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waseema - 2012-03-08
Hi guys. I have a blue headed pionus parrot. Its about 1year and 2 months old. Wen can I start training hom to talk?

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Thank you - 2006-04-04
I happen to ADORE the whole Pionus family. A lot. A little to much. You don't even WANT to know how many birds I have. I have three male Blue-headed Pionus, Dusty, Lucas, and Tiboo, a female Bronze-winged Pionus named Whoopee, a male White-capped Pionus named Snow Cap,a female Maximilian's Pionus named Dandy, and a male Senegal parrot named Umpa (You feel kinda bad for the Senegal, don't ya?). Dusty was the bird who brought me into the world of birds. He WAS. He, sadly, passed away yesterday, April 3, 2006 of old age. I thank him for what he has done for me in his 37 year old life. I miss him, but I know he will always be with me... :-)

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Pete Greyghost - 2010-11-15
You have not met Capri, my recently acquired bird. He does not know the meaning of quiet, maybe because he seems to be very intelligent. He likes to make and use tools to scratch himself, he talks incessantly in a low voice. You can tell that he is saying something, but it is too low to make out and he seems to have an extensive vocabulary!
He was about 15 years old when his previous owner died and her daughter gave Capri to me.
I very seldom wear a hat, but due to cold weather, I walked into the room with my cowboy hat on. Capri tilted his head side to side to get a good look and very plainly said, "What?" He did repeat it and would not leave me alone until I let him touch it.
He loves music and will sing along with it.
A very interesting bird and is totally full of surprises. He is forever coming up with new phrases or expressions.

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Luvshaq - 2006-07-21
I have a white-crowned pionus named Ted. He is 5 years old. Up until 1 week ago he was perfectly healthy (or appeared so). However he now has a virus (respiratory) and has become very ill (almost died). I have always had a problem with his diet being inadequate because he won't eat or try anything but seeds. He is under a vet's care and I am feeding him hand rearing formula but I am looking for tips and recipes to make his diet more varied and to get his weight back up to normal. I love my guy and when he is well he is a delight.

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  • Steph - 2010-09-21
    Hey Luvshaq,
    I know a trick that works well with parakeets. They are more social so if you place the food you are trying to introduce to them on a mirror they are more likely to at least investigate it. It is like they are seeing their reflection as another bird!
    Hope this helps you!
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Chris Watkins - 2009-08-19
I have a funny story. I bought what I thought was a Max. Pionus from a Pet store the pet store even thought it was a Max. read all articles on this site and come to find out it was a White Cap Pionus instead. His name is Maxx. He kills me with his " Whatch Doing " and " I'm a good boy " statements, they always make me laugh. He is a lil nippy, but just enough to let me know he is there. He doesn't break skin anymore. All in all I am so Happy I bought him. I would do it all over again.

Chris Watkins
Freehold NJ

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Barb - 2008-01-14
I have a White Capped Pionus whose name is Abigail Anne. She is 14 years old and I have had her since she was 5 weeks old. She is very sweet to me although she is not real thrilled about other people. We have been through much together. She went through a period of snapping her feathers and the vet put her on an anti-anxiety med which helped. I think she liked the sound also. She likes to snap the threads on my t shirts when she is on me, so I now give her my old white socks (I weave them into the bars of her cage next to a perch) she enjoys shredding them.
She also enjoys eating a variety of foods, I give her mixed veggies and fruit every day. She also LOVES pasta and looks like she has a growth on her beak when she is digging into a dish of her favorite - spaghetti! She is a joy to have although she does "call" for me if I leave the room she is in.
Parrots are a lot of work, but if you have the time to invest, they are a real joy.

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Ivette - 2007-09-15
I have a white cap pionus named Snow. Snow is 11 months now and is the best thing. Snow already says a couple of phrases such as "up up" when she wants to be picked up and she always calls for PaPa. They are the best pets for apartments and get along with others pets.

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Becky - 2007-07-31
Nacho has been with me since he was 1-1/2 years old. He aggravates the various cats and dogs that have come into our lives. He thinks he is a pterydactyl and they should all "fear" him. They pretty much give him his space. He even chases Max (the cocker spaniel (bird dog)) back through the dog door if he comes near his cage.

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Charles - 2007-01-22
my wife and I live in Peru for three to four months out of the year. At home, in south Florida, we have a Quaker and miss him dearly, when we are away, Traveling back from South America with a bird is impossible. So taking him is impossible. So we went looking, in Lima. We came across our Bluehead and fell in love.

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Pam West - 2006-01-10
We got "Sonny" this year as a Christmas present (2005). He is a white capped pionus. He will be 2 years old in June. I must say that this parrot just fascinates me!
He is so tame! My five year old dtr. loves to get him out of his cage. Having a small child I was concerned about a biting issue with any bird. Also, our household contains 3 dogs and 1 indoor cat! The pionus has proven to be exactly what I have read. Of course, I put the dogs out and lock the cat up when it's bird time outside the cage but our sometimes chaotic household does not seem to bother him. I just love him. Everyone who visits our home has held him and he is as good with smaller children as he is with adults. I would highly recommend this bird to anyone looking for a bird that your children can hold. Of course, they have to be calm when holding him, as any bird would scare with sudden movement. He mimics the phone, I have caught him privately whistling the tune to "Andy Griffith" and he is truly hilarious when he copies me laughing! Trust me, you can not go wrong with a pionus!

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