This is where I always get the moment of uncomfortable silence and then a response of something like “one of those blue ones.”
I have a dozen patented responses none of which are customer service friendly.
If you’re into macaws you know what I’m talking about.
If you’re just lurking and trying to learn something you’ll find out there’s something like 43 species of macaws ranging from the noble macaw which is about 12 inches long and a 100 g to 150 g, to the Hyacinth macaw which is about 4 feet long and can weigh as much as 2200 g.
So now you know that if you call here with some vague specifications, I am not going to help you.
You’re not serious and my spidey sense will guide me through our conversation.
Not many retailers will admit this but although we care about you, we care less about you and more about your bird which is who we are advocates for.
Dusky Pionus (above)
It’s a rare thing that somebody will call up and ask for some very species specific information as was the case today with a woman who asked to be placed on our email list.
She was seeking information on a Blue headed Pionus.
That got my attention so I googled “Blue headed Pionus Windy City Parrot” and didn’t get a whole lot.
So guess what we can talk about for the next few minutes?
Although Pionus Parrots are similar in shape and size to some Amazon parrots, they just don’t get the same respect nor recognition.
Pionus not big parrots, they are not small parrots, they are very nice mid sized birds and compared to other species, relatively quiet.
Harley the Coral Billed Pionus that Thinks He’s a Turkey!
They’re great family pets.
We don’t offer proposed psychological profiles of species like “they are quiet and standoffish” (until there’s several children in the home playing loudly and then the bird gets noisy and aggressive) or something like that.
Digression-> The outcome your bird is expecting is not necessarily the outcome you are expecting.
It’s the holidays.
In the aforementioned scenario, knowing that say, visiting nieces and nephews for the holidays were anticipated and could possibly agitate a bird who’s not used to small people with high voices.
Different unknown flock.
Do you have a travel/evac/sleep cage you can move move the bird into a quiet room and then perhaps integrate him or her into the festivities slowly.
Do you know the outcomes your bird is expecting like?
roughly 10-12 hours of daylight 12 months year
flying in real “miles” daily
having dozens of square miles to explore
thinking that food acquisition is hard work
Before we return to our regularly scheduled programming here’s one of those reminders like “remember to keep a blanket in your car in the winter”.
Maximilian aka Scaly-headed Pionus (above)
Common sense would dictate we’re going to keep our birds away from things like foil tinsel, Christmas light wires and chocolate cookies.
Personally I think one of the greatest threats to our pet birds this time of year is a lowly piece of – scotch tape.
It’s the rather odd duck that won’t be wrapping gifts for somebody this season.
Besides paper and ribbon, gifts typically require scotch tape and scissors.
Most of us were brought up to know how to hold the scissors and never run with one.
Fine, You still don’t want to click on the link because your (fill in the blank) is in the room and you do not want to give him/her any ideas.
Many people will recommend cooking oil like peanut oil or olive oil to release an adhesive object from a bird, which does in fact work but then you have to remove the oil from the bird with soapy water.
Dawn is the dish soap used by environmentalists dealing with oil covered birds from oil spills.
For a single freaked out parrot, we recommend personal lubricant because it’s water-soluble.
Meaning you only have to clean the bird once not twice cutting the stress level in half.
Back to outcomes – Contrary to what your bird’s expecting – what it gets is
darkness at 4:30 in the afternoon in November
its wings lopped off
it’s lucky if it has a 6 ft.² cage to explore
a cage filled with food and water 24/7 because you love your bird
The two of you should get together and discuss some common outcomes that you can both live with without becoming crazy.
Pionus is a species of parrot.
Recently I was having a discussion about how many species of parrots are there in last weeks blog post in and went something like this
“…..you mention there are about 370 species of parakeets, not at all. There are only about 350 species of parrots.
And yes Birds Unlimited – there are about 350 species of parrots AND 372 species of parakeets
This is clearly a long-term project but hopefully within the next year I will have two distinct lists of parrots and parakeets along with I guess a third list of crossovers and I imagine it to be somewhere in the mid 700’s (number of species of parrots and parakeets) – stay tuned.
I promised you Pionus parrots and now it’s time to deliver.
There are eight species of Pionus’ without splitting hairs.
Apparently there some old guys sitting in big leather chairs with patches on their sweater elbows smoking pipes discussing things like “should the Blue-headed parrot (or blue-headed pionus), be subdivided into two additional species – Paler blue-headed parrot (or paler blue-headed pionus), Reichenow’s blue-headed parrot (or Reichenow’s blue-headed pionus)?
I voted for all of us – we don’t care we’re sticking with eight.