The White Capped Pionus



  • Common Name:  Pionus - White Capped
  • Other Common Names:  White Crowned Pionus, White Cap
  • Scientific Name:  Pionus senilis 
  • Group:  
  • Origin or Range:  Central and South America
  • Relative Size:  Smaller Than Average
  • Average Lifespan:  30 years
  • Compatibility:  Relatively Non-Aggressive
  • Category:  Parrots

Some bird owners have made the mistake of passing over White Capped Pionus Parrots, because the young birds seemed to have dull plumage. Pionus Parrots acquire their lovely colorations as they mature, and by adulthood have a beautiful appearance in addition to their naturally sweet, affectionate, and playful personalities.

When White Capped Pionus Parrots are raised correctly, they are a delight to own as adults. Generally sweet and loving, they seem to be calmer than many birds and may deal well with change. White Capped Pionus Parrots are affectionate toward their owners and, although quiet, they can usually be taught to talk. Pionus tend to be less adept at talking than a variety of other species. The White Capped tends to have a larger vocabulary than many Pionus and males also appear to be better talkers than females. Rather than cuddling excessively, this Pionus tends to enjoy the company of their favorite people and do not generally demand physical contact. They also have tendencies to select one person as their favorite. They usually have periods during the day of intense activity, rather than being constantly active and are quite intelligent and can be taught a variety of tricks. They enjoy showering and tend to be feistier than other Pionus. Generally, the White Capped seem to do well on a good pellet diet or basic seed mix supplemented with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. When feeding, many owners recommend feeding only as much perishable as can be consumed in one sitting, so it does not go bad. Many people like to feed their parrots fresh food in the mornings and later in the day they will offer pellets. These parrots love toys and need plenty of time outside their cages for play and exercise.

This Pionus Parrot usually grows to between 9 and 11 inches in length, and are the smallest Pionus. Although the heads of White Capped Pionus are blue, they are topped with a white patch, hence the name. The undersides of their tails are reds, and the rest of the bird's plumage is green.

They are native to Central and South America and range from southwestern Mexico down through western Panama. They are adored by almost all who own them for their quiet natures and sweet personalities. White Capped Pionus Parrots are not often owned because young birds have such dull plumage. They acquire their lovely plumage as they age and can be rewarding pets.

This type of Pionus Parrot is particularly susceptible to aspergilliosis. This disease is characterized by labored or heavy breathing. If White Capped Pionus Parrots are fed on a pelleted diet, they should not be offered vitamin supplements.

White Capped Pionus Parrots need a nesting box in a quiet or dark area of their aviary or home. They will usually lay about five eggs, which incubate for about 26 days. Corncob, mealworms, and green food are generally appreciated by the parents while they have chicks. By the time they are eight weeks old, young White Capped Pionus Parrots are usually ready to leave the nest.


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