Pionus Parrots

Pionus are medium-sized parrots from Central and South America and Mexico that resemble Amazon parrots but belong to their own separate genus. Their chunky build, along with the distinct ring around their eye and the short squarish tail, set the Pionus parrots apart from other parrots. Their name comes from the Greek word ‘piōn’, meaning ‘fat.’

There are several species of these birds, with the blue-headed, Maximillian, white-capped, and bronze-winged Pionus parrots being most popular as pets.

Types of Pionus Parrots

Types of Pionus Parrots

Pionus Parrots as Pets

These parrots have an easy-going, friendly temperament. They are affectionate and can form strong bonds with the whole family with adequate interaction. These are quiet birds that can make excellent companions when trained from an early age. In fact, Pionus parrots are suitable for apartment living and make good pet birds for beginners.


Can Pionus parrots talk?

Pionus parrots are not known for their talking ability, and they do not learn to talk as easily as their relatives like the Amazons, cockatoosparakeets, and African parrots. However, a determined owner may be able to teach their bird to imitate human speech to some extent.

How long does a Pionus live?

These birds have an average lifespan of 20-30 years when kept as pets, with several records of birds having lived up to 40 years with proper care.

How much do Pionus parrots cost?

The price of a single bird varies based on its type, costing anywhere between $200 and $1,500.