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ZY28

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The more you try to put a species into a box, the more you will find yourself frustrated or disappointed.

We like those little boxes because it makes things easier. So we take species and morph them into what works for our needs. We took a wolf and over the course of 10,000 years we carefully created breeds that help put Dogs into nice little boxes.

Parrots are only a few generations removed from the wild in most cases, and there isn't any concentrated effort yet, especially with the larger birds, to breed for personality or other traits. They are bred for colors and numbers because people will buy them regardless.

To try to narrow down the personality and quirks of an entire species is really like trying to pick a random wolf who is going to be most like a golden retriever.
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Ok, sorry.
No need to be sorry, just explaining why it's difficult with parrots! :) I would love as much as you to be able to find a perfect parrot using stereotypes as a guideline! Would make things so much easier!
 

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I have had 4 and everyone was their own soul and personality. Some scream occasionally, and some screamed a lot and every one had slight variations to how they screamed and the volume. They are known for being quiet birds but just depends on the individual and what they are trying to get or say with their noises. Many will get loud when they're new and not sure of their place and want attention or food and slowly back off as they become more comfortable and trusting of their new flock. Dobby is usually pretty quiet but lately starts kacking very loudly when it's bedtime and he is tired or possibly doesn't want to go in for the night.
Right now he's beeping like a finch and making happy noises and whistling quietly to himself. No parrot is always going to be quiet but a Pionus can be most times but it depends. I've already talked about my various birds but another take on noise levels for you.
 

ZY28

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I have had 4 and everyone was their own soul and personality. Some scream occasionally, and some screamed a lot and every one had slight variations to how they screamed and the volume. They are known for being quiet birds but just depends on the individual and what they are trying to get or say with their noises. Many will get loud when they're new and not sure of their place and want attention or food and slowly back off as they become more comfortable and trusting of their new flock. Dobby is usually pretty quiet but lately starts kacking very loudly when it's bedtime and he is tired or possibly doesn't want to go in for the night.
Right now he's beeping like a finch and making happy noises and whistling quietly to himself. No parrot is always going to be quiet but a Pionus can be most times but it depends. I've already talked about my various birds but another take on noise levels for you.
Thank you for sharing ☺.
 

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Pionus aren't usually cuddly birds. Sure they like to hang out with you - Kobe (Blue headed Pionus) sits on my knee to watch TV and loves a good head scratch. When Kobe was young he would SCREAM when I left the room - my budgie used to egg him on. Sometimes I'd have to walk out the house to get some peace from them both. We resolved this using positive reinforcement for more acceptable sounds. He's now very quiet, but he can drive me mad with his repetitive microwave beep if he's unhappy about something.

What they don't tell you on websites, in books, etc is that some Pionus can be very much affected by hormones and it can be expressed as aggressive behaviour. It was for this reason that when I originally researched Pionus some 14 years ago, I was told to steer clear of males. That is a huge generalization - every bird is an individual but there is some truth in it for some birds. However I am glad I ended up with Kobe - he is a huge character and so much fun despite his sometimes fiesty ways.
 

ZY28

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Pionus aren't usually cuddly birds. Sure they like to hang out with you - Kobe (Blue headed Pionus) sits on my knee to watch TV and loves a good head scratch. When Kobe was young he would SCREAM when I left the room - my budgie used to egg him on. Sometimes I'd have to walk out the house to get some peace from them both. We resolved this using positive reinforcement for more acceptable sounds. He's now very quiet, but he can drive me mad with his repetitive microwave beep if he's unhappy about something.

What they don't tell you on websites, in books, etc is that some Pionus can be very much affected by hormones and it can be expressed as aggressive behaviour. It was for this reason that when I originally researched Pionus some 14 years ago, I was told to steer clear of males. That is a huge generalization - every bird is an individual but there is some truth in it for some birds. However I am glad I ended up with Kobe - he is a huge character and so much fun despite his sometimes fiesty ways.
I have hear of hormones! Thanks for your reply! Kobe seems to be so dam cute ❤!
 
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