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.
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). Those are the only physical characteristics Pionus share — they differ so vastly in color, it can be puzzling why the field biologists put them all in the same species.
The Pionus parrot isn’t the most popular of parrots — it’s often out-flashed, out-colored, out-talked and out-numbered by many of the more commonly kept parrot species. The Pionus isn’t much like its South American cousin, the feisty Amazon parrot, though it is shaped like a smaller Amazon; the Pionus is not as talkative as an African grey parrot, though it is as quiet and devoted; the Pionus is not as vivid or flashy as the many conures, though it is the same size. So what is it about this bird that so attracts fanciers?
Perhaps the reason why die-hard bird folks are fascinated with the Pionus is because it’s not the most popular avian companion — it’s special. Most people who have a Pionus (or a flock of them) don’t know too many other Pionus people unless they meet them on the Internet.
Native Region / Natural Habitat
The eight species of Pionus parrot are found in a wide range of South and Central America. They tend to inhabit forested areas, savannas and mountainous regions.
Care & Feeding
Pionus parrots are typically good eaters. They should be offered a formulated main diet, such as our Premium House Blend.