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Senegal Parrots

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Common Name:

Senegal Parrot

Scientific Name:

Poicephalus senegalus.

Origin:

The woodlands of Western Africa.

Size:

Medium, at about 10 inches in length from the beak to the end of the tail.

Average Lifespan:

Up to 50 years in captivity.

Temperament:

Hand fed Senegals make extraordinary pets, and are known for being comical and entertaining. They are colorful, relatively small, and have the ability to talk and mimic, although they tend to be considerably more quiet than many other parrot species. Most well socialized Senegals have very friendly personalities, but potential owners should be aware that Senegals have a tendency to become "one person" birds, and may not desire interaction with other family members.

Colors:

Mature Senegals have grey heads with green wings and chests. On their bellies, they sport a V-shaped patch of color ranging from yellow and orange to red, depending on the subspecies. They are known as "monomorphic", meaning that Senegals of both sexes are identical in color.

Feeding:

Captive Senegals should be offered a varied diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, and high quality pellets.

Exercise:

Senegals should be provided with at least one hour a day to play outside of their cages on a playstand or another bird-safe area. They love to climb and can be quite the little acrobats, so many Senegals appreciate a variety of swings, ladder, and other toys to explore.

Senegals as Pets:

Captive bred Senegals are fascinating birds, and have easily made a place for themselves among the most popular pet bird species. Charming and highly trainable, these little parrots have a knack for being a great source of entertainment and amusement for their owners.

Senegals, or "Sennies" as they are affectionately referred to by many owners, bond strongly with their owners and thrive on daily interaction with them. Those interested in owning a Senegal should be willing to make time for handling and socialization with the bird every day.

Prospective owners should also plan to invest in a variety of toys and accessories for their birds. Senegals can be strong chewers, so it's a good idea to provide them with some wooden perches and toys to exercise their beaks on.

If you think a Senegal Parrot might be the right bird for you, connect with a reputable breeder and try to set an appointment to visit one. You may find that one of these African beauties is exactly what you've been looking for in a feathered companion.
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