Pionus parrots in general

These medium-sized parrots look a bit like Amazons, but differ from them due to their typical red vent feathers (the feathers underneath the tail, at the base).  Based on this, ornithologists have classified these parrots into the Pionus genus, consisting of eight species.  We distinguish two groups, the green and darker species.

Species and Subspecies :

Pionus parrots are considered long-winged parrots, since their wings overlap the entire short rectangular tail.
Throughout the years, only a limited number of these parrots have been imported.  Many imported Pionus died in quarantine or during their first year with fanciers, because they are extremely prone to various diseases.  The stress they experienced during their transport was probably the main cause of death.  Acquiring or keeping imported Pionus was and still is a risky undertaking and remains reserved for the very experienced fancier who is well acquainted with all sorts of parrot disease symptoms.  With the help of an experienced vet who can prescribe the right medication, a lot of birds can be saved.  During the last couple of years, many breeders have bred the most common of these imported species in Europe.  These bred birds are less prone to stress and make prolific breeders.  Pionus are very quiet birds in the aviary and will do just fine when able to lead an undisturbed life.  Bred Pionus are fit for breeding already at the age of 2 to 3 years.  Sometimes certain Pionus birds will still produce wheezing hissing sounds when they suddenly feel threatened by a person coming too close. They will defend their territory by trying to distract their rival with their bill wide open.
Pionus are friendly birds that easily become attached to their attendant.  In the brooding season they become extremely aggressive towards their neighbours; double wire is no superfluous luxury then.  My birds never bathe but always take a shower when it rains.  They cling onto the aviary wire with spread wings and tail, making a racket until they are nearly soaking wet.  This makes their plumage shine compared to that of the dusty imported birds.


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