Following the requested article on the Green Cheek Conure, we now have the request fulfilled by making the article on the Senegal Parrot.
The Senegal Parrot is another small member of the Psittacidae family, and also the first Psittacini tribe member we will analyze.
This small Psittaciforme is, along with the Ringneck Parrot, one of the only two species of parrots that inhabit the woodlands and savannahs of West Africa, its natural habitat. That’s where the Senegal Parrot takes its name from, as Senegal is one of the countries this bird can be found.
They are one of the most popular parrots to have as a pet for a variety of reasons. The Senegal Parrot may be as intelligent and playful as most parrots, but is generally a quiet species. They can also mimic speech and are, unlike some others, reasonably priced. If you want to have one, it is advisable to have him exposed to different people and situations since a young age. If not, your Senegal Parrot will show its jealously nature, becoming a single-person parrot and increasing its aggressiveness towards not only other people, but also its owner. As always, don’t buy a bird that was taken from the wild, as it won’t be a good pet. Did I mention that it’s also illegal? I guess you already know it, right?
Senegal Parrot video
Senegal Parrot facts
Binomial name: Poicephalus senegalus
senegalus (Linnaeus, 1766)
versteri (Finsch, 1863)
mesotypus (Reichenow, 1910)
Conservation status: least concern
Diet: fruit, seeds and blossoms
Natural habitat: open woodlands and savannahs of western Africa
Sexual dimorphism: very slight, and not generally accepted. 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. The female’s beak and head are generally slightly smaller and narrower than the male’s. The under-tail covert feathers (short feathers under the base of the main tail feathers) are generally mostly yellow in the male Senegal Parrot and generally mostly green in the female. Males are generally, but not always, larger and heavier than female birds
Size: averaging 23cm
Average lifespan: about 30 years, usually more in captivity