Choosing a Maximilian’s Pionus

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Grandfather style wooden nest boxes can be used. Size should be approximately 10 inches by 10 inches by 24 inches.

Incubation period is approximately 24 to 26 days. Chicks will usually fledge at approximately 8 to 10 weeks of age. Maximilian’s pionus are difficult to hand-rear from the egg. For best results they should be initially fed by the parents or fed very often in the first week.

Common Diseases and Disorders

Pionus are relatively healthy birds but are susceptible to the following:


  • Pox virus infection (Primary disease of imported birds)
  • Feather-picking
  • Aspergillosis
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Psittacosis
  • Poor eating habits
  • Bacterial and fungal infections
  • Mate aggression
  • Toxicity, ingestion of metals
  • Toe necrosis



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