It was in 1993 when I got my first Pionus parrot. My sister had given me a baby Maximilian’s Pionus that she had hand-fed. I now own six out of the eight Pionus species and can attest that the Pionus is full of personality and makes great pet companions.
The six species that are most commonly kept as pets are the Maximilian’s, blue-headed, white-capped, bronze-winged, dusky and coral-billed Pionus. The coral-billed Pionus is less likely to be found in pet stores, as it is still a bit rarer. The plum-crowned and white-headed Pionus are harder to come by, and I don’t foresee them being readily available in the pet trade for several years to come.
**For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**
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