Parrot Perfume – Smell Like a Pionus

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Post by Azar

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Hi APJ!

Did you ever want to smell like someone or something else – a flower perhaps, a celebrity or a parrot? A parrot you say? Some of these birds can smell pretty foul (sorry). Many psittacines have distinct, oily, dusty, musky odors. If you have ever walked into a parrot shop or indoor aviary you know what I’m talking about – a kind of sweaty, hormonal scent. While some parrots have a pleasant version of this musk, others smell like wet, dirty socks.

Parrot Perfume – Smell Like a Pionus

Azar 4.9.16 Blue Headed Pionus #3

The parrot I want to smell like is Gomez, the beautiful Blue Headed Pionus (Pionus menstruus). Wild Pionus parrots hail from Central and South America and are common birds in their home range. The fragrance of each Pionus is unique and, like human scent, changes depending on individual chemistry, diet, environment and myriad other factors. Gomez has three distinct “perfumes” that I’ve noticed in our 14-year relationship.

The first is the musky odor – Gomez’ “I am pissed off.” smell or “I’m really horny!” smell or “You are wearing a red dress therefore I am going to bite you.” smell. Pionus are shy birds and don’t like change. New earrings, radically different clothing or unfamiliar scents will, with luck, result in warning wafts of musk.

Azar 4.9.16 Blue Headed Pionus #2

Gomez also has two beautiful fragrances that tell me he is happy or that something interesting is in view. The original Pleasant Pionus Perfume (PPP) is a honeyed, dusty floral with notes of mimosa, nuts, milk, iris and a light parrot musk. The second (PPP II) is a flanker and I believe an intentional reaction or response to a new fragrance I’ve been wearing lately. The other day I was hanging out near Gomez’ cage and smelled something very familiar – Note Fragrances Blood Orange Chocolat. Previously I detected a similarity between PPP and BOC but this time it was full blown Blood Orange Chocolat. I moved my nose closer to Gomez’ cage, calling his name in dulcet tones. Gomez wafted what was unmistakably the dry down phase of BOC. Had he, at some point, noticed me wearing Blood Orange Chocolate and reformulated his original PPP into PPPII to better communicate with me? Was my intelligent, albeit bird-brained companion, trying to augment his limited vocal vocabulary with scent-based inter- species communication?

Azar 4.9.16 Blue Headed Pionus #1

For several years I have been suggesting someone come up with a parrot perfume – perhaps one will show up sooner than later! Now I’m wondering if anyone is currently researching reciprocal, scent based inter-species communication? I’m also wondering what message Gomez was really trying to send to me via PPP II and what did my wearing Blood Orange Chocolat really mean to him.

Azar xx

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48 thoughts on “Parrot Perfume – Smell Like a Pionus

  1. This is such a fun and instructive post Azar. I’ve enjoyed reading your observations very much. Unfortunately I have no other species around but I very much believe that animals are able to communicate in various ways. Their intuition is not spoiled by the ratio and that enables them to communicate free with their environment.
    I follow APJ by email.

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    • Thank you, Neva!
      Being around Gomez has made me more sensitive to animal communication. If I don’t get the message right there can be pretty dire consequences! His beak is like a can-opener. He has me well trained. 🙂
      Azar xx

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    • Hi Gina,
      I know of a lovely perfume that smells a bit bit like the good smells in a stable – Sonnet XVII by Olympic Orchids. Have you tried that one?
      Azar xx

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  2. Hey Azar,
    I love the smell of birds. We used to breed budgies and finches as kids and then as an adult I had a couple of Cockatiels that bred a beautiful baby.
    Great smells from them, almost as lovely as dogs paws.
    Portia xx

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    • AH! Portia.
      A fellow bird person! At one point I bred finches too! Those little guys really know how to procreate 🙂 A long time ago I had a cockatiel named Peachy who would wake up the house in the morning with his rendition of the Ride of the Valkyries.
      Azar xx

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      • OMG!! That’s a hilarious story. Are you exaggerating or did he really do the Da dada DAAAA da? I can totally imagine it.
        Which finches did you breed? My favourites were always the little grey & brown Zebra Finches but we also had some others.
        Portia xx

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      • Ours were zebra finches too! At one point we had a line of white finches that evolved from the regular zebra finches. And YES! Peachy really did treat us to that tune on a daily basis. There has never been a better way to face the day 🙂
        Azar xx

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  3. Azar, this was such a fun post! Thanks for sharing a little bit about your wonderful Gomez. I have a cat who at times can smell wonderful. Sometimes it’s a powdery floral, sometimes a powdery chocolate, and sometimes just clean fur which actually smells nice. (Nothing like that wet dog smell! I love dogs, but….) Of course at other times he can smell terrible. I never gave much thought to any of that until I read your piece. Maybe he is trying to tell me something! 🙂 I follow via email.

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    • That’s amazing, Kandice! I have not had that experience with cats but I will check with friends and family and see if they have noticed different cat perfumes. I bet he IS trying to tell you something!
      Azar xx

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      • My cats have always had very distinctive scents. Some smell sweet and some just smell like clean cat fur. My Mom’s last cat smelled like perfume and so does one of her current crew. My little female smells quite different from her brother.

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  4. I follow APJ via email.

    Nearly two years ago, my husband and I lost our parrot companion after 30 years together. He lived with someone before he came to us, so we never had any idea how old he was. Max was a red-lored Amazon. He didn’t usually have much of a scent, maybe a little musky right after a bath, or a little dusty if he hadn’t had a bath in a couple of days. But periodically, a gorgeous fragrance would waft from his head–it smelled just like hyacinths. This fragrance emission would often precede Max producing a perfect little “pearl” of regurgitated food to bestow upon my husband. The tiny sphere would also smell of hyacinths, so I am sure the floral scent was some kind of “I’m in the mood” signal.

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    • Hello Francesca,
      Pionus and many Amazons are in the same tribe of bird, Androglossini. I wonder if the other birds in this group use lovely smelling perfumes too? I didn’t realize that the “pearls” could be pleasantly scented as well. I’ll have to smell the next one that comes our way. Max was obviously in love with your husband! Thirty years is a long relationship for anyone, human or otherwise!
      Azar xx

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  5. I follow by email. I have four dogs and none of them seem to prefer any of my perfumes. My Westy has a very oily scent to his coat which is very noticeably after exposure to the sun, but this doesn’t seem to be related to any kind of communication. I do believe animals communicate with us all the time especially with their body language and their eyes. Thanks for the RAOK.

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    • Hi Ellen,
      You are very welcome and yes, I believe, like you do, that they are always trying to tell us something. I’m afraid I miss a lot of what they are saying because I’m not paying attention!
      Azar xx

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  6. Hi Azar, what a fascinating review and comment thread. DNEM, but I would dearly love to find a scent that reminds me of our beloved Lab Sadie! We’ve had other labs, but she was something special…85 lbs. of Devonshire cream-colored love. Though she’s been gone for 3 years now, we miss her every single day. Spouse loves it when I wear Dogwood Blossom by Royal Apothic or Chanel Boy. Thanks! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Hi Robert,
      We have had many wonderful pets over the years. I might just have more pictures of them around here than I do of the human children. There are a few standouts, though. One was Bernard, a Bassett Hound and Airedale x. He looked a little bit like a large PBGV. I called him the Sean Connery of dogs. These days Fender the rescue Havanese x and Gomez are our dear companions and very smart friends.
      Azar xxx

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  7. Hi,
    I follow via e-mail.
    I’ve inherited a cat who is now 18 years old. (Her name is”Stinky”, because she’s a little Stinker. No, I did not name her).
    She’s loves fragrances, but Creed’s Himalaya is her favorite.
    She loves when I wear it and as a treat I sometimes spray her bed with a bit.

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    • Hello Jerome,
      Cats, especially big cats, seem to be attracted to certain human perfumes. One of their favorites is Obsession for Men. Perhaps they would love Creed’s Himalaya too, although it is quite different…

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    • Hi Linda!
      Thank you so much for dropping by! You really have to smell a Pionus perfume sometime, the original version that is. It is certainly worth a human imitation 🙂
      Azar xxx

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    • Wow Jaybee! You are raising a budding purfumista! Soon you will have somone at home with whom to share your fragrance obsession. You probably know that Guerlain re-issued their 1994 Petit Guerlain. The first came in two version one with alcohol for older children and one that was alcohol free for babies. I don’t know if they re-issued both of these or just one?
      Azar xx

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  8. You already know I love love love pionus smell. My parrotlet smells like skunk when he’s upset which is most of the time because he is the most antisocial bird ever. Poodles smell like popcorn when they’re warm and comfy, especially their feet. That pionus I had looked at is STILL at the bird store. Her personality is not a strong selling point unfortunately. She’s no Gomez.
    Xoxo

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    • As you know, Poodle, Gomez can be quite a handful! I have the scars to prove it. (Well, not really as my skin doesn’t seem to scar too easily). I wonder if that Pionus will ever find a home? Birds are very strange. They can become attached to one person and that’s it for life (see Francesca’s comment above). I wonder if the love of her life abandoned her or if she has always been a birdie bi… Can she be handled with safety?
      Azar xx

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  9. Horses have the most delicious warm scent and those silky-soft noses can detect the merest hint of carrot, that’s for sure! I’d love perfume that blends that sharp, sweaty, worked horse smell with cut grass, leather and something salty, animalic.

    Follow via Bloglovin’ xx

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    • The Accords! While Sonnet XVII smells like a good stable I can’t say that it smells like a worked horse – but I can definitely imagine the perfume you are talking about
      Azar xx

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  10. No need to enter me. I just wanted to comment on Pionus scent. I have huffed more parrots than most people probably have, spending my childhood helping out at the family aviary, and have always thought that the white-capped Pionus had the nicest perfume. Lots of the time they have very nice personalities when hand-raised, so perhaps that helps. A few of larger amazons and small macaws smell particularly good to me as well and many of the small conures have a very sharp vegetal odor.

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    • Hi MikasMinion!
      What an interesting childhood experience! The White Caps are definitely sweet birds. Can you describe their fragrance? Hand raising makes all the difference too even though each bird, as you most certainly know, has its own personality. Have you noticed the birds using scent to communicate?
      Azar xx

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  11. I used to take my mutt Sophie out back to play every evening, and in her youth, no play session was long enough for her. She would always balk at going into the house, and whine a little when I’d say, “Come on.” (In her old age, her stamina was of course greatly diminished. She might fetch a ball once, or give up halfway to the ball. She always insisted on her playtime, though.) Once, when she was relatively young, and was pleading to stay out longer, I relented and went back out, and she was giddy with joy. She danced around me, and poked at me with her nose, and it was absolutely clear to me what she was thinking: “FINALLY! I’ve finally gotten this somewhat dim human being to understand what I’ve been trying to tell her!” Her disappointment the next night when I declined to stay out longer was heartbreaking to behold.

    Your parrot sounds like quite a character, and is probably pleased that he’s been given such a trainable human. I follow with Bloglovin.

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    • Hi Laurels,
      Fender the dog loves to prolong his walks too. I don’t know why but I always seems to be in a hurry and he just wants to stop and smell the roses or the bunny poo or whatever great scent he can find. I should take a few hints from my animal friends and play longer or just stop and enjoy life. I wonder how many hours our daily walk would take, though, if I followed Fender’s nose…
      Azar

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  12. I LOVE the way my quaker parrot smells – a little bit like wheat, a little “green” (and he is) and slightly indescribable! But very pleasant, not a “dirty” animal smell at all. When he bathes, I swear I get a whiff of chicken soup.

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    • Hi Ruby,
      Quakers are wonderful birds and so intelligent. MANY years ago my niece had a Quaker named Petri. He was endearing and a handful too.
      Azar xx

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  13. Azar, thank you for sharing Gomez with APJ. He is a handsome parrot. I imagine he smells heavenly. I’m sure he is telling you with his fragrances that your family is his flock-family.

    My children have two parakeets. Both smell a bit musky and a bit like wheat flour. One parakeet also smells like flowers and hay when she is excited to see us. Amazing. We have a Senegal parrot named Nacho. He smells faintly of pistachios. He loves to eat them every day.

    I enjoyed everyone’s comments about pet scents. It’s a relief to know I’m not the only one huffing on little furry and feathered heads.

    I follow APJ via email.

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    • Hi Tiffanie,

      I have always admired Senegals. Their grey heads really contrast with their eyes and you can almost see what they are thinking about! 🙂

      Previous to and contemporary with Gomez we had four budgies. They lived to around 17 years…pretty good for budgies, I’m told. They smelled slightly like wheat flour too. Gomez misses them a lot and when the last one died he kept calling for them in a budgie sort of voice. At this point in my life I didn’t want to add more pets to the mix and so found some plastic motion sensitive budgies that move and make a sort of budgie sound. Gomez seems happy enough with his new plastic pals but I do try to spend more time with him.

      Azar xx

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  14. Love the Gomez pics! I’m sure Olga loves her doggie smell but it doesn’t really change… it just gets stronger. It’s amazing how a little dog can smell so bad. Olga communicates mainly through her eyes and head movements. She is very expressive!

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    • Hi Lauren,
      The Olga smell is the “hound” thing. Not much you can do about that, I’m afraid. And yes, her beautiful soulful eyes are even expressive in photos! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
      Mommy Azar xx and X

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