White-Capped Pionus


White-capped Pionus parrots are gentle, intelligent and loyal. The White-capped Pionus is the smallest amonng the Pionus species, but usually the spunkiest as well. While these parrots tend to be more quiet, their personalities are often described as feisty. White-capped Pionus parrot can be shy with new people, but if introduced and socialized properly they will warm up to company. They enjoy bathing whether it’s a regular spray or getting soaked in the shower with their owner.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Some white-capped Pionus parrots can become aggressive and territorial, so socialize your bird early on to minimize this behavior. They may become aggressive toward their owner if they are not handled and played with regularly. Sleep is important for all Pionus parrots, so let them have 11 or 12 hours every night. These pet birds are susceptible to vitamin-A deficiency, visceral gout, aspergillosis (respiratory disease), fungal infections and obesity. While white-capped Pionus parrots love to eat, the high-fat foods they often enjoy should be reserved as special treat. Provide your Pionus parrot with a mixed seed and pellet-based diet along with fruits and vegetables. Skewer vegetables on a kabob for your white-capped Pionus to gnaw on. White-capped Pionus parrots prefer cabbage, broccoli, peas and carrots.

Expert Advice

There is currently no expert advice on this bird species

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Mexico, Central America
Medium, up to 9.5 inches
Life Expectancy:
Up to 40 years
Noise Level:
Low, although can be more active at dawn and a noisy household will encourage louder vocalizing.
Talk / Trick Ability:
Moderate, the white cap is a better talker than many of the other Pionus species.