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.