pionus Parrots
Looking to buy birds? If the prospect of becoming the owner of an exotic bird appeals to you, one breed that could appeal is the Pionus parrot.
These colourful parrots originate from the jungles of Central and South America, and tend to be quieter, calmer birds than many other parrots common to aviculture, such as Amazon parrots. Learn more about the benefits of taking on Pionus parrots for sale in the guide below.
Birds For Sale: Pionus Parrots
Pionus parrots come in several varieties, with the Blue Headed Pionus and the Maximilian Pionus perhaps the two most common parrots of this kind in the UK. Small to medium in size, Pionus parrots tend to have a stocky build, with the face of the bird distinguished by the bird’s large, ringed eyes.
The body of the average Pionus parrot tends to be green, although the distribution of the colouring can vary from bird to bird. Any Pionus owner will have a real treat examining the feathering of these birds under light, as this is where the true variety of colour offered by the average Pionus parrot can be scrutinised at close quarters.
These parrots have become increasingly popular as pet birds in recent years, mostly as a result of their inquisitive nature and calm temperament. Some bird enthusiasts can be put off by the idea of keeping a parrot due to concerns over noise and destructive behaviour, but Pionus parrots are a reliable choice for the first time owner as they are less attention-seeking then some birds, happy to entertain themselves.
However, it is sensible to invest in some bird toys to ensure these parrots are kept mentally stimulated when the house falls quiet. Pionus parrots are also one of the few exotic birds suitable for apartments, as they require very little maintenance in comparison to more active species such as Conures and Amazons.
One character trait of the bird that any prospective Pionus owner should guard against is aggression. Although these birds are, for the most part, extremely calm, they can become strongly attached to their owner, responding in a hostile manner to strangers. Regular socialisation from an early age can help to curb this tendency.
Finally, in terms of nutrition and diet, Pionus parrots commonly tend to feed on seeds (with the exception of sunflower seeds), nuts and pellets, but it’s wise to supplement this with a regular supply of fresh food in the form of fruits and vegetables. Water should also be kept topped up in the bird cage for both drinking and bathing.
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