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Blue Head Pionus

                                                              Blue Head Pionus

Blue Head Pionus           genus     Pionus menstruus 
 we no longer breed BLUE HEAD PIONUS  

The Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus) - also known as the Blue-head Amazon or Red-vented Parrot, is endemic to tropical Central and South America, from Costa Rica and Trinidad south to Bolivia and South to Central Brazil.

They inhabit forests and terrain with trees up to a height of 600m or 2000ft, but are occasionally seen up as high as 1500m or 5000ft - however, only in favored feeding places in open country and cultivated areas. 

During breeding season they fly in large flocks and can be seen in the mornings flying from the regular breeding sites to their feeding areas. At dawn or at dusk, large numbers of them are seen roosting communally in palm and other trees.

The Blue-headed Parrot is a medium-large parrot, averaging 11 inches (28 cm) in length and its weight range is between 200 to 260 grams.

The plumage of the adult Blue Headed Pionus is generally green. The head, neck and upper breast are a deep blue.  There is a red base on the feathers on their necks that show through.  They have black patches on their ear coverts (feathers covering the ears) and the undertail is red. There is some yellow on the wing coverts. Their bill is blackish with red at the sides.  The skin around their eyes (periophthalmic ring) is grey and their irides (= plural of iris) are a dark brown.  Their feet and legs are grey. Young Blue-headed Parrot

Both males and females look alike. DNA or surgical sexing is recommended for those desiring to determine the gender.

Immatures have less blue on the head. Younger birds have a reddish frontal band [a few red feathers right above the cere (nose)]. The number of red feathers varies greatly with individuals, and these red feathers usually fall out by the time the pionus is 3 months old and are completely gone by the time the pionus reaches 1 year of age. The blue color is close to complete at one year of age. However, the blue can increase in intensity until about the second year of age. When the pionus is 2 to 3 years old, they will have attained full adult coloring.

They are appreciated for their sweet and fun disposition, easy-going personality and intelligence. They are less apt to bite than other parrots species. These qualities make this parrot a good choice for first-time parrot owners and a wonderful family pet.

It is also an excellent choice for apartment dwellers, due to their calm personality and easy maintenance. Owners describe them as inquisitive and sociable parrots that are easily trained.




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