Length 24 cm. (9.8 in.)
Weight 179-222 grams.
Bred among a few breeders in the U.S.
Pionus sordidus corallinus
28 cm. (12 in.)
Weight 240-260 grams.
Bred among a few breeders in
Length 29 cm. (11.4 in.)
Weight 220 -230 grams.
Not bred in the U.S.
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
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.
head olive-green, feathers of
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.
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.