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How dusty are Blueheaded Pionus Parrots?

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This went completely under my radar during research but I just heard that some people have dusty pionus parrots? I didn't even realize any South American parrots could be dusty as I was informed dust was only an old world parrot issue. I was wondering how dusty can the blue-headed pionus be? I found somebody who is rehoming their 7 year old male blue-headed pionus and mentioned that he is not dusty but I just want to confirm. I don't have allergies but I do make needlefelted art commissions and prefer to minimize the amount of allergens they are exposed to.
 

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Dusky pionus...Never thought they were part of the really dusty powder birds like tiels, toos & african greys
but guess they & all birds can make dust & dander.

Would be interested in that in more detail.
 

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Just a quick update, I've reached out to a few pionus owners and they explained that pionus are not powder down birds and that their keratin shafts break down into chunks instead of dust.
 

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Mine is not dusty.
 

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Not dusty at all. They do get a greasy look if not bathed regularly and I have known some to have a dusty problem from being kept in filthy conditions and never bathed but after a few baths they are fine. Also pi's smell the best.
 

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Lurch had all kinds of beat up bronzed dark feathers because he was flying around running around every where. Dobby is active when he's out but he's very festidius about his appearance and loves baths so he usually looks really sharp and starts doing the shower eagle and dunking in any water when he's ready for a soak in his shower cage. If they don't get enough showers their feather edges get dark and bronzed but like said give em a long shower and they get all their colors back and do smell nice.
 

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Less dusty than my Amazons... still can create a cloud of dust when they rouse their feathers. Showering will indeed keep the dust levels down.
 

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Dobbys been looking very nice lately and he hasn't had many showers what with the cold time of year and all. He really seems to value staying a sharp parrot and looking well dressed.. :xflove: Pippen will just jump in her freshly changed water bowl and I'm not sure what the fosters think of showers but their feathers seem to be getting nicer and brighter.
 

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Right? My daughter says my zon is in fantastic feather, but all I do is give fresh foods, vitamins in almond butter once a week, and the showers. I think the worst behaved are the best looking:laugh:
 
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