Maximilian’s Pionus


The Maximilian’s Pionus can be a little more mischievous than othe Pionus parrots. While Maximilian’s Pionus parrots are often overlooked because of their lack of bright colors, owners say their sweet personalities win people over. Hand-reared pet Pionus parrots are especially sweet and gentle, but they also enjoy their independence.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Some Maximilian’s Pionus parrots can become aggressive and territorial, so socialize your bird early on to avoid unwanted behavior. Sleep is important for all Pionus parrots. Let them have 11 or 12 hours every night. They susceptible to vitamin-A deficiency, visceral gout, aspergillosis (respiratory disease), fungal infections and obesity. A mixed seed and pelleted diet along with fresh fruits and vegetables is ideal for this pet bird. Maximilian’s Pionus parrots often prefer cabbage, broccoli, peas and carrots.

Expert Advice

There is currently no expert advice on this bird species.

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
South America
11 inches
Life Expectancy:
up to 40 years
Noise Level:
Low, although usually more active at dawn, and a noisy household will encourage louder vocalizing.
Talk / Trick Ability:
Fair; can learn to speak but not with the clearest voice. Maximilian’s Pionus are known as the best talkers within the Pionus group.