Dusky Pionus for Sale
The Pionus Parrot is a medium-sized parrot native to Mexico and South America. Characteristics of Pionus parrots are a chunky body, bare eye-rings, and short square tails. Pionus parrots are between 10 and 12 inches in length. Pionus parrots have bare and fleshy eye- rings circling the entire eye.
The Pionus parrot has eight sub species: Blue-headed, Bronze-winged, and Dusky. Maximilian’s, Coral-billed or Red-billed, Plum-crowned, White-crowned, and White-headed Pionus parrots.
Pionus parrots tend to inhabit forested areas, savannas, and mountain regions.
Pionus parrots eat a formulated main diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Dusky Pionus for Sale
Pionus parrots are known to be a quiet, easy-going and slightly standoffish. These descriptions are based on comparison to other pet parrot species. Pionus parrots are very affectionate, easy-going, attentive and sweet.
Pionus parrots aren’t probably the best talkers and they will not have a crystal clear voice, but the Pionus owner can understand what the bird is saying. A house full of screaming children, barking dogs and television noise can easily teach a Pionus to be noisy.
The Pionus Parrot is often overlooked because it seems drab-looking, but these parrots are great family pets.
Pionus look like small Amazons and they both have similar traits. Pionus tend to be quieter and not as agressive as Amazons. However, male Pionus still tend to be more aggressive than females, especially during breeding season. Pionus also tend to bond to a whole family rather than just one person like the Amazon.
Pionus are also capable of talking, though they don’t usually have a wide vocabulary. Their voices are soft and a bit raspy, but if you listen closely, they can be enjoyable communicators. Pionus are also rather quiet, so they make a good pet if you are living in an apartment but wish to have a larger pet bird.
Pionus also don’t crave attention. They do need daily interaction, but they are independent enough to be happy playing on their own as well. These are great companion parrots that should not be overlooked!
Pionus parrots, like most medium-sized parrots, can be very nippy. You definitely need to know how to train your Pionus if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you and your friends/family. However, if you don’t know how to train a Pionus, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.
For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program. Whether your parrot is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy.
Pionus parrots are known for their quiet (compared to many other parrots) and reserved natures. Unlike some other companion parrots, aviculturists have noted that they are not particularly energetic, and do not generally enjoy hands-on play (for example, being flipped on their backs), but they do provide companionship and are described as gentle and charming pets.
The Pionus parrots are devoted to their owners and thrive on attention – however, some of them, particularly males, may bond with one person and aggressively protect that person from perceived dangers, including other family members. They are active by nature and may become overweight if closely confined.
Even though these parrots are less noisy birds than other parrots, they do make light, high-pitched squeaking calls that might annoy those who are sensitive to noise.
When excited or frightened, birds of this genus emit a characteristic wheezing or snorting sound that is sometimes mistaken for a sign of distress, or a symptom of disease. They also give off a musky or sweet odor that some caretakers find unpleasant, but others enjoy.
Attention: The Pionus parrots demand less time than their larger cousins. As long as they are given sufficient attention by their owner in the morning and/or evening (AT LEAST a couple of hours), they generally can be left alone during the day. They should be given the opportunity to exercise outside the cage and enjoy activities with their owner. Birds that spend most of the day in the cage also should be given a large cage that will accommodate toys and room for exercise.