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Title: Hello everyone!
Post by: Brittany on May 16, 2014, 04:55:49 PM
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Hey everyone so I'm very new to the world of pionus and decided to join the forum to learn as much as I can about them. I am also looking for a wonderful breeder if any one knows one. I'm in San Diego but I'm willing to pay for shipping as they are pretty hard to find around here unfortunately. I'm in love with the bronze wing but also really like the maxi, so I'm still trying to decide which one. What would you guys suggest for my first pionus. I currently have one sweet cockatiel named sunny so I have some experience with a bird lol.  I just can't wait to bring home a new family member I already have a cage and toys set up I'm just so excited. Thanks for any info you can give me.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Jan on May 16, 2014, 05:18:27 PM

Hello Brittney,

Welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of the Pionus parrot! I'm pretty out of touch on who currently breeds Pionus especially since I stopped breeding them in 2009.  You can find a few people who breed them if you just do a search on the web.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Julie T on May 16, 2014, 05:46:37 PM
Hi Brittany, welcome! I'm in OC! I have a Bronze Winged. He has a really strong personality and is grumpier than one I used to have several years ago.  :) I got him from Wingnuts aviary in Indiana.

Have you ever thought of adopting an adult bird who needs. Good home? There are many Pi's out there needing a home if you are open to different kinds of Pionus. I think the differences are mainly between individuals rather than the type of Pi. 
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Jan on May 16, 2014, 05:58:13 PM
There is this website that is in the San Diego area ... they are suppose to have Bronze Wings and they list having Blue Head.
Melzano's Parrot Place (http://www.melzanosparrotplace.com/CurrentlyAvailable.en.html)

I do not know their reputation but you can check them out if you have not heard of them before.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Brittany on May 16, 2014, 10:03:32 PM
Hello jan thank you for letting me know about them I'll have to check them out :) I'm excited to learn all I can on this awesome forum.

Hey Julie  we are practically neighbors  :) I would love to give a Pi a home that's actually what I initially wanted to do, but had no luck finding them in any of my local shelters and I have actually never seen one in person. If you know of a way to find Pi's that need homes that would be awesome :) thanks.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: maxsmom on June 08, 2014, 01:52:20 AM
Welcome  :hello1:
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: momazon on June 08, 2014, 02:07:42 PM
I know a very conscientious one in the central valley, she has two pairs of Maxis, one of them Is my bird's sister. Pm me if you are interested.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Julie T on June 08, 2014, 03:03:57 PM
Brittany, there is the Lily Sanctuary in Fountain Valley... A bit of a drive for you, but I've heard really good things about this place! I'm sure they get Pionus from time to time? Good luck
Lilysanctuary.org
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Brittany on June 09, 2014, 09:01:56 AM
Great, thanks Ill check them out.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Brittany on June 09, 2014, 09:40:36 AM
momazon I think i just PM you :) I'm still getting used to this forum haha hopefully it went through.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: momazon on June 09, 2014, 02:07:25 PM
Yes, let me know if you got my reply.  Will keep my eyes open.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: momazon on June 22, 2014, 02:07:41 PM
Have you found any pi's yet?
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Brittany on June 22, 2014, 03:26:13 PM
Well Someone has bronze wings but they have people on a wait list so I'm waiting to see if I'll be able to get one. Some one also has two baby maxi/white cap hybrids. Has any one ever seen what these would look like or has anyone had any experience with them. Do you guys think they would be a good first pionus for someone who's never had one. I'm curious to see what you guys think on the hybrids, if I'm not able to get the bronze wing baby I was thinking of getting the maxi cap :) let me know what you guys think thanks :)
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Julie T on June 22, 2014, 09:33:57 PM
The hybrids should make a wonderful pet just like any of the others. I think Pionus vary with individual personality more so than species. Also male and female Pionus are typically different in personality and behavior. Good luck  :)
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Brittany on June 22, 2014, 10:15:09 PM
How do the male and female differ in personality? :)
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: momazon on June 22, 2014, 11:29:10 PM
Not sure of other's experiences, but in general, I think the females tend to be sweet, nicely playful, and more quiet, the males are sweet, interactive, and more talkative.  Dobby is energetic and loves to fly around to the boings, go out and climb in his aviary, and tease the dogs.  He also has really funny quirks, like chasing me when I have a hat on. In the spring, he wants to have a towel fight when he comes out of his cage.  I keep an old dishtowel on top of the cage for this game. Most of the time he just follows me from room to room, wanting  some of the food I fix, sometimes making his water noises if he wants a shower.  He is four now and is still a sweet baby.  I do not touch him if he is puffed up and strutting.

 From what I have been told, most people's pi's are apparently not this rowdy, but he is also very trainable.  While I cannot stop him from flying at my knit caps in the winter, I taught him a nonsense word that signals he should not bite or scratch.  When he is being rambunctious, I say the word and he almost always calms down.He has at least 30 words, phrases and imitations of sounds, not all very clear. One of his favorite things is to sit on the computer screen and doze as I type.

Dob's sister, who is a breeder, is more sedentary and non demanding.  She does not talk much, but is a very easy bird, by all accounts. I cannot give as much detail on her, but she is pretty happy on her perch.

Still, you cannot make a blanket statement that covers all pi's, and someone like Jan will have more information for sure, this is only  what I know of two related pi's.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Dartman on June 23, 2014, 10:11:35 PM
Lurch is a male, he talks, loves to just sit beside me or on my knee, get scratches and share dinner and treats. He also
hates going to bed, gets homicidal when I wear the wrong hat or hoodie, and can just be pissy in general some days so no shoulder time etc. He's very outgoing, big, and can be loving, or aggressive.
Nerd we never knew but figured he was male. He was shy and timid, very small and skinny, took forever to like new things. Anytime he got worried he'd do the pionus weeze and sound like he was about to vapor lock. I think he loved me and I him. We were best buds for most of 31 years. They both are/ were Maxi Pionus and couldn't be more different, but similar. Nerd loved to play fight and attack my fingers like he was going to rip them off but he would never bite hard. Lurch would probably actually tear them off so no attack the hand games yet but he's only been here 5 years so we are still working things out. They all are individuals just like people so similar but who knows what you'll get and let him go at his own pace and take the long term approach. Interesting to see what that hybrid will be like but could be a great companion.
Title: Re: Hello everyone!
Post by: Brittany on June 24, 2014, 08:23:09 AM
Thanks for the replies  :icon_mrgreen: it seems every pi is different so I'll just have to wait and see what I get haha. Your birds sound adorable, I can't wait to bring home my new buddy. I won't find out until about the second week of July if I'll be getting the bronze wing or hybrid so the wait is on!!!