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vinnyvangough - 2007-08-11
Just bought my mate a senegal parrot for her birthday, talk about a brill pet. It's flying round the room and drinking all my bloody coffee! Also attacking the ribena, lol.

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Kimberly - 2007-07-02
I adopted my Senegal about 5 years ago from a rescue. He wasnt abused, but the nurses in the nursing home had no idea what to do with him when his first owner could no longer care for him.

When I read on here about Senegals: "Their voices are softer, quieter and gentler than their larger african cousins like the African Grey." That does not describe my feathered friend at all. He can (and does) get louder than a Cockatoo, and when it comes to trim time he is definitely as strong as one.

But I love him and cannot imagine my life without him. I call him my "other son". I get grief on ocassion that the bird eats better than the humans in the family do. His favorite meal is spaghetti with meat sauce (he gets it ALL over his face!) with green beans and garlic toast. He also has a very demented sense of humor, even to the point of poking fun and laughing at me (particularly when I sneeze). If he hears me mumble something he says, "Whaaaaat?" One of his favorite activities (besides putting holes in my shirts and flapping about in the shower) is swinging and saying, "Wheeeeeeee!"

The dogs and cats have quickly learned that THE BIRD is the boss over them (one quick nip to the nose did that). One time I caught the bird feeding his scraps to Scruffy the (gentlest) dog.

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Jennifer - 2007-06-28
A water spray should not be used as a punishment with birds. Punishments in general don't work well with birds, but I think that can be particularly true of senegal parrots, as they love drama and even a "punishment" can seem rewarding to them.

Use water for baths, which should be pleasurable--not for punishment. It's better to use distractions. Try teaching your parrot a trick. When he's being bad, you can ask him to do the trick; this will distract him from his bad behavior.

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Animal-World info on Eclectus Parrot
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Joanna Thomas - 2007-05-22
Hi from South Africa,

I have the most two beautiful birds in the world. Billy (just over a year) and Ruby, his wife to be(10 months) are the most entertaining, comical clowns - they have no clue they are birds. Billy has been brought up as first born - spoilt brat, and still thinks he is only a baby. Ruby was bought as a present for my husband but also has no clue she is supposed to belong to paul (my husband). Lately Billy feeds her, getting down off his perch to get some choice bit of food and taking it up to her.

Both birds are out of their cage from 6:30am and sit in my office with me until 2:30pm. All of our customers think they are amazing and if they breed I already have orders! Both have the most wonderful natures - our BREEDER told us that we would not enjoy a female Eclectus - but she is far more tolerant. Both talk extremely well - singing "How much is that doggy in the window" - one sings and the other will do Woof Woof at the end. Both Know my dogs by name and will give my cats a run for their money!

I would recommend these wonderful family members to anyone who is looking for a companion or family pet.


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Brenda Himburg - 2007-05-08
Would Like to have male. I have female that is laying eggs but no male to fertilize eggs. I was told it was a male when I bought it 6yrs ago. So my JO-JO, is a Joette.

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Animal-World info on Eclectus Parrot
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Sharon Barker - 2007-05-06
I just want to Thank You for your web site. I needed information on the Eclectus. I needed it immediately, with no time to go to a book store. I am going to be feeding and watering an Eclectus tonight and knew absolutely nothing about them. So your web site is a lifesaver. Thank you very much.
Sharon,
California

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Animal-World info on Senegal Parrot
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Colby Homec - 2007-04-27
I bought Pico about a year ago. Just a few months old. What a fun bird he is. He picks and chooses who he likes. Does not really like my wife, but loves me to death. I almost lost him one day. Long story short. Sengals can fly with very few feathers. It was a good thing I have Pico trained to whistle back to me, as I walked around the neighborhood whistling I finally heard him and I had to climb up a very high tree to get him. I had almost all his feathers clipped too. Great bird though. He doesnt say that much but he has a lot of sounds. I don't really train him to talk either though, so I dont know. We laugh at him all the time. I trained him to lay on his back in my hand or whereever. It's a sure way for me to play with him knowing he wont go poop on me. It also makes it easy for me to trim his nails. I have a condo and he makes a great pet for it. He only chirps in the morning because he is hungry and when I leave for work he screams at me. Other than that if he starts getting too loud, I have a little carry cage that I put him in and I just set it outside. It's kinda like his time out but it's a good time out because it is healthy for him to get a little fresh air anyways. Well Senegals are the best!

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Sharon - 2007-04-22
I bought Mango 6 years ago from the local pet store! As soon as i saw him, I knew I had to have him! He was the most adorable little thing I had ever seen. As soon as I brought him home, he settled in straight away....letting us all know that the ceiling fan was all his haha. He would imitate the phone, the smoke alarm, would shout 'Tyson, get out you bad boy!' at the dog (that was all my fault!) and even bark when someone rang the doorbell. He was my best friend and I loved him more than anything in this world!
Mango had to be put to sleep on Tuesday (17.04.07) as he had some sort of muscle disease and I am absolutley devastated! It feels as if i have lost a child so for all you senegal owners out there, look after your parrot, let him know everyday how much you love him and give him all the hugs and kisses he wants

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Pamela S. - 2007-04-19
Skully is our two foot Macaw, living in an African Red Bellied Parrot body!! He is wonderful, playful and very intelligent. He has his entire household "trained" to be at his beck and call. This includes the newest addition to our family, Hershey, an 80 pound chocolate lab puppy. Our family considers Hershey to be Skully's dog. Skully feeds him his leftovers, plays with him, calls him by name and disciplines him when necessary. His favorite phrase is "Hi Baby" which is something that I said to him for only a week before he picked it up. He whistles and sometimes talks continuosly at one minute intervals combining rambling with distinct understandable words and phrases such as "Good Morning, Hello, Good-Bye, Good Night, Trouble." Before I met Skully, I didn't realize that sharing my life with a bird could be so enjoyable!! I look forward to each day that I have with him and am grateful that my life has been graced with his presence!

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Linda Calkins - 2007-03-22
I adopted a 13-year old Meyers parrot after my green-cheeked conure died. Wally Meyers is not the sweetest bird I have ever had, but he is definitely the most interesting. Because of being shoved into a room with little people interaction, it took me over 6 months to get him not to bite and to allow me to touch him anywhere. He still gets a bit fiestly if he is higher than I am, but we work with that. He will allow me to lay him on his back on my lap while I stroke his head. I recently moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a five-bedroom house, so he travels with me everywhere and no longer screams for attention. I still have to find the 'perfect' spot for his cage, but he is patient and loves to be loved.

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