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Title: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on November 14, 2017, 04:41:24 PM
I am a proud owner of a 10 year old Bronze-Winged Pionus named Molly! Glad to be part of the pionus club.  One of the reasons I wanted to hook up with other pionus owners is because I was wondering if anyone ever did any kind of study/research on the different vocal noises that pionus make (and if they all make the same noises/sounds or is it specific to one species of pionus, or maybe just that individual bird).
 For example, Molly makes a kind of raspberry noise, and we go back and forth making that noise to each other, and I guess it's a game. I wondered if anybody else's bird makes this noise? Also, sometimes she makes a 'cawing' sound almost like a crow. And of course, the loud scream, usually when she's sitting on my shoulder!! ^-^
Anyway, thanks for letting me join the club.. hope to meet some other pionus lovers..... Anita
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: Dartman on November 16, 2017, 08:03:06 PM
I got Nerd bird in 78 and pretty sure he was wild caught. He had a wicked loud jungle flock call and all kinds of wild Pionus noises. He left me in 09 so family found and helped me get Lurch, another Maxi Pionus. His noises were similar but he didn't know half the vocalizations Nerd did and his others were just similar. Lurch escaped in 2015 and I was given Dobby by Momazon when her life changed and she couldn't keep him. He goes bebeep like a finch, has some familiar Nerd like noises, and loves to whistle and talks a bit. Lurch talked a lot, Nerd only talked in the words of his people and we understood each other perfectly. I think they instinctively know something about noises they should make but get taught their language by the parents and the rest of their flock so it kinda varies. Nerd used to look at me with happy eyes and quietly go ERK! which was his way of saying everything was right with his world.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on November 17, 2017, 10:46:02 AM
Hi Dartman! thanks for replying to my post! I am sorry for the loss of Nerdbird and Lurch. I know how hard it is to lose a baby...this is my first real parrot - I've had parakeets and cockatiels all my life (still do). I almost lost Molly myself, when she got out of the house. But luckily for me (after 4 horrific days of trying to get her back) I finally did catch her. She had the wherewithall to stay around the house and call out to me (with me calling back) that I eventually lured her down from the trees with some food.
Anyway, back to the vocalizations - that's true that they do have their "own" language. Molly doesn't say alot of words, but she she does have some vocabulary, and yes, she too says things that I think only another pionus would understand (lol)... sounds like she's muttering under her breath...
Say hi to Dobby from Molly...... Anita
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on November 27, 2017, 09:41:17 PM
Hi Anita,

I don't think I ever remember my white cap, Cosmo, making the sounds that you describe.  She did make one sound quite a bit toward the end of her life that was a very soft whistle sound whenever she wanted me to come to her.

One of my favorite things that she said was when she saw me go to the closet and take out my coat.  She would often immediately begin saying "Goodbye, Cosmo"  "Goodbye, Cosmo."  That always made me a little sad to leave her.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on November 28, 2017, 04:34:47 PM
]Hi Cab, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose your 'baby'.  They bring such joy in your life, and you might  not be  ready to think of getting another so soon, but I hope when you do, he/she will bring you some comfort and joy back.
I've had Molly for about 10 years now. I almost lost her to the wild, but was lucky she came back to me. I don't know what I'd do if I had lost her.
It's interesting to hear from different people about the pionus 'vocabulary' and sounds. I often wondered if anyone did any kind of 'research' to document the different sounds these birds make to see if they 'mean' anything - like hello, I'm hungry, leave me alone.... lol
When its bedtime, Molly says 'goodnight Molly'. Its funny to hear her also say this in the morning when I am uncovering her for the day. She doesn't have a large vocabulary, but does also say pretty bird and the wolf whistle.   
Take care,
P.S. I am going to try an attach a picture of Molly. This is when we first got her. Do you have a picture of Cosmo? I would love to see her.

Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on November 28, 2017, 06:32:31 PM
Hi Molly's Mom!

I am so happy to hear that Molly came back to you when she got loose.  That would have been such a sad way to lose your buddy!!!

Yes, it has been extremely difficult to lose Cosmo.  I still look at her empty cage in complete disbelief.  We were so close and I just didn't see this coming.  Can't believe she is gone.

I definitely agree with you that it would be great to collect data from many different Pionus owners in order to learn more about the ways that they communicate.  It's really fascinating!!  I got a good chuckle out of thinking of Molly saying "goodnight Molly" both in the evening and in the morning!!  Things like that are so endearing.

Molly is beautiful!!!!  I stared at her picture for a long time.  I just love the way birds look.  They really are such beautiful, amazing creatures.

I shared a picture of Cosmo, in the link below, from almost exactly one year ago, when she was 20 years old.  She always had so much fun playing with nuts.  But she was always tough to photograph because she liked to attack the camera.  She was very feisty.


I really do think I will eventually get another parrot, but I am just not sure where to look.  Pionuses are very hard to find.  I would also like to learn more about the other Pionus species.  Each one seems to be a little different.

I look forward to chatting with you more.  Give Molly a neck scratch for me!!!

Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: Dartman on November 28, 2017, 08:37:18 PM
Ahh, Nerd loved walnuts in the shell. I used to crack the shell a bit so he could get one open. He'd be so proud of himself when he got the goodies inside.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on November 29, 2017, 04:29:27 PM
Hi Craig, thanks...  Cosmo is a beautiful bird too! I am so sorry. She looks like a really sweetie. Was she ill?
As I am writing this, Molly is nibbling on my fingers, looking for a neck scratch....  so I will give her a 'scritch' and tell her it's from a new friend named Craig!
I know what you mean about the camera - they are so funny about being jealous or scared of something, and show such fierceness - Molly does not like when I pick my vitamin bottle - I have to make sure to take out what I need before I get her out of the cage in the morning.
She too likes nuts - peanuts... and sunflower seeds, and nutriberries, and..... (not too spoiled, is she??)
I know what you mean about finding pionus - they are rarely seen in pet stores or even bird clubs. I was lucky - I found a breeder through a little research on the internet. Luckily, this one was only a car drive away. There were only a couple of others I found, but too far away, like a few states away.
I don't know if there are any (reputable) pionus breeders left out there - but maybe you can luck out like me and find one on the internet - or maybe your vet, or if you know of any bird clubs? I did a little research on the different species, and found that the blue-headed and bronze-winged have the 'calmest' personality as far as being less 'noisy' (if that's possible... lol)
Looking forward to chatting some more with you too... would love to hear more about Cosmo...if it's not to upsetting to talk about her.
Take care,

Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on November 29, 2017, 07:29:29 PM
Yes, she was a sweetie!

No, she was not ill as far as I could tell.  She died very suddenly.  The doctor said most likely a heart attack or kidney/liver failure. I was devastated and in total shock.  I didn't see it coming at all.

Isn't it funny how they pick out certain objects that they don't like?  For Cosmo, it was my phone, the shower head, my measuring spoons, bananas, etc.  Anytime that she was within 2 feet of any of those objects, it was a battle to the death.  And she was a fierce little warrior!!!

Yes, I too have been searching for breeders, but no luck so far.  It's going to be a difficult search.  As I said, I am hoping to find a male this time in order to avoid the nesting behavior of females.  Cosmo's nesting behavior got so bad that she would drive me nuts honking, and eventually became egg-bound and had to have an emergency hysterectomy when she was 12 years old.  It was a tough time.

Is Molly a blue-headed Pionus?  Would you recommend that species?  It seems to be the most popular Pionus species based upon what I read.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on November 30, 2017, 01:48:04 PM
Hi again, no, Molly is a Bronze-winged.... I was going to try for a Blue-Headed, because, yes I did hear that they have a calm disposition, (and very popular) and 'not as' noisy as the other breeds, but I couldn't find a breeder who had these - that's how I ended up with the Bronze-winged -- no regrets! She is very sweet (can be cranky too, when she wants... lol) and has a calm disposition. So, I guess either one would be good.... Cosmos sounded like she had quite a personality! Molly doesn't seem to like anything 'white' and the only reason I can think of is when I bring her to the vet, or to get her wings and nails done, I put a white paper towel in her carrier. So, maybe she associates anything white with being put in the carrier??? I don't know!! It's weird..... she hates when I take out the butter dish (guess why...)
Maybe someone on this site knows of someone (who knows someone who's the cousin of... lol) who breeds pionus. What about your vet? Does he/she know any bird breeders?
So far (knock on wood...) I haven't had any breeding type problems with Molly -- maybe its still too early? You said Cosmos had problems when she was 12? Molly is 10 right now... so I'll keep my fingers crossed (boy, that's going to be difficult doing anything with my fingers crossed for two years! )
Anyway, good luck in your search.. I'll look too, and if I find out any information I'll let you know.
Take care,
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on November 30, 2017, 08:03:50 PM
Wow!!!  I can't believe that you mentioned that Molly doesn't like anything that is white!!  Cosmo was the same way!!!  I made the observation many times during her life that it seemed that she always tried to attack anything she saw that was white!  For example, if I were to take a Q-Tip out of the bathroom drawer, she would go nuts trying to get to it.  The shower head in the bathroom is white and she hated it.  She hated some white clips that I have that are used to clip closed bags of potato chips.  She even occasionally attacked the white ceramic bowls that her food and water are in.  I often wondered why she didn't like things that were white, but I was never able to understand.  It is very interesting to me that you noticed the same behavior.  I wonder if other parrot owners may also have noticed this.  Very interesting!!!  Do they have any natural predators that are predominantly white?

How old is Molly?  How long have you had her?  (Sorry if you have already answered this).  I have read lots of really good comments of bronze-winged Pionus.  They also seem to be very well-liked and popular.

Yes, there is someone at my vet who knows of some reputable breeders.  I do plan on checking with her.  She helped me take good care of Cosmo for may years.  She is the person who weaned Cosmo off of a seed mix and onto a pelleted diet.  This made a huge reduction in the nesting behavior, finally making life with Cosmo tolerable.  Prior to that, the nesting behavior was so intense that a good quality of life for Cosmo and I was almost impossible.  That behavior started when she was about 2, and lasted until she was about 14.  I still can't believe I survived it!!!

Thanks for keeping your eyes peeled for any nice birds for me.  Appreciated!!!!!
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on November 30, 2017, 08:32:07 PM
A good article on bronze-wing Pionuses:


Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 01, 2017, 07:53:13 PM
Hi Craig, yes that is so funny!! Sometimes Molly will bite my shirt, and a couple of times she got so fanatical and frantic  that she bit my ear! I try not to pick up anything white, but it doesn't always work that way. Yes, who knows, maybe it is a natural reaction to a 'white' predator.. lol
Molly is 10 years old. I got her when she was about 6 months old.  The breeder was keeping me updated on Molly's progress - she would send me pictures of Molly as she grew. Then finally I was able to go to her house and pick up Molly and bring her home. It was very exciting, and frustrating because I was so anxious to bring her home... couldn't wait! Like a kid on Christmas morning waiting to open the presents.
Where did you get Cosmo? Sounds like you got her too as a baby? (apologies to you if you told me all this already). I was lucky because Molly was already on a pellet diet. The breeder also gave me some other things to give Molly, that she gave to all her birds - birdie bread (which I had to make) a nut-seed-bean mix, and some other suggestions. I did that religiously for awhile, then Molly's 'tastes' changes I guess, so now I am trying other things. She loves grapes, and occasionally will eat snap beans. Sometimes I'll try other fruit but it's kind of frustrating when you give her something and she turns it down... I hate wasting food...lol.
I find the Bronze-winged very sweet. Of course each one has his/her own personality. My friend also wanted a pionus, so we decided to do this together - she ended up getting Molly's brother, who she named Shire. Shire had a different personality - still sweet but different. Unfortunately, he developed some health issues later in life, and my friend had to put him to sleep. It was very difficult. But my point is basically I find the pionus a wonderful bird.
Don't lose hope -- you'll find another bird... I'll keep looking too... maybe your vet will help you find just the right one...Anita
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on December 02, 2017, 06:03:26 PM
I can only begin to imagine how difficult it must be to put a parrot to sleep.  That would be awful.  So sorry to hear that!!

Molly sounds wonderful, and the relationship that you have with her sounds very similar to the one that I had with Cosmo.  I think that I would have been just like you waiting for the breeder to allow my to finally bring my bird home.  It must have been such an amazing experience to finally take her home with you.  It makes me really happy to hear how well it has worked out for you.

I like to think that Cosmo picked me, rather than me picking her.  I walked into a Petland store in Columbus, Ohio and walked up to an open enclosure where they had several young birds running around.  There were a few cockatoos, a few other birds, and Cosmo.  I distinctly remember Cosmo running right up to me when she saw me.  I reached down and she jumped right up onto my finger.  I remember lifting her up near my face an marveling at how beautiful she was!  I really thought she was so beautiful.  She reminded me of a falcon, or a hawk, so proud and majestic.  I hung out with her for a while and then put her back down.  I had no intention of getting a bird at the time.  However, I could not get her out of my mind that night so I went back the next day, and sure enough, when she saw me, she ran across the enclosure and jumped back up onto my finger.  I really began to like her.  Later that week, I brought my sister over to check her out and she liked her to.  So, on Christmas Eve of 1996, I took her home and she became my best buddy for 21 years.  Dang, I miss her so much!!!!!!

I completely understand what you are saying about food.  We work so hard to try to give our little friends the best diet we can, but they won't eat all of the things that are good for them.  Just like you, I tried birdie bread, chop, seed sprouting, etc.  Cosmo would not eat any of it.  The things that she did like:  pomegranates, frozen peas (thawed out), grapes, blueberries, corn, pellets, etc.  For the first 10-12 years of her life she also ate a ton of sunflower seeds, but that was a big mistake!!!  I am convinced that those seeds contributed to her being so hormonal and nesty.

Have you ever tried serving items that Molly won't eat at a different location?  I know that sounds nuts, but there were times that Cosmo would not touch a certain food when I served it to her on top of her main cage, but would dig right in if I served it to her on a plate in the bathroom!!!  Bird psychology!  Go figure.

Check this out.  It a video of Cosmo that I really enjoy.  She did not like my measuring cups, so, when I placed them on the counter top in front of her, she would push them, one-by-one, on to the floor.  I call this video "My Work Here is Finished," because she works hard to rid the counter top of the measureind cups, then, when she is done, she flees the seen with a "my work here is finished" attitude.



Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 02, 2017, 10:06:11 PM
Hi Craig, first of... how hysterical was that video!! boy, she sure showed those cups didn't she!! She was so fierce as she was pushing at them ... and looking at you, like, 'whatchoo looking at??'. I like the little glance at the end like she wasn't sure what you were going to do or say... they sure have facial expressions, don't they? I loved that video. I'm sure I've videoed Molly and Shire together, when he was alive. My friend and I would have (don't laugh) "play dates" where we'd take turns about once a week or so, going over each other's houses with our bird, putting toys and food for them on the table, and watch them as we'd have lunch or something .. and they actually would play together... in the beginning, when they were young. Then, some where along the line, they kind of 'lost interest' in each other... kinda sad, but they still didn't mind hanging out together, and playing separately with the toys.
I was amazed that you found Cosmos at a Pet Store! and a chain at that! Very rarely did they sell anything bigger than a cockatiel back then... now, I don't even know if these kinds of massive pet stores sell parrots at all... I have a Petco near me that I go to when I need to buy emergency supplies (I usually get my foods and stuff from Drs. Foster and Smith) and I've never seen anything other than an occasional lovebird or conure.. that sized bird -- but plenty of parakeets, finches, etc. So you sure did get a real gem there! I have a similar story with Molly. This breeder was up in Massachusetts, and my friend and I lived on Long Island, NY. We took a ferry across to Connecticut and drove to the breeders house. Her house was, of course, filled with all kinds of rooms with all kinds of birds! It was amazing. She brought out the two birds, and we sat at the kitchen table. When we tried to interact with them, Shire ran to my friend, and Molly climbed up my arm to my shoulder -- so, see, they do pick you! I think they have kind of a sixth sense or something.. lol.
I've never thought of trying to give her a different food in a different room. I'll have to try that. She used to like blueberries, and kiwi, but I haven't tried them since she stopped eating them. Maybe I'll try again... and yes I am GUILTY of giving her small amounts of sunflower seeds. I know it's bad, but she likes them so much!! (what an excuse, like feeding a child cookies all the time because she likes them.. lol)
Anyway, thanks for sharing that video. I'll see if I can find the video I took of Molly and Shire. I think it was just them running around the table playing with the toys.
Hang in there... I know you just lost Cosmo and you miss her greatly... but the next bird won't ever replace her in your heart; she will always be there, and I bet she's looking down from that rainbow bridge, saying, well, where's my food??
Take care.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on December 04, 2017, 10:11:40 AM
Haha...glad you enjoyed the video, Anita!!  Its always been one of my favorites.  Do you have any videos of Molly, or even some more pictures?  I would love to see more of her.  She was really beautiful in the picture you posted above.

Yes, that pet store had many large parrots at the time, and they were allowed to roam free in enclosures so that they could interact with people and other birds.  Not sure if that is an ideal setup or not, but it definitely was fun!!  Since then, they have backed off on that arrangement a little bit becuase of bird theft.  Bad people always seem to ruin it for the rest of us.

I think I am leaning toward a Blue-headed or Bronze-winged Pionus for my second bird.  I am reading some really good descriptions of them.

How does Molly do when you handle her?  Does she prefer to limit your touching her to head scritches, or does she get a little more cuddly than that?  How loud does she get?  Do you and her have a very tight bond?  What time does she like to go to bed and wake up?  Does she allow others to handle her beside yourself?

I really appreciate the info!  I am trying to learn as much as I can so that I can make a good decision.

Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 04, 2017, 12:23:24 PM
Hi Craig, I would love to post more pictures, but this website had a size limit, and most of my pictures are 'big'. The only way I was able to post the one I did of Molly was to edit it and shrink it a little. I was then able to post it. What do you use to post your stuff?
Yes, I agree on the pet store limiting the arrangement of allowing people to interact with birds -- unfortunately there are a lot of 'not nice' people out there.

To answer your questions: Molly does not like me to 'grab' her on her back. I had that problem when she got out in the wilds.. I almost had her, and went to grab her to catch her but she freaked and got away (I learned from that too). I always knew that she didn't like her back / wings touched, but I was so anxious at that point, I just wanted to get her back. She loves her neck and chin/cheek scratched, and loves me to rub her beak.
She is 'cuddly' when she wants to be. Sometimes (and often when I am upset or sad - and she must sense that) she will lean against my cheek when she's on my shoulder. Sometimes she'll let me 'nuzzle' her with my nose or face, and she lets me kiss her (usually on the chest).

As far as noise, for the most part she is quiet. There are times however (and unfortunately when she's sitting on my shoulder, right next to my ear!) she can give out a loud screech. Luckily, she doesn't do this often. For the most part she is a quiet bird - sometimes though, if she's unsure of something, or if she's playing (she loves to go into paper bags) she'll make this 'mumbling' noise - like an old lady talking to herself - so funny!

I usually try to put my birds to bed around 6:30 - 7:00 (I also have 4 parakeets and a cockatiel). They say that birds are supposed to get at least 12 hours covered/quiet time. I usually am up by 7:30 -8:00 so they get a little more than that, but I can hear them moving around (and I hear the parakeets chirping) before I even uncover them! (bad birdies!! lol)

As far as handling, it's just me, so I am the one who handles her the most. She will perch on other people's fingers/shoulder only if she gets to know them. The first time out, she'll pin her eyes, open her beak, and make that funny 'old lady' mumble, as if to say 'ok who are you, and are you safe?" Once she knows she is ok, with my help, she'll let other people pick her up.

I hope this helps! I love the personality of the bronze-wing, and hope you have as much luck as I did.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on December 04, 2017, 07:46:14 PM
Wow, everything you have describes is EXACTLY the same as Cosmo.  Molly and Cosmo would have got along well!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions.  I really appreciate it.

As far as pictures and videos, I post mine to Microsoft OneDrive rather than hosting them here because, as you said, the size limits here make it almost impossible here.  Once they are on OneDrive where there are no size limits, its very easy to share them here by posting a link as I do.  You could also use Google Drive, or DropBox, etc.  Any of these services work well.

I will keep you posted on my parrot search!!
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: Dartman on December 04, 2017, 09:38:29 PM
Find the program called IrfanView, it's free and has a nice picture resize function built in. It can play most picture and video files and has a lot of functionality to play with. I use it to resize the average 4 meg per picture files my camera takes and it does a quick and easy job of it. It has several canned sizes you can pick or you can customize everything to get it where you need it. I usually drop mine to 800x600 and they look great on a web page and are much smaller.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on December 05, 2017, 08:46:37 PM
I guess downsizing the pictures for upload is an option, but I think I prefer to just leave them on the site where I keep them permanently hosted (where they are automatically uploaded from my phone), and then just posting a link here to share them.  Its very easy to do, and viewers can then enjoy the pictures at full resolution.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 08, 2017, 07:37:35 PM
Hi Dartman! Thought I lost you for awhile there.. how are you doing? How's Dobby? Thanks for the info. I am going to try the OneDrive since I already have it on my computer - I put two videos and two pictures in there to start, so now I just have to figure out how to get that link on here (LOL). I would love to see more pictures of your guy(s). Take care! Anita (Mollysmom0822)
If  you or Craig can give me some help on how I can share this one drive, I'd appreciate it!
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: Dartman on December 08, 2017, 08:06:25 PM
Never used one drive so can't help on that but I bet a Google search would point you to all the answers and probably a few sites that specialize in what you want to do and use.
Dobby is doing great, he chases sister around and makes her crazy. Me he looks at like your not my chosen one but he also knows I control the walnuts so he bothers me when he decides he needs some.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on December 09, 2017, 09:32:22 AM
I am very excited to see some pictures and video!!!!

All you have to do is log into OneDrive and then navigate to the folder or file that you wish to share.  Select the item by clicking the little circle in the upper right corner so that it displays a checkmark.  After it is selected, look for the "Share" icon toward the top of the page.  When you click the share icon, it will raise a dialog asking you how you would like to share.  Click on the "Get a link" button.  It will then display a link that you can copy and paste into one of your messages here so that others can see the content you are sharing.  You can even tell it to make the link expire after an amount of time if you wish.

Looking forward to seeing some pictures of your buddy!!!!!!
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 09, 2017, 10:07:08 AM
1. Hi Dartman! Glad to hear your birds are doing well, and Dobby is keeping you on your toes!! Do you have any pics you's like to share? I'd love to see Dobby... How old is he?
You mentioned his sister -- I didn't realize you have two birds? What's Dobby's sister's name?
Thanks for the help - I was able to figure out the One Drive (surprised myself!) .

2. Hi Craig, thanks for your help too...so, here's the link for the One Drive. Hopefully I did this right - there are two videos  (part one and part two - on the same day I think - it was so long ago) and a couple of pictures. The video is of Molly and her brother, Shire, me and Shire's mom, Virginia. We used to try to get together about once a week or so (didn't always work that way, as usual) for a 'play' date (lol). They are about a year old.  They used to LOVE to preen each other.
I've got a TON of pictures (not just of my birds, but others) that I am trying to go through to organize (you know how that is!) so when I come across some other pics I'll put them out there.
You too, if you can... I'd love to see more pictures of Cosmo!
Thanks! Anita

Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 09, 2017, 10:41:50 AM
Hi... two more things -- I loved that article about the Bronze-Winged Pionus, Dartman! Thanks for sharing that... the other thing is I am having a problem with the videos - when I tried to play them, using the link - to test it out to see if it works - it says there is a problem with the video - I don't know what I did wrong . I tried uploading the videos again, but had the same problem... any suggestions?
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: Dartman on December 09, 2017, 11:15:25 AM
The article was posted by cab124, as far as sister she is MY sister and Dobby has chosen her as his favorite so I'm just the walnut provider and house cleaner.
As far One Drive the videos give the same error message for me and it looks like nothing uploaded. Maybe try converting them to a common format like MPEG and see if it will accept them after that.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 09, 2017, 04:59:26 PM
Hi Dartman, sorry about that... I didn't realize you meant you're actual sister when you said sister... I thought you meant Dobby's sister. lol.. so Dobby bonded to her, but likes you only for the walnuts, huh? awwww.... well at least that's something.... is he at least a little friendly around you? I guess you can't pick him up unless you have food in your hand?
Molly can be like that with other people she knows - she'll only come to them if they have a nutriberry (her favorite) in their hand.
I looked at the file and it is in MPG format, so I don't know what I am doing wrong. I tried re-uploading them again, but its still the same problem... I'll have to do a little more research, but thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Hi! new member here!
Post by: cab124 on December 09, 2017, 07:26:18 PM
Wow!  Those pictures Dobby are amazing!!!  Thank you so much for posting them.  I really enjoy seeing other people's birds.

I visited a local aviary today, and they had a 8-9 yr-old male Maximillian Pionus sitting in a cage along with a much older (30+ years) bronze wing Pionus!  The maxi looked very similar to Dobby, but they said it would take a lot of work for him to be a pet.  Both were very beautiful.  Also, they said that the bronze-wing would be absolutely lost without the Maxi around.  She was very bonded to him.

I felt bad for them because the room was full of very, very loud cockatoos and macawas.  It was deafening!!!  The timid pionuses just sat quietly on their perches while these large parrots were sitting high up on perches hanging from the celiling being loud and obnoxious.

They had lots of other birds, like conures, love birds, cockatiels, ring necks, etc.  I really enjoyed the baby (5 month) parrotlets.  They were such cute and playful little guys.

As far as the video, I am not sure what might be causing the problem.  I have never seen that type of error before.  Most of the videos that I upload to OneDrive are MP4 directly from my iPhone or my Windows Phone.  Does the error occur when you upload the video to OneDrive, or when you try to download it from a link?  What exactly does the error say?

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Post by: Dartman on December 09, 2017, 07:55:55 PM
Thanks, Dobby really seems to try and keep himself handsome, Lurch always looked pretty beat up by comparison. Dobby used to love baths in the shower with Momazon but not really so far with me so I spray him down in my bathroom when it's warm enough and he sorta tolerates it.
Lurch took most of 5 years to decide I was trust worthy and his chosen one but he did get there so I bet those two you saw would become trusting and happy with enough time, patience, and love. You can probably find my posts here about how Lurch and I were doing to see the slow break throughs as they happened. Unfortunately the original board is gone as there were tons of posts and pictures about him there when I first got him.
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Post by: Dartman on December 10, 2017, 01:14:42 AM
When he first got here he loved me, but then he saw my sister and she sorta looks like Momazon and does cool things in the kitchen so he switched to her. He has no problem stepping up for me, riding on my shoulder, hanging out and getting treats. She is the one allowed to scritch and finger wrestle with him and he's always trying to woo her. One day when he was afraid of my mom I offered him to sister and OH NO, your the big bad protector and enforcer, I'm staying on you, so that was cool.
If I open his cage for the day I MUST reach in and allow him to jump on my hand for a ride out, if sister does it she must open the door then wait for him to come out on his own, then maybe he'll fly to her shoulder.
Birds and Pionus can can some funny rules at times about how things are to be.
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Post by: cab124 on December 23, 2017, 10:39:07 AM
How are Molly and Dobby doing these days??  Is everyone behaving??  Give them each a nut for me!
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Post by: Dartman on December 23, 2017, 05:50:32 PM
Oh Dobby is being Dobby. Loving sister, chewing things up, whistling to get attention so he can get a treat, and making cool sounds and talking a bit when he's excited. I gave him a bunch of walnut pieces last night after I asked him if he wanted a walnut and he did a flkyby then flew over to demand I make good on my word. He now understands what walnut means and he loves them.
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Post by: cab124 on December 23, 2017, 06:00:38 PM
Glad to hear that he is doing well.

You have to admit, its a lot of fun giving our feathered friends the treats that make them happy, like walnuts!!!

With Cosmo, however, I always had to be careful not to give her too many nuts because the fat seemed to stimulate her nesting, hormonal behavior, which could become extreme at times.  Her favorite was cashews.  She LOVED them!!!
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Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 28, 2017, 07:21:37 PM
Hi Cab124 and Dartman, just checking in -- hope you and your feathered kids had a nice holiday.... Craig, I am still trying to figure out why my videos won't view when it's opened in the OneDrive. I can play them on my computer (of course) but I can't seem to get them to play from the OneDrive. I uploaded them right from where I had saved them, and tried to play them, to see if it would work. They are an 'mpg' file, so I don't understand what I'm doing wrong -- if you have any help on this, I'd appreciate it...I'd love for you to see this video of Molly and Shire (her brother) interacting.... thanks! Anita
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Post by: cab124 on December 28, 2017, 08:39:06 PM
I would REALLY, REALLY like to see that video!!!

You are doing it just as explain in this YouTube video?


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Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 29, 2017, 11:00:33 AM
Hi, thanks for the video...I had to laugh when I first clicked on it... this video came up with these two guys talking about making your own website, and I was like, 'what??'.. then I realized it was an advertisement!! LOL The video did give me some insight on what I might be doing wrong, so I am uploading my videos again from my computer and will try the instructions to see if that works..... wish me luck!!! Hopefully the next post will be one where you can FINALLY see those videos!! Hows your bird search going?
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Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 29, 2017, 11:21:30 AM
Hi Craig, ok hopefully I did this correctly....
According to the instructions, you 'should' be able to view the photos and the videos I put on the OneDrive...
Please let me know if this works.
Thanks again for your help!
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Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 29, 2017, 11:28:02 AM
ok now I'm getting a little frustrated.... I just tried the link myself to see if it works, and it says 'sorry there is a problem loading the video' but it doesn't say why..... I don't know what I am doing wrong... I can view the pictures I posted but not the videos... is there somewhere that there is a 'help' with this? I originally took these with my video camera (a loooong time ago) and copied them to my computer (for safe keeping). They are in MPG format so that part should be ok... let me do a little research and see if I can find out why this is happening.. sorry!
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Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 29, 2017, 11:37:06 AM
trying something... just a single link to one of the videos....
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Post by: cab124 on December 29, 2017, 11:39:45 AM
I just viewed the link on my iPhone and I can see the photos, but I can't see the video.  I can hear the audio that goes along with the video, but I can't see the video itself.  My iPhone shows a QuickTime logo, which probably means that it is an outdated video format that can't be played on my phone.  I have a feeling that this will all come down to the use of a video format that is no longer in use.  Seems like OneDrive is behaving correctly, however. 

You birds are so beautiful!!!!!!  For some reason, I didn't realize that you have two bronze wing pionuses.  I thought it was just Molly!!
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Post by: cab124 on December 29, 2017, 11:42:10 AM
No, the same thing. 

Your OneDrive link is working beautifully though.  Just need to use a video format that can be played on a computer or phone!!
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Post by: mollysmom0822 on December 31, 2017, 06:33:18 PM
Hi Craig,  I'm still trying to resolve this video issue. I contacted OneDrive and they wrote me back wanting more information, so I am going to try to detail everything, and maybe they have a resolution to this.
In the meantime, have a happy, healthy and safe New Year -- and good luck in finding a bird...
Dartman, hope you and your sister and Dobby also have a happy, healthy and safe New Year, full of walnuts!! LOL!! I meant to tell you I love the pictures you posted of Dobby - he looks like a happy, funny bird with a lot of personality!
Take care,
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Post by: Dartman on December 31, 2017, 06:43:26 PM
Yes he is, thanks. You should have seen him displaying and bluffing for my mom. He gets all ecited when she shows up and loves to threaten, fluff, and bluff. I think it is because she reminds him of his Grandma that had a stroke and he could tell she wasn't the same so he started trying to chase her away as he probably thought she wasn't the person he knew anymore :'( Mom always screams and reacts which he loves and as soon as they both get over the first flybys and threats he mostly calms down.
He hasn't bit her yet so we watch him around her or leave him inside but she always complains our poor buy is locked up so I usually let him out once everyone is settled.
He hasn't officially bitten anyone here yet though I have gotten some ferocious beakings and one very hard pinch when he was wound up and I knew I probably shouldn't touch him.
anyways, happy New Year to everyone and keep loving your fids.