Among the species of Poicephalus birds, the Senegal parrot is the one that is kept as a pet the most frequently. The United States has received a significant number of these birds via importation, and their popularity shows no indication of waning any time soon. There are three sub-species of the Senegal parrot, and you can tell which one is which just by looking at its colors.
The Sengalus species of Senegal parrot is the first sub-species of the Senegal parrot. It is distinguished by its yellow belly and may be found in the southern regions of Mauritania, Mali, and Guinea, as well as on the island of Los. The second subspecies is known as the Versteri subspecies, and it is the only one of the three to have a red belly. Its natural habitat includes the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Nigeria. The Mesotypus is the third sub-species of the species. The belly of these birds is orange, and they may be found in the north of Nigeria, the north of Cameroon, and the southern part of Chad.
But do Senegals make nice pets? Because of its average size and rather calm demeanor (relative to that of other parrots, of course), the Senegal parrot is an excellent choice for a pet. Because of their little size, they may be handled with relative ease and do not need extremely large cages. Senegal parrots have a limited capacity for speech and can mimic a variety of sounds, although their imitations are not as precise as those of the African Grey Parrot.
The Senegal parrot, like many other species of parrot, has a propensity to attach itself to and form a relationship with a single individual. However, in contrast to the African Grey parrot, the Senegal parrot is believed to be somewhat more “flexible.” Some owners have reported that their birds originally exhibited their devotion to a single member of the family, but eventually shifted their attention to either their spouse or one of their children. Therefore, it’s possible that these parrots aren’t as faithful as other kinds of parrots.
What kinds of foods should you give your Senegal parrot to eat? Your bird’s diet should consist of a variety of seeds, including canary seed, sunflower seed, safflower seed, pine nuts, oats, hemp, and millet. A combination of beans and peas, including soya bean, chick peas, green split peas, yellow split peas, aduki, mung, black eye, haricot, and butter beans, should also be given to them to eat. In addition to that, you might give them cat or dog biscuits, lean chicken, apples, pears, and oranges as part of their diet.
To the food of your Senegal parrot, you should also consider adding some vegetables, such as cooked and raw carrot, cabbage, sprouts, or broccoli, as well as vitamin and mineral supplements. This should be completely adjusted to ensure that your bird does not experience any imbalances.
The propensity of Senegal parrots to bite is something that should be kept in mind if you are thinking about getting one as a pet. It’s possible that they do this when they’re very happy, or when they’re being forced to go back into their cage before they’re ready. If you haven’t worked with this bird before, use extreme care whenever you’re around it.
In areas with moderate climates, the Senegal parrot may be housed either inside or outdoors. They will need a significant amount of time outside of their enclosure as well as a significant amount of one-on-one interaction with their owners. Choose an African Grey instead, on the other hand, if you’re looking for a devoted and affectionate companion.