This page is not to be confused with our "Frequently Asked
Questions" - This page will be dedicated questions that I get in
emails from people. You can read through them. Typically speaking
our readers email me to ask questions on their own birds or my
birds, to praise the site, ask questions in regards to the Toy
Catalog... the most asked question I tend to get is "Do you think my
bird will get along with another bird?".... read below!
The Questions and Answers pertain to Pionus and
some info can be used towards other parrots at times. Every
situation is different so what is for one person or bird is maybe
not for the other. There will be some good info on this page to read
Q: I am going to get another bird, do you
think my bird will get along with another bird?
A: This is such a tough question that I think can not be answered
exactly. Every bird differs in personality and no two are a like...
two males of the same specie will not be the same or act the same.
Much like us people... we all are different from one another. Birds
can be and most often are territorial about their cage area so when
having a new arrival to your home, your existing bird most
likely will not be happy about the new bird getting too close to his
cage area or play area. Slow introductions are the best way to go.
Also, your existing bird can be very jealous of the new bird in the
house and be protective of you, with this comes your bird biting
you... yes you because birds often look to you as their mate and a
bird's instinct is to bite the mate as a warning to stay back, that
is how it is in nature. Whether your existing bird is male or female
and the new bird be the opposite sex can determine on how your
existing bird reacts... your male bird might act differently to new
male bird then he would to a new female coming in. Also, the size of
the birds too can determine things too. Again, slow introductions,
give them ample time to see watch other from across the room, after
while you can slowly move them towards each other and see how they
react, sometimes you will already know by judging their reactions if
you observe. Do not ever get a new bird and immediately try to put
them together, it just won't work out well.
Q: I think my bird is sick, what should I do?
A: Waste no time, get your bird into the vet. Birds are great for
hiding an illness or even if it is something obvious, birds can not
afford to wait to see if they get better. Depending upon what you
think might be the problem, sometimes if you can not get in and you
know it is really serious, then pay the extra for their "Emergency"
or if it's after office hours the you also have that option. Some
things a bird can wait on and some things can be vital so depending
upon how much experience you have as to know how and when you should
act upon the situation.
Q: I know you do not ship birds, but do you
know of a breeder in my area or do you know who ships birds?
A: Generally, I do not know of too many breeders in your area! Most
people who contact me asking me this are no where in my state. So
much of who I know of is from people who are online with websites. I
often do a search and I have certain people I do know because of the
internet... never have met them but know them due to online! I have
a few website resources that I go on that I can look up people who
are nearest you but often it's always too far from the person
Q: Which sex is more aggressive, male or
A: Well, as a rule usually the male and most often when maturity
hits, sometimes before. Although there are times that can make
aggression strike when not handled properly, perhaps something that
makes the bird unhappy can do it too. You must understand some
parrot behavior first before you can understand why they get like
they do at times, its just their nature to be that way providing
nothing has provoked them into the behavior. I have seem some
aggressive females but most common is the male.
Q: Which talks better a male or female?
A: Ahem, generally the male in the Pionus specie. The male Maxi
talks usually the best and then the Blue Head. I have heard some
females talk pretty darn good though. I never discredit any of them.
The Pionus specie does not have a super wide range of a vocabulary
nor do they talk real clear, they are very understandable and talk
with a slight raspy sound. Like most parrots, they will practice
words over and over to become good enough, meaning until they think
it is how they hear it and they mimic sounds too quite well! They
have cute voices and to me they are quite fun to talk back and forth
Q: We are considering a white headed Pionus 8
months of age. My wife has a 1 yr. 6 mo. Cockatiel. We are concerned
about compatibility of these 2 species. They would of course be in
separate cages 6 ft apart. but would have free time outside on the
playtops. Any problems you can see in this?
A: What I see here is similar to the very first question on this
page. First off, when a smaller bird is trying to be with a larger
bird the larger bird has more advantage on hurting the smaller bird.
Although small birds tend to get nippy towards larger birds like
trying to nip at the feet. A larger bird has more strength in its
beak to hurt a smaller bird. It is not uncommon for two different
size birds to get along, I have even experienced it happening with
my own birds... slow introductions is the best key element into
making a good relationship and not all birds will get along no
matter how hard you try or they try.
Q: I'm disappointed in your site. I
first went on and got some good info. Then I asked for some help
from you and asked some questions and have not gotten a response.
A: Okay, this is the first email I ever got like this! I can not
always respond as quickly as some people would like. Both my
websites are filled full of information and yet so many emails I get
are such simple questions that are on the pages but so may people
just do not want to talk the time to read on it and think it will be
quicker to get answers if they email me instead. Often if people
email me and ask a question that is on the website, I will just
direct them to the site and so not answer it in the email.
Otherwise, why did I develop the websites after all! Answering
emails is very time consuming to say the least and I do have to take
care of lots of birds plus household stuff so sitting at the
computer all day does not get my chores done!! I do enjoy answering
emails but I have to have ample time to do it!
Q: My Pi is lately losing some feathers and
has a lot of dander falling; could it be molting? Is there a
conditioner that I can buy for this problem? Also how often should
he be bathed? Thanks.
A: Pionus like all parrots do molt their feathers and they molt at
least two complete molts per year but usually they molt through out
the times as well. It is a gradual process as a rule but sometimes
it can seem as if they loose way too many and usually this is okay.
You do though however, have to know the difference between molting
and plucking. Plucking is where they literally pull out their
feathers. I have a page on
feathers on my main website so you can take a look there and
read more on it.
Q: I would like to get one of your books to
order toys in the mail. How can I get one? Please email
me an let me know.
A: Any thing for sale that is on my website is usually ordered
online or if done through the mail then you must browse though the
Online Catalog and then use our mail in order form. We do have a
PDF version of our catalog but it is not up to date. We do not print
up a paper catalog at all!!
Q: What is the size, life span and what do
A: Believe it or not, all these questions are listed on both my
websites! Please read on there! Thanks!
More Questions and
Answers Coming Soon! These are just a wee fraction of the typical
emails I get... I will go though a few more and put some more here.