Monday, August 18, 2014

All About The Senegal Parrot

Although its often viewed as a pest by farmers in African, the Senegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) is has become one of the most popular species of pet parrots. This predominantly yellow-green colored bird possesses a playful and affectionate disposition, making it an attractive choice for families with small children. Before you adopt a Senegal, though, there are a few things you should know about the species.

There are Three Subspecies


There are three subspecies of the Senegal. While plumage colors vary depending on the different subspecies, their behavior traits remain the same. See below for a list of the three recognized Senegal subspecies.
  1. P. s. senegalus -- native to the southern Mauritania, Guinea and Lobos Island, this subspecies possesses a distinct yellow-colored vest.

  2. P. s. mesotypus -- native to Nigeria and Cameroon , this subspecies possesses an orange-colored vest.

  3. P. s. versteri: -- this last Senegal subspecies is native to Nigeria and possesses a darker orange-colored vest.

Noise Level

Individuals and families living in close proximity to neighbors may be concerned about the noise level of a pet parrot. Thankfully, the Senegal (all three subspecies) is viewed as a relatively quiet parrot. This doesn't necessarily mean they are silent, but they produce less noise than other popular species of pet parrots.

Nutrition

The Senegal feeds mostly on maize and millet in the wild, which is why they are viewed as a pest by farmers in Africa. Pet Senegals, however, should be fed a diet that consists mostly of pellet and seed mix. Feeding your bird strictly maize (AKA corn) will restrict key nutrients from their diet, which may lead to malnutrition or other health problems.

Stick with a premium pellet blend that contains minimal "filler" ingredients. Pellets are formulated to meet the nutritional needs of pet parrots, so you can rest assured knowing your Senegal is getting the nutrition it needs to maintain proper health and development. You can check out some of our previous blog posts for more information on choosing the right food for your parrot.

Training

If you are looking for a pet parrot that's easy to train, you are in luck. The Senegal is viewed as a highly intelligent parrot that can be taught a variety of tricks. Whether it's shake, talk, etc., these parrots can be trained to perform a number of different tasks and tricks. All it takes is persistence, dedication, and consistency.

What are your thoughts on the Senegal parrot? Let us know in the comments section below!

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