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The Maximilian Pionus seems to have one of the nicest pet bird personalities. According to one breeder, "if ever there were a perfect pet parrot, the Pionus species certainly comes close to it." They are wonderful for first-time pet parrot owners, or those who want to graduate to a larger bird. Pionus are ideal family birds, since they may be handed by several people and maintain their sweet disposition. They are not noisy birds and do not chew excessively, making them appropriate for apartment dwellers or those concerned about noise.
It is also known as the Scaly-headed Parrot because of its head feathers having grey edges giving it a scaly appearance. They are becoming increasingly more popular and are favored not only for their sweet disposition, but along with the Blue Headed Pionus are noted for their talking ability and can readily be taught to speak.