The Senegal Parrot is a sweet cuddly bird for many owners.
See pictures and read stories written by Senegal Parrot owners and learn how to avoid problem behaviors.
The Senegal Parrot has gray feathers on his head down to the start of their chest. Their lower breast and abdomen have a yellow to an orange-yellow v-shaped section (like a t-shirt) with the upper breast having bright green plumage. Under their wings and tails is a bright yellow, with the upper tail feathers a brownish-green color.
Male or Female Senegal?
Senegal Parrots are not sexually dimorphic, but there are some people that hypothesize and try to determine the gender of adult Senegal parrots. Below are some of the ways people attempt to determine the gender, but they are just speculation.
You need both male and females that have been DNA sexed to do the first two tests.
1) The female's beak and head are generally slightly smaller and narrower than the male's.
2) Males are generally, but not always, larger and heavier than female birds.
3) The V-shape of the vest is usually longer in females; in females the green area extends down over the chest to between the legs, whereas in males the tip of the green area ends midway down the chest.
4) The under-tail covert feathers (short feathers under the base of the main tail feathers) are generally mostly yellow in the male and generally mostly green in the female.
Personality and Behavior
These beautiful cuddly birds are considered quiet by most people’s standards. Many Senegal Parrots learn to speak some and most all will imitate noises.
They are much like conures in having a playful personality that requires lots of toys for playing, attacking and chewing so that they don’t get bored.
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The Senegal Parrot can be nippy at times and may very well go through a nippy stage at maturity. The relationship you establish and work to maintain will get you through the rough times.
Check out our Parrot Training page for more information on bird biting.
The Senegal Parrot will easily become a one-person bird if they are not held and played with on a regular basis by more than one person.
This training program is excellent. Chet is an expert and trains birds in hours to behave. Check out his free course, then I am sure you will want to purchase the whole training system.
Many Senegal Parrot owners have reported that their parrots have learned a number of words and mimic household sounds. Their voice is not as clear as conures, they have more of a tiny parakeet voice.
The company that has the training program above, also has a course on teaching your bird to talk if you are interested in that.
You should provide no more than 80 percent of the Senegal Parrot diet with top-quality pellets. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets.
I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.
Switching Birds To Pellets article
The other 20 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!
CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).
Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. Who knows what has been fed and sprayed on all that other stuff!
No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.
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When fresh fruits and vegetables are not possible, dehydrated fruits and vegetables are great! Many birds love to crunch on dried fruits and veggies.
The best thing about them is that they don't spoil, so you can leave them in the cage for hours or even days. This is handy when you are trying to get them to accept fruits and veggies.
When you are going to be home with them, you can moisten them with warm water to provide fresh-like fruits and veggies. Boy does this come in handy when you are traveling or on an outing!
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We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.
Also, invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.
If your Senegal Parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.
Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)
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Senegal Parrots, like conures, need lots of room to climb and play. They need lots and lots of toys and they need to be rotated out so they don’t get bored.
Consider getting a cage with a playpen on top for them to play on when you are home. The more room they have the happier they will be.
A minimum of an 18x18x24 cage is really best. If your Senegal Parrot is going to be home alone all day, it will need enough room for a variety of toys and room to swing and play between them. Consider a larger cage if your Senegal will be home alone all day.
Some will argue with me and say that they should be in a small cage so that they will be happy to get out and play with you. We have not found that to be an issue with our birds.
If your family becomes its flock, because you are spending quality time with it, the bird will want to come out and be with you. A large cage will not change his love for you in my opinion.
Cages for Vet Visits and Outings
You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Senegal Parrot in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.
We prefer the Adventure Pack for our birds. Besides it being a nice normal cage, it has a removable canvas cover that works like a tent. You can roll up or keep down as many sides as you wish.
This is very important to keep your Senegal Parrot from getting a chill in winter or overheating in summer.
Here are many of the benefits:
Stainless Steel Cage that looks great.
Removable Cotton Canvas Cover to protect them from wind and sun.
Canvas cover is also a backpack.
Large 8 x 9 door for easy access to your bird.
Collapsible for easy storage when not in use.
Optional mosquito netting.
Cage dimensions are 14"w x 11" d x 17" h.
Bar spacing is 1/2" x 1.5"
Weighs under 5lbs! Actual weight
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Owner stories about their Senegals
Below is a list of stories about Senegals written by their owners. Just put your mouse pointer over the picture to see who's page you are going to, and the click it. You will want to read all of them! Have fun.
If you would like to post pictures and stories of your Senegal Parrot, then do it today!
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