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Other Pionus Parrot Species

 

Dusky Coral Billed Plum Crowned White Headed

The Pionus' you have become familiar with are the 4 species on some of our previous pages.  Here on this page you will find just a little information on the 3 that is rare and the 4th being the Dusky is bred by a few breeders.
 
Listed below is the Dusky Pionus species that is bred among a few breeders, while the Coral Billed is bred slightly less here in the U.S. and the  Plum Crowned and White Headed are bred in captivity very rarely if at all  in the United States. 
I do NOT have actual photos of my own of the  Plum Crowned, White Headed.
I have access to photos of these species but I can not use them with out permission.

 

Dusky

Pionus fuscus
Length 24 cm.  (9.8 in.)
Weight 179-222 grams.

Bred among a few breeders in the U.S.

Red Billed
(Coral Billed)

Pionus sordidus corallinus
28 cm.  (12 in.)
Weight 240-260 grams.
Bred among a few breeders in the U.S.

Plum Crowned

Pionus tumuluosus
Length 29 cm. (11.4 in.)
Weight 220 -230 grams.
Not bred in the U.S.

                      Description
Adults
 
head dull slate-blue;  red spot on either side of forehead; ear-coverts black; feathers of throat and sides of neck tipped with dusky white thus producing an indistinct collar; feathers of chin edged with dull pink; upper parts dark brown and paler edges to feathers; underparts brown, feathers variably edged with purple-red or reddish-blue; under tail-coverts dull red; primary-coverts and flight feathers purple-blue; under wing-coverts and undersides of flight feathers deep violet-blue; tail dark blue with red at bases of lateral tail- feathers; bill dark gray with yellow towards base of upper mandible; iris brown; legs gray.
Immatures - like adults, but some upper wing-coverts edged with green; greenish tinge on secondaries.

Although the Dusky now bred by a few breeders in the U.S., is still not quite as common as the Maximilian, Blue Head, Bronze Wing or White Cap. 

              

                           One of my Dusky Breeders.
 

                    Description
Adults 
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head olive-green, feathers of crown
and occiput broadly edged with dark blue; cheeks olive, feathers tipped with blue; chin and band across throat blue; breast buff-olive, each feather sub-terminally tinged with dull mauve-pink; abdomen buff-olive slightly with dull pink; under tail-coverts red; upperparts dull olive green, each feather margined with paler olive-brown; primary-coverts and flight feathers green, outermost primary edged with blue on outer web; under wing-coverts and undersides of flight feathers green; central tail-feathers green, lateral feathers blue basally barred with red; exposed skin of the periophthalmic is grey; iris dark brown; feet and legs dark gray.
Immatures - head, throat and breast pale green; feathers of crown narrowly edged with blue; under tail-coverts yellowish-green variably marked with red.

There are 6 subspecies of the Red Billed. The one most found in aviculture is the one described above.



Young 4 month old Coral Bill Pionus
produced by one of my pairs.

                  Description
Adults
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general plumage green, paler on underparts; feathers of sides of head with white bases showing through, particularly on lores and below eyes, and tipped with purple; crown and nape dark red; hindneck, sides of neck and breast reddish-purple, becoming less reddish on breast; under tail-coverts red tinged with purple and edged with yellowish-green; under wing-coverts and undersides of flight feathers dull green; central tail-feathers green, lateral feathers green tipped with violet-blue and basally barred with red; bill olive-yellow; iris brown; legs greenish gray.
Immatures -  nape and hind crown dark green like back; throat rose-red as in adult, but cheeks and breast green; under tail-coverts yellowish-green basally marked with pink.

The Plum Crowned is  rarely bred in captivity.  There has been no subspecies described or known.

 

                                                      Go to this page to read a Story by Jill Hall and see photos of her Dusky Pionus.

White Headed
Pionus seniloides
Length 28 cm.  (11.8 in.)
Weight 229 grams.
Not bred in the U.S.


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                          Description
Adults - general plumage green, slightly paler on the lower under parts; feathers of forehead and crown white becoming grayish towards orange-red tips;  feathers of occiput, nape and sides of neck white at base, then grayish-blue and margined with violet-black; ear coverts dark gray with pink centres; feathers of hindneck pinkish-white; feathers of lores and cheeks white edged with grey, edgings becoming darker and more pronounced towards posterior of cheeks; feathers of anterior of cheeks sometimes edged with orange-red; pink band on throat merging into reddish-mauve on breast, which in turn blends into brown of abdomen; under tail-coverts red; under wing-coverts and undersides of flight feathers dull green; central tail-feathers green, lateral feathers green tipped with dull purple and basally marked with red; bill pale olive-yellow; iris brown; legs greenish gray.
Immatures - feathers of head green with white bases, those of crown also narrowly edged with dull red; feathers of side head white margined with green; throat and breast green, feathers with dull reddish - mauve centres.

Extremely rare in captivity or bred.
There has been no subspecies described or known.

 

 

 

 

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