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Easy As Pi

Pionus parrots set the standard for “good bird”

By Roger Sweeney

Pionus parrots make a great choice as a pet bird for many homes; I have been saying that for years. Among the many species of domestic-bred parrots, I have recommended Pionus parrots more than any other type of parrot in conversation with a prospective pet owner. They have several great attributes that, for many homes, makes them a great choice. This does not mean that they are the perfect parrot, or the best choice for everyone, but Pionus are among the more adaptable and social companion birds.

When I think of Pionus parrots, five things immediately come to mind: size, voice, personality, gentleness and low-maintenance — an impressive list of qualities. But before you imagine that every young Pionus parrot goes to its new home with a halo above its head, lets take a closer look at these qualities as a comparable factor between species, not a definite rule. (A species described as quieter will not necessarily be quiet, and a species described as generally tame does not guarantee that each individual will adapt well to the home environment. A Pionus parrot is still a parrot, with all of the general parrot nuances, such as  vocalization, mess, occasional nips and bites, etc.)

**For the full article, pick up the June issue of BIRD TALK**

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