$700.00 – $1,400.00
COMMON NAMES: White-capped pionus, white-cap pionus, white-crowned pionus, white-crowned parrot
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pionus seniors
ADULT SIZE: 9 to 10 inches, head to tail; weighing between 7 and 8 ounces
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 30 years
White-capped pionus are known to be feisty and comical, as well as sweet, affectionate little birds. They are brilliant and take well to training when their owners are patient and consistent. These parrots thrive when given social interaction and mental stimulation from playing and learning tricks.
These birds tend to get shy around strangers. Around their owners, they like to hang out on shoulders or arms, dancing, playing, and waiting for a chance to make a game out of stealing items like pens or buttons. They tend to get attached to a single person whom they trust the most.
You will have to keep a close eye on this bird when it is out of the cage. It has a notoriously curious nature and can get into trouble if not closely supervised.
Speech and Vocalizations
Like other pionus parrots, the white-capped birds have a reputation for being slightly quieter than other hookbill parrots and make a great apartment bird. However, a houseful of screaming children, barking dogs, and blaring televisions can easily teach the sedate pionus to be noisy.
They do have the ability to talk, but often clam up around those they aren’t familiar with. Pionus are not the best talkers, but some have an impressive vocabulary. Their speaking voice isn’t always crystal clear and is often a little raspy, but an owner can generally make out what their bird is saying. Usually, they will learn a few simple words like their name, the name of people in the house, and will repeat more common sounds like whistles, whispers, beeps, and animal sounds.
Female, Male, Pair