Byrd, the Blue Headed Pionus

by Cindy
(Richmond, Kentucky)

I adopted Byrd a little over a year ago. She is six years old and I am her third home. Her last family said she bit them every time they tried to get her out of her cage. She is very attached to her cage, but doesn't usually bite me if I let her come out on her own before messing with her. Even when she does bite, it's not usually very hard and then she is very docile and wants to be picked up and scratched.

She is a VERY quiet bird. She says a few things, but only in a soft whispery voice. She whistles softly too. My male cockatiel is a LOT louder than Byrd is.

Byrd is not very cuddly, but does enjoy a head scratch. She tolerates showers with me. She dunks her food into her water before she eats it, no matter what I feed her.

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Dec 01, 2011
by: katyabird

She sounds like a wonderful bird. I had a blue headed Pionus also. she basically did the same things. she is territorial of her cage. if you want to break her of this you can read articles how to do so.
I haven't met a Pionus that does enjoy a good bath or shower. How often are you giving her a shower? She doesn't need them very often. Pionus have a naturally musky smell to them, if you smell this and think she is dirty and needs a shower, she doesn't. that is just the nature of a Pionus.
AS far as dunking her food, that is normal parrot behavior as well. be sure to give her some soft fruit and veggies as well as her pellets and treats.

Nov 30, 2011
Byrd, the Blue Headed Pionus
by: Linda

You are doing very well with your bird. Lots of times people get rid of their birds because they don't want to take the time to work with them. They expect a "perfect bird", and there is NO such thing on this planet. All birds have to be worked with, sometimes tamed and all need some training. People tend to give up if it's not easy, and this means lots of birds end up in abusive homes because other people kind of throw them away because they actually require some work.

If you have not already had your new bird examined by an Avian Vet, then do so now. If your bird has any bacterial infections, these are highly contageous, and your other bird will also need to be diagnosed and treated. Always take new birds to be examined by an Avian Vet during the first few days you have them so you know they are healthy and not carrying any kind of internal/external parasites or infections.

Keep up the good work and thank you for taking this very sweet bird into your home!


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