Massachusetts, United States
Posted Jan 18, 2009
Bronze-winged Pionus are beautiful birds. It's difficult to see this in photos, but a healthy bird that bathes regularly just glistens in the sunlight and all of the subtleties of the colors in the wings and back can be seen. Gorgeous! Peabody was purchased from a brand-new bird store in Rochester, NY back in the early '90's. He had a bit of a rough start in life (his Mom bit off a toe when he was banded) and was a very shy bird. We became pals immediately and I was always "Mommy," a word he learned very quickly. He was playful, a good talker and a great eater. He loved food and he loved to make soup; carrying choice morsels from his soft food dish to his water dish. His seed mix had dried fruits and veggies in it and he quickly learned to rehydrate them using this technique. Peabody was definitely a one-person bird. While he would go to my husband and he was not aggressive with him, he had a strong preference for me. He was very shy of other people outside of the family and did not like to be passed about. I understand that this is characteristic of Bronze-wings, but I've only been in contact with this one and cannot say from experience. He was very tolerant of the budgie that we had who loved to pick on him - nip at his toes and run away. He'd put up with it for a bit and then let her know who was really in charge by one carefully-placed nip back. Peabody died of a lung infection when he was only 4 years old. Up to that point he had been very hale and healthy. He constantly learned new words and even gestures (if I nodded as I said something to him, he nodded when he said it, too) up to the time of his illness.