Congratulations on your choice of a Maximilian Pionus Parrot aka Scaly Headed Parrot. Just to note in the wild the species is now considered endangered in it’s natural habitat and it is listed is a CITES II.
We like to look at the natural habitat of a bird when recommending living conditions. Birds in general are flock animals. The Maximilian Pionus typically lives in small groups of about 50 birds and because it’s unlikely you’re going to get 49 more you have to remember that you and your family will be the birds flock.
These birds are known to live approximately 25 years and have been known to live for 40 years or more. The cage you select, with proper care should last for a good part of the birds lifetime.
In the wild, several Pionus species live in the high-altitude (6000 feet) forests that do not have a lot of airborne mold. Many of these birds had (the fungus) Aspergilus when the birds were brought into this country. This sensitivity proved to a large problem for the plum crowned Pionus which is why they’re not widely found in captivity. They nest in tree cavities and feed in tree canopies so keep that in mind when choosing toys. They are definitly candidates for for a snuggle hut or equivalent
Your bird is not considered a large bird but isn’t much smaller than a Timneh African Grey so the minimum size cage you want to look at is roughly 32 x 23 ironically the size of the cage that you saw in our shop today.
Because you liked the cage the shop so much and you have 47 inches of wall space why not put a natural wood play stand between the cage and the fish tank? The bird is going to be out all day so the play stand will give him the opportunity to have a place to go once outside the cage. It will also soften the look of the “metal” cage.
Let me know how you feel about this configuration. If your good with it conceptually, we can move on to toys, accessories and nutrition.
Windy City Parrot