Unlike many other parrot species, the coral-billed Pionus is on the quiet, non-energetic side. They are more reserved in nature. Although they are not the greatest talkers, they learn new sounds. They also give off a musky or sweet odor.
Birds of this genus make a characteristic wheezing or snorting sound when they are excited or frightened; those unfamiliar with it may mistake it as distress or a symptom of illness. In our homes, Pionus parrots are susceptible to obesity, vitamin-A deficiency and aspergillosis. Care should be taken to provide enough natural vitamin A sources in their diet. Consult with your avian veterinarian for the best diet for your Pionus.
“Coral-billed Pionus are wonderful pets, although they are really rare; they are quiet, love being with people, are cuddly and love to imitate words they hear. They are good eaters and enjoy their fresh veggies and fruits.”
Deb Even, Feather Focus