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Maximillian bred by Bruce & Alicia McWatters
Parrots of this South American genus are slightly smaller and have darker
plumage than the amazon parrots. They are medium size with short squarish
tails. They have a distinctive notch in the upper mandible and a prominent
naked cere and eye ring. All have red under tail-coverts which stand out
against their dark colouring.
There are eight species in this genus, of which five are readily available as domestic raised pets in the US. These five are the Blue headed pionus, Bronze wing pionus, Dusky pionus, White cap pionus and Maximillian pionus. The remaining three are the Plum crowned, White head and Coral billed (or sordid) pionus.
Length 29cm, wing 17-21 cm, weight 200-300g.
There is no sexual dimorphism in the adult birds. Very young birds can sometimes be distinguished as the males get a ring of coloured feathers around the neck very early which then disappears.
Northern Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Southern and central Brazil, especially in the Mato grosso region.
hey are very good pets as they are generally good natured and less highly
strung and deamnding than some other birds.
Pionus parrots have a reputation for being a bit staid and sedate. They are known to suffer from getting fat as they tend to just eat and sit on the perch if not entertained.
Pionus parrots in general are reported to be quiet when kept as pets. Baby birds make a distinctive begging sound which sounds like a very small sheep bleating.
Prices usually $400 - $600
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