Dusky Pionus for sale,dusky Pionus make very good pets as they are generally good natured. Some other great things about these birds, besides their unusual colors, is that that they are quiet and unobtrusive. Though they may be the noisiest of all the Pionus species, they are still generally much quieter than other parrots. They make a great pet for people who live in apartments or in close proximity to neighbors where noise can be a problem.
They are quite intelligent with good memories and will learn simple tricks. Once they have learned a behavior such as stepping up they are very obedient and will remain steady in their training.
Breeding/Reproduction Dusky Pionus
Successful breeding is helping to preserve the species and reduce the number of wild caught birds. There are no breeding regulations in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom, though other countries might have restrictions and you should consult with the authorities in your country before undertaking breeding.
Sexing Amazon Parrots:
Pionus parrots are not dimorphic and you will have to have them sexed by either a surgical probe, endoscopy, a DNA test, or a chromosonal analysis. The sexes must be confirmed and the pair must be harmonious, bonded with each other. Some species of Pionus have been successfully bred in captivity while others are quite nervous and difficult to breed.
Pionus parrots should be bred in flight cages. They will need a nest box that is about 10″ x 10″ x 20″ (25 x 25 x 50 cm) and have some soft bedding material inside on the bottom of the box. The opening needs to be approximately the width of the broadest part of the parrots back. Because some pionus are rather nervous, it is generally recommended that the nest box be mounted in covered darkened areas as high as you can, to encourage breeding.
Egg Laying and Hatchlings:
A Pionus female may lay up to 5 eggs and she will brood for about 26 days. The young will leave the nest at about 8 – 14 weeks of age, depending on the species.
Care and feeding of Dusky Pionus
In the wild the Pionus parrots eat fruits, berries, seeds, possibly blossoms, and have developed a great liking for corn from cultivated fields. A Pionus diet consisting of a good parrot mix which includes formulated foods, a variety of seeds, and dried fruits is generally regarded as a suitable base to provide nutrition and variety. Along with this, provide a daily supplement of fresh fruits and vegetables.
They are active by nature and can become overweight if confined. Like the Amazon Parrots they require a low fat diet. Good Pionus bird care starts with providing a good diet. Avoid fatty foods; these birds are susceptible to becoming overweight. For example, avoid giving banana chips. Birds love this treat, but it is fried in fat and can lead to obesity.
Give your Dusky Pionus fresh drinking water every day.
The personal hygiene of your Dusky Pionus parrot includes a regular shower for good plumage and skin condition. Dusky Pionus dearly love the rain and will even turn upside down, spreading and flapping their wings in grand enjoyment of this natural shower. One way to accomplish a shower indoors or in an aviary is with either a hand held shower sprayer or a hose with a fine spray head and lukewarm water.
Speech and Vocalizations
While the dusky pionus parrot are going to at times find out to state a phrase or 2, it is not known for being actually a strongly voice, chatting bird. Having said that, along with comprehensive instruction, it may learn to simulate 10 to twenty terms.