Blue-Headed Pionus

(Pionus menstruus)

Native: Amazonia – Costa Rica, Venezuela, Trinidad, Bolivia & Brazil.

Habitat: Humid or semi-humid regions of forest and semi-open country.

Status-

Captivity: Common

Wild: Common

Diet: Fruit, seeds, berries, blossom and sometimes grain.

Interesting Facts

Compared to most other Parrot species, the Pionus is considered to have a laid-back attitude. What might be most noticeable however is their sound… or lack of it. The Pionus is quiet and reserved, but certainly not the extent of complete silence. Like most parrots, it is practically impossible to tell the difference between the male and female visually. Their young are born with much less blue on their head. They moult into their adult plumage at around 8 months old but it can take up to two years for the full blue hood to emerge. They were once the best known Pionus species in aviculture, but now Maximilian’s are more numerous.

 

Our Billy: While not a Blue-headed Pionus, Billy is a member of the aforementioned Maximilian Pionus family. There are not enough words to describe Billy’s good humoured, easy going nature but over the years he has built up a fan base, particularly amongst children, that quite possibly makes him the most popular bird on the path. There are many families that bring their children just to see Billy, and he is usually the VIP guest at a birthday party. He has the tolerance and patience of a saint and sits happily and contently on just about anyone. However, it can take many hours of socialising with Billy for him to come out of his shell and to show his true, wonderful nature. Billy is a gently and somewhat fragile bird that earns his nuts and deserves a special place on the Parrot Path Hall of Fame.

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