The Pionus parrot is smaller than Amazon parrots and Macaws. They are quiet, playful and gentle and are suitable for children. They are suitable for smaller homes as they do not require the room that Amazons and Macaws do
The Pionus parrot needs a low fat and balanced diet. Some people think the Pionus parrot diet needs to be made up of 20 to 30 percent pellets that are formulated for parrots. These pellets should be low in fat and organic if possible. The other 70 to 80 percent of their diet should be made up of parrot seeds, fruits and vegetables. This is one recommendation for feeding you parrot.
Some breeders feel pellets should make up 60 percent of a parrots diet. They feel the parrot’s diet should be supplemented with people food. They think the parrot needs to be fed food from the bread and cereal, vegetable, fruit and meat groups.
You must always feed your parrot more pellets than seeds because the pellets are formulated with added vitamins and minerals. Seeds consist of a high amount of fat and they are low on vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some breeders feel seeds should only make up 10 to 15 percent of the bird’s diet. They feel the rest of the parrot’s diet should be made up of people food. Some people feel you should attach a cuttlebone to the side of the cage so the parrot can get added calcium.
Some Pionus parrots like sprouted seeds and you can buy sprout mixes at some pet stores. Your Pionus parrot should be fed fresh vegetables and fruits everyday. Frozen fruits and vegetables will also work if fresh ones are not available. If fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables are not available you can feed dehydrated fruits and vegetable. They are great and they keep very well. You can put them in water to make them soft. Some birds like them dry and they love to crush them.
Good eatables to feed your Pionus parrot are leafy greens, zucchini, other squash, carrots, broccoli, beets, peas, green beans and peppers. Good fruits to feed are bananas, cantaloupe, grapes (seedless), mangos, nectarines, oranges, papayas, raisons, apples and strawberries to name a few.
Other foods you can give your Pionus parrot are bran squares, brown rice, fresh nuts (left in the shell), boiled chicken, cooked beans, oatmeal and shredded wheat. Feed these foods occasionally. Two or three times a week should be good. Do not allow your parrot to become overweight.
Your parrot needs fresh water everyday. If he drinks from a water bottle it must be changed everyday. If you parrot drinks from a bowel you might have to change the water several times a day. Every time it gets dirty change it. Take good care of your parrot and he will be around for many years.