Senegal parrots are one of the most popular species of parrots that one can buy. They are intelligent and friendly and have a reputation for being entertaining and amusing. They can live in almost any environment and bond strongly with their owners, which is probably why so many people choose Senegal parrots as companions.
The Senegal parrot originates in western Africa among the open woodlands and savannah. They are mostly green, with grey heads and a V-shaped patch of color on their bellies that can be yellow, orange or red. Both sexes of these parrots carry the same colorations. They measure around ten inches from beak to tail and have an average lifespan of about 30 years, though they have been known to live up to 50.
Senegal parrots have very friendly personalities when properly socialized. They tend to attach themselves to one person, bonding with them loyally. This can be a problem if there are other people or pets in the house, as this species also tends towards jealous and aggressive behavior if they have not been properly trained. If they are well trained, however, Senegal parrots are known for being less prone to many of the problems that are usually associated with parrots such as biting and screaming.
Due to their high intelligence, Senegal parrots are highly trainable as long as one is willing to put in the time and effort. An owner of one of these birds had best be prepared to spend at least an hour a day with them, as they love to interact. Otherwise, a Senegal will sleep around 12 to 14 hours a night and take naps during the day, making them fairly easy to manage. When active, they tend to swing between being very mellow and having bursts of high-energy.
Senegal parrots like to talk, emitting high-pitched whistles and squawks as well as mimicking voices and sounds, but are known for being quieter than other species of parrots. Their higher level of intelligence means that they pick up words and sounds rather quickly and can learn a number of tricks. A Senegal also loves to climb, explore and chew on things. Having some good wooden toys for them to gnaw at is a must.
If not properly trained, a Senegal will become moody. They will act aggressively towards anyone they feel is taking the attention of their chosen owner and may even attack other birds twice their size. This can lead to biting behavior and be generally unpleasant for other members of the household. Making sure to socialize and train one’s Senegal well is crucial.
A Senegal thrives best when eating a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables combined with nuts and grains. Pellets and seeds work as well, but a fresh food diet will make a happier and healthier bird. They do not mind smaller environments and can spend most of their time in their cage if needed. This makes them ideal for those living in smaller quarters, like an apartment.
When thinking of buying a Senegal, the most important thing to consider is whether there will be time to spend with it, socializing and training the bird, so that it develops an amiable personality. With this consideration in mind, Senegal parrots are amazing pets for those who want a close companion who will be with them for many years.