Lily the Senegal Parrot

by Susan
(Alberta, Canada)

Senegal parrot - Lily

Senegal parrot - Lily

I have had Lily for just over a year. She is about 18 months old now.

I grew up with birds. My dad built a sunroom one year and turned it into an avery. I was about 7 years old at the time. We had budgies, canaries, a couple of java sparrows and a linnet. My dad built nesting boxes and he successfully bred budgies. For me, it was an education, and I shall never forget that part of my childhood.

We eventually moved and that was the end of the avery.

I did not have any birds again until my own daughter hit 6 years of age. We were in a pet store and she begged me for a couple of diamond sparrows. The pet store told me they would live for a couple of years. The female, China lived for a couple of years, the male, Cocoa lived for about 4. He was amazing. He used to squawk and do a little mating dance, which was very strange, but cute to watch. I was heartbroken when he died.

I have always been fascinated by parrots. I did not think I would ever own one because they are so expensive. Anyway, my husband at the time, wanted one, he bought it, but it didn't bond to him, but bonded with me.

Since that time, I have had the most incredible relationship with this bird. She is amazing and I just love having her in my life. At first, I had to wonder. She screeched and screamed a lot! When I was outside with all the windows and doors closed, you could hear her half way down the block.

I'm not sure what happened, but she has quietened down a lot this last few months. Maybe she knows, whenever I go away or leave the room, I will be back. I don't know but, at the time, it was so bad, I was worried she wouldn't change and would always be like that.

The best thing about Lily is that she is so affectionate. She loves lots of attention and likes to sit on my shoulder as I go around the house doing my chores.

I don't take her outside in the winter because Alberta, Canada is so terribly cold in the winter. But, last summer, when it was warm I took her outside, and I took her for car rides, which she seems to love. She also loves to sit in the bathroom when I am having a shower. The vet said it would be good for her feathers, so I do.

I work in a school, so I plan to hang a cage from the ceiling, so she can come to school with me every now and then. High enough so little hands can't reach up and get bitten, but low enough so the Lily can enjoy the kids, and the kids can see and enjoy her.

Needless to say, parrots aren't for everybody. She can be very destructive, I have to watch her closely to make sure she's not chewing something dangerous. And, if you like to keep your furniture and possessions in first-class condition, well maybe a parrot isn't for you.

For me, I don't care, letting her out to stretch her wings, etc. is more important to me. For me, she is just as affectionate as a dog. She loves to love and be loved, and from my point of view, she is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

By the way, I went on line and even though some people say there is no sure way to tell if a Senegal is male or female without testing, the visual guidelines are telling me that Lily is not a girl, but a boy!