The Pionus parrot is the best kept secret of the bird world. It’s got all of the good qualities of the popular companion species, with few of the negative aspects that often occur with parrots.
COLOR : blue, green
SIZE : medium LIFESPAN : 30 + years SOUNDS : Vocal communicator INTERACTION : Social
Speech & Sound Pionus aren’t known as the best talkers, but some individuals can garner quite an impressive vocabulary.
Personality & Behavior The Pionus, in general, is known to be a quiet, easy-going, slightly-standoffish, mid-sized parrot. In truth, these descriptions are based on comparisons to the more commonly kept parrot species. Compared to the Amazon, conure and macaw, the Pionus is indeed quiet. Compared to lovebirds and African greys, it is very easy-going. Compared to cockatoos, it is a little standoffish. But Pionus lovers tell a different story — their birds are affectionate (though not complete love-sponges), quieter than other parrots (though not silent!), and they are attentive and sweet.
The Pionus is a change from the “everyday” parrot, quite the novelty. A Pionus parrot can live 25 to 40 years if properly cared for, so it’s not a relationship best entered into on a whim.
Pionus parrots are all roughly between 10 and 12 inches in length and are basically the same shape, with a short, square tail like Amazon parrots; they all have a bare, fleshy eye-ring circling the entire eye; and they all have red feathers at the vent (underneath the tail)