Maximillian Pionus – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: Maximillian Pionus
Latin name: Pionus maximilliani
Length: 29cms/11.5 inches
Weight: 225-275 grams
Life Span: 40 years
Origin: North Eash Brazil from Espírito Santo north to Piauí and Ceará
Noise Level: Medium

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These little parrots are very inquisitive, intelligent and have very good memories. Once they have learned a behavior such as stepping up they are very obedient and will remain steady in their training.

Talking ability

In general they have poor talking ability.

Feather Plucking

The Maximillian is not really as prone to behavior problems like feather plucking. However boredom could induce feather plucking.

Housing for your Maximillian Pionus Parrot

  • A good recommendation would be a cage a minimum size of 75cm x 75cm x 90cm. If your Maximillian parrot is going to be home alone all day, do consider a larger cage as it will need enough room for a variety of toys and room to swing and play between them.
  • The bar spacing should be 1.5cm – 2cm
  • The Maximilian’s Pionus is a very active parrot and needs the largest space that your home can accommodate — ideally, this parrot should be able to fly from perch to perch, especially so if the pionus is kept in the cage most of the day
  • This being said, however roomy the cage, every bird should be allowed to be out of the cage for a minimum of three hours each day. Many birds can spend a good deal of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. As they are not strong chewers, durable cage construction is not as critical as it would be for the largest species of parrots.
  • They are technically inclined and learn to open locks pretty quickly and locks or escape-proof latches may be recommended.

Feeding Maximillian Pionus

  • Their diet in the wild consists of fruit, seeds, flowers and nectar. Like all Pionus they will eat cultivated grain if they come upon it!
  • They should be offered a varied diet consisting of fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, and high quality pellets. If your bird is reluctant to try new foods, time and patience is of the essence here.
  • Fresh clean water should be available at all times. Food and water dishes should be washed daily.

In summarising, like all the Pionus the Maximilian makes an ideal pet. They are beautiful, relatively quiet and exceptionally sweet. These beautiful parrots enjoy communicated with body language, by blinking their eyes in affection to holding your finger and doing the famous Pionus Strut! They are very affectionate and although they are not birds that particularly enjoy being cuddled they do love a head scratch. They are quite independent birds, they are happy to amuse themselves with toys and food without constant attention from the owner.

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