Hand over the almond, now, or there will be blood!
Maximilian pionus (also known as Maximilian’s pionus and the Scaly-headed parrot) are understated beauties. Their green, bronze and brown feathers shimmer in the light, the mauve/purple breast feathers are rare in the family Psittacidae, the striking white eye ring, and the brilliant red feathers on the underside of the tail make Maxis, in my opinion, among the most beautiful of parrot species. With gentle, knowing hazel-hued eyes and a calm, sweet personality, it is not hard to understand why – and how, Maxi Pi have endeared themselves to many companion parrot enthusiasts.
Abby (right) is roughly 26 years old, and still the sweetest, most gentle companion parrot I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and loving.
I’ve been preparing my list for Christmas for mom’s review, ordering and delivery next Tuesday morning. I realize it’s hard to believe, but I HAVE been a good birdie all year (well, there was that one incident in Penne’s Tree a while back when my buddy Oscar (a cockatoo) and I got into the moonshine, caused a wee bit of a chaos, fell out of the tree and into the bushes beneath, emerging the next morning with twigs and pine needles stuck to our birdie butts. Thankfully, what happens in Penne’s Tree, stays in Penne’s Tree, phew).
But I digress. I repeat, I have been a GOOD BIRDIE this year and I deserve everything on my list (and much, much more, but I won’t push it):
- Almonds – the biggest bag possible of course
- New foot toys – so I can listen to mom moan and groan as she picks them up when I deliberately toss them
- My own smartphone – because mom is becoming tiresome, with her bad typing and rather boring posts of trees, snow and stupid turkeys… yawn..
- A new sister – Abby is beautiful, but good grief she’s boring and has absolutely no sense of humour
- Bells and whistles – because I’ve heard that other birdies have cages decked out with all the bells and whistles. I don’t know what they are, but I know I want them!
Uh oh, mom’s coming, I’ll be adding to the blog about my (bottomless) Christmas list and the weird build-up to Christmas in our house (i.e., decorations, food, visitors and silly songs…).
Until next time everybirdie, be careful to whom you divulge your Christmas list – Santa’s’ watching!
P.S. I’m looking for further suggestions for my Christmas list, please pass along your comment to this post!
Look mom, down there, look, it’s a FEDDER! Could it be mine perchance? Mom, you’re not looking, LOOK!
Rest assured Keito, I am almost always looking – at you, my beautiful girl.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I have a deep affection for Pionus Parrots. And I’m sure many know that I’m owned by two Pi – Keito and Abby.
While Keito gets most of the airtime and social media splash, Abby, the Maximillian Pionus, is content to remain beyond the spotlight.
Abby is an older girl. She spent her early life as a breeding bird and unfortunately, was subjected to mean and abusive behaviour from her breeding mate. She came to live with me as a companion bird when she was 10 years old: that was 15 years and many, many, many head scritchies ago!
With a sweet, gentle personality, Abby isn’t comfortable with cameras, phones or even a lot of human interaction. She and I have arrived at a comfortable relationship place where Abby solicits scitchies and ‘asks’ for closeness, but is equally happy to spend her days just hanging out on or in her cage, knowing all the while that she can at any time, move around freely and unencumbered. Not quite as colourful as younger housemate Keito, Abby’s colours are just as gorgeous. With dark and light green, olive and bronze-coloured feathers mixing with beautiful purple and lavender-coloured breast feathers, the Maxi Pi is a subtle beauty. I love my big girl, and in her own, quiet way, Abby shows that she loves me too, every day.