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We strive to provide you, the client, with the best quality hand-reared pet parrot available. We do this by providing the parent birds with the best environment possible to live in, the best fresh foods and pellets to eat and the most stress free life possible. All our baby birds are raised with their siblings, fully socialised with adults, children and animals. We stay in touch with clients for as long as they deem fit. We offer 24/7, lifetime support by email and telephone, as well as our exclusive web based forum. All our babies are bred by us, raised by us, and sold by us. We do not supply pet shops or other hand rearers

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White Capped Pionus

(Pionus senilis)

Being so quiet, Pionus are perfect for those who reside in apartments or flats. Like Maxi's, White Capped are very affectionate birds, loving to cuddle and kiss. They are just as happy on a play gym or cage top with their toys.

Pionus are fairly active birds as youngsters, but seem to become less active when nearing two years of age. They still require a good selection of toys to keep them occupied when their owner is unable to play. White Capped, as all parrots, go through an adolescent period, when they are looking to establish themselves in the pecking order. A firm hand, some patience and a lot of nurturing guidance gets them through this quickly and easily. Not being very stubborn, they can rapidly learn where they stand and accept it. Be sure that your pionus is taught that it must stand below every member of your family from the very beginning. Early socialization is the key to behaviour success with all parrots. These guys seem to go through this phase of adolescence between the ages of five and 12 months. Usually, a month or two seems to be all they need for them to 'find themselves'. Males and females both have the same basic character.
 

Talking ability

Sex appears to make a difference in the ability to speak as males seem to be better at talking. This does not mean that females cannot talk, only that males tend to have a larger vocabulary.the majority of hens will say at least a few words. From what Pionus owners have told us, these little guys not only learn new words quickly but also use their vocabulary appropriately.
 

Nutrition

All pionus love to eat!

However, they are very suspicious of new foods at first and hesitate before trying new items added to their diets. With a little coaxing and a little time, they are easily convinced to try a variety of foods. They are so curious that the instant one makes a fuss over something, pionus are there to investigate! You should always feed your pionus a well-balanced diet consisting of pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Bean mashes, rice, pasta and pretty well any other food considered healthy for humans will usually be greatly appreciated. The more varied the diet, the healthier the bird. This is why it is important to expose your baby pionus to a wide variety of food items. Natural fruit juices are always a healthy treat. Remember fresh and soft foods must never be left in your bird's cage longer than four to five hours as they quickly spoil and, if eaten, could cause yeast or bacterial infections. Fresh clean water is a must; you may even need to change the water dish several times a day to help prevent infections.

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