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Senegal Parrot

(Poicephalus senegalus)

The Senegal Parrot  is mainly green in colour with a yellow, red or orange belly. There are 3 different sub species but they only differ in the colouring of their bellies. Senegalus senegalus has a yellow belly, Senegalus versteri has a red belly, and Senegalus mesotypus has an orange belly. All have a deep vee shaped "vest" that reaches anywhere from the lover chest, to between the legs. Here in the UK most Senegals are of the orange or yellow type, although all are inter-bred on a regular basis. All are around 9 inches tall and they weigh around 140 grams.

All three subspecies have exactly the same characters, the same needs and have the same qualities. For this reason all the following information is equally true for all three sub species.

Senegals make excellent pets. They are equally at home with an experienced owner or with a total novice. They are generally regarded as a "bullet proof" bird. They do not frighten easily and are always up for a new experience! I have heard of people who have accidentally let an Alsatian dog into the room where a free flying Senegal was going about his business. The owner darted into the room to find the dog cowering in a corner, and the Senegal was strutting around the carpet looking as hard as nails!

These birds have a personality with a capital P. They are everything you could want from a companion bird. They love cuddles, kisses and head and belly rubs. They are constantly inquisitive and are happy enough left in their cage as long as they have plenty of toys to play with. Talking is not a Senegals strong point. He will learn a few words, and even a sentence or two, but he will never be an African Grey. Most often mimicked are telephone ring tones, whistles, microwave ovens etc, and he will become very proficient at these type of sounds.

There are two reliable ways of sexing a Senegal. DNA testing or Surgical sexing. Several people claim to be able to sex a Senegal by head shape, the deepness of the vee in the vest, or even feeling at the bottom of the breast bone. None of these methods are anywhere near infallible. If you want to sex a Senegal, it is much easier to pull a couple of feathers from the chest, and send them for DNA testing. DNA is never wrong.

What are the problems with Senegals? Well, as with all types of parrot, there will always be the occasional rogue bird who refuses to talk or whistle or may even nip if he feels like it. However, with Sennies it is a very very small chance of ending up with one of these birds. Nippiness is more to do with bad hand rearing or bad socialisation rather than a fault of the birds, and if he refuses to talk, I guarantee you will forgive him. His personality far outweighs any minor thing like talking!

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