The playful pionus
The pionus parrot (pronounced pi-oh-nus) is not a well-known species to the average person. They definitely take a back seat to their more colorful parrot cousins. But their larger than life and outgoing personality that makes them an attractive choice to perspective new owners.
The pionus are fun and active birds that enjoy some raucous and rowdy playtime. The pionus is sometimes compared with the caique in their style of play. They are fairly adept at mimicking, and are intelligent parrots. As is always the case with intelligence, it is typically accompanied by unusual behavior.
A friend once told me that her two maximillian pionus parrots would resort to complete deception when frightened. They would begin “gasping”. They might mimic convulsions or a loss of coordination to the point of “falling” from its perch. All of this drama could be brought on by the appearance of a broom – the symptoms would remarkably vanish as soon as the broom did. No doubt, this a tactic to deter the attack of predators in the wild. Does it work? Who knows? But it scared my friend half to death on more than one occasion.
As amusing, and interesting, as this story is, one has to consider the likeliness that this species of parrot is smart enough to use manipulation of other sorts to get its way. We owners can be easily distracted by their charm and fall right into their trap. It is in everyone’s best interest to establish a plan for peaceful co-existence as soon as the new bird has adjusted to being in your home.
How to bond with your pionus parrot
By nature, the pionus makes a pleasant companion bird. They are not loud and they play well independently without making too many demands of the humans in their life. This is an easy going bird that doesn’t seem to let stress get in the way of their fun.
Fun for the pionus is laying on its back wrestling a foot toy. Fun is swinging from the plastic chain link by one foot. Fun is around every corner for this playful species. To help maintain a strong bond with your bird, see that you are a part of you pionus’ play regimen.
Training is the ideal way to create strong bonds as it gives you both the opportunity to spend quality time together while building trust and achieving a common goal.
You will want to establish a time during each day for uninterrupted interaction that involves direct eye contact and your undivided attention. This way, your pionus will view you as something more than a caregiver – you will become a human flock mate.