white cap pionus,parrot

white cap pionus

Pionus are not known for their talking ability. They usually learn to say a few words but never very clearly. The clarity of Pionus "speech" ranges from rather clear to words only a mother could understand. This varies greatly with individuals. Most Pionus do love to learn new and interesting sounds. Microwave beeps, clucking, and whistles are usually considered lots of fun.


When Pionus are first brought home, they often seem to be a bit stand-offish. It is not that they don't like cuddling, but simply that they are shy. With gentle nurturing your Pionus will soon love physical attention. Pionus will never be cuddle bunnies, but they do love having their head, ears, and neck scratched. Even though Pionus will never be considered love sponges, they do not become less affectionate as they mature.

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Cockatoos are similar to dogs in that they thrive on affection and touch but usually do not develop extensive vocabularies. African Greys, noted for their great talking ability, fall between these two personality categories, having traits of both. Greys tend to be more individualistic, so it depends on the Grey as to the kind of personality it may have.



Macaws do not make ideal apartment pets because of their twice-daily screaming sessions, at sunrise and sunset, and their ability to dismantle anything they can easily reach, such as the apartment building! However, for those who have a suitable environment, macaws make great pets and can develop pretty good vocabularies and fascinating antics.


What to Look For.

Look for a bird that is interactive and interested in sights and sounds. Look for a baby that expresses interest and attention by puffing out its head and neck feathers, stretching its wings (singly with a leg out or both shoulders stretched straight up), bobbing its head up and down solicitously or quickly wagging its tail from side to side.

These easily observable happiness behaviors are indications that the bird is interested in what is going on.


For a private appointment contact Carole and Rob Court.



Milkwood Aviaries

224 Sandford Side Road (Durham 11)

Mount Albert, Ontario


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