Animal Stories - Senegal Parrot


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   Senegal Parrots are known for their acrobatics, their mischievousness, and their passion!
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Rachel - 2014-06-03
My Senegal parrot escaped three weeks ago. When he got out, he was in the early stages of puberty: lots of molting, his eyes beginning to change color from grey to a definite yellow. Four days ago, I got a call that he had been found and went to pick him up. The found parrot is farther into puberty, with orange eyes with dark circles around them and very bright plumage. So my question is: is it possible it is the same parrot? It is friendly toward me but, so far, does not show any of the behaviors I had known my parrot to. However, the combination of puberty and three weeks in the wild, plus the fact that he's only just gotten home ... he might just be tired and stressed. Any advice?

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chris - 2010-10-03
I have a 4 month old senegal who seems to sleep upside down in its cage. Is this normal? The cage is 20x24x36 with a play top area. The bird is tame bought from a breeder who I feel loves her birds and takes pride in her birds. I really like this bird and look forward to the future with this pet but was wondering if they sleep this way?

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  • John - 2010-10-21
    Chris, I have a three year old Senegal who started sleeping upside down about 4 months ago. He is very happy and well adjusted. Should have named him "Batman". I think it's perfectly normal. I got my bird when he was two. Apparently he had little attention given to him and just sat around. It took about 6 months but he now is very active, loves toys, and is quite playful and affectionate. By the way, my cage is a similar size.
  • encee - 2010-10-30
    I have a Senegal, too and she does this all the time. It is very normal for her!
    In fact sometimes, to tell me she wants to go to sleep, she goes up to the top of her cage and holds on to it upside down. So I cover her and she's happy. I asked a bird store owner if this breed does this a lot and she said they did. Mine also likes to dangle upside down on one foot from a towel hanging in the bathroom. Real acrobat!!!
  • Andrea - 2011-01-17
    I have an 8 year old senegal who sleeps upside down half of the week and on a perch the other. He seems to be fine and just loves to view the world upside down.
  • Jenni - 2011-01-30
    Chris, I'm not sure if you are still looking for an answer to this, and hopefully everything is still okay with the bird. It is normal for birds to sleep in different positions. We are familiar with birds who perch on one leg or sleep against something, but there are many birds who like to sleep upside down or even on their backs! Just like people, every bird's sleep style is different. Make sure he is getting proper nutrition, play time, a good diet (NOT a seed-only diet), and good socialization with you and other members of the house.
  • Jo - 2014-02-07
    My Senegal spends pretty much her whole life upside down !!!
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Kevin westney - 2013-11-07
What temperture for breeding senegals in outside shed thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    Parrot species originate from places with warm, tropical climates. For most parrots the comfort range is between 65º to 80º Fahrenheit, with an average ambient (room or outside) temperature of 72º being good for most. They can withstand a much broader range, however, of 40-90º Fahrenheit, but for this they need time to adjust. Any quick drop in temperature can be devastating to both their comfort and health and more extreme temperatures may not inspire breeding. Also make sure they are in a draft free area.

    A newly-hatched baby needs a temperature of at least 95-98º Fahrenheit (in hand rearing situations this usually provided by some sort of artificial heat). As they grow to the pinfeather stage (at around 4 weeks of age) they can be kept at room temperature of about 72º Fahrenheit.
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Gabby - 2008-10-03
Alas, fellow Senegal lovers it seems we are destined to try to please what can be a very moody bird species. I have two Sengal parrots. Scooter, the male, is 20 (yes, that's twenty!)years old. I got him at 4 weeks of age and he has only just become more predictable in his behavior. I am hoping his hormone levels have peaked and are now on the decline that will hopefully lead to more dependable, good behavior. For many years, he would give me severe bites on the hands, arms, and face. These bites were always unexpected and I could never really pin down what might have sent him over the edge. I have read everything out there on Sengal behavior and what has worked best for Scooter and I are boundaries and setting limits. I do not let him have the run of the house and return him to his cage periodically and latch the door to reinforce his dependency on me. If he goes through a spell where he acts as if doesn't respect me, I will take him out of his environment and upset his comfort level with a trip to the post office, etc. so that he again views me as his safety net. Keeping their nails groomed and wings trimmed is especially important- an independent Senegal can get pretty full of himself. Track on a calandar what months you seem to be having the most behavioral problems. It could be cyclic with hormones and the seasons. Don't give up! Maintain the commitment you made to your Senegal when you first got it. Be aware of your Senegals body language and know the signals- flashing eyes, low aggressive stance, etc. Sengals should not be placed on your head (Scooter leaned over and bit my eyelid) and shoulder time is stongly discouraged. There is a reason the pirates with parrots wear eye patches! There is no reason that you can't enjoy your Sengal for as many years as I have plus 20 to 30 more.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-13
    Just about to get a rescue bird, thanks for positive flow. I know this love is love. You step in, never give in. Animals rock, god bless.
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Cindi Kirby - 2009-03-18
I have spoken about Emma, our parrot on your site previously - when we had just got her. Dr Jungle has her as a postcard pet. She is about 4 years old already! I think she is a HE, but nonetheless, the name Emma stuck! She is incredibly tame - which can be a problem! We leave her cage open at all times - just outside our back door. Our dogs are there too - and I prefer her to be near them, in case a stray cat comes to eat her! The dogs have a great relationship with her, but she DEFINITELY RULES THE ROOST! We are a family of 5, and no one else is allowed to pick her up! She bites them! But not immediately, which is always a problem, as they keep wanting to trust her, then she gives them a good bite! She has never ever bitten me. She wouldnt dare, because I am strict with her. I get very angry with her when she bites or tries to bite my kids and she gets taken back to her cage and closed in there for 20 mins. It doesnt help! She still bites everyone else! But some guests try their luck and she doesnt bite them - its never really a serious bite, but leaves a dent in the finger which is very painful for a child! She adores me. She waddles around the house looking for me - and she always gets attention this way, even if I take her back to her cage - as I am afraid of her messing the house, chewing the wood or cables of computers! She allows me to do absolutely anything with her! I look in her mouth, grab her tongue, she lies upsidedown in my hand. I grab her beak and shake it, as one would do with the muzzle of a dog. I cut her feathers, I rub her feet, I SMOTHER her with kisses and tickle her tummy and under her wings. In fact I am a bit rough with her and she LOVES it! She screams at the dog - ZIGGY, all day - and I dont know how she keeps on with it - because the dog never get screamed at by us! ;-). The dogs keep their distance from her - but if they are lying on a mat in our hallway and she walzes into the house, she walks within inches of them, and they dont budge! They DO keep their eye on her, though!She never ever bites them. Sometimes, I try to put her on Flash's back (she is a boxer), but she just flaps her wings and flies down. She adores any seeded bread and can destroy that for an hour, eating all the seeds. She also LOVES sweetcorn on the cob. She is very spoilt with food and is extremely greedy. She also loves to swim and splash in her water! Once we left her at home when we went away on holiday (with the dogs) and someone came in to feed them daily. I forgot to cut her wings before I left. She flew away - I think they tried to get her down from the roof with a broom, and it spooked her and she flew. She gets spooked VERY easily. She was gone for 4 days and we found her at the Veterninary CLinic. Someone WITH DOGS had brought her in. Thankfully! Unfortunately, she hates my husband and she stretches her neck out as far as possible, almost toppling off her cage to try and bite him as he goes past! He says we should let her grow her wings and fly away! Ha ha! She adores showing off in front of our friends and showing them all the things she can do - like lying on her back. I also pick her up by the scruff of her neck - like one would a kitten and she just hangs there - calm as anything! Everyone thinks thats the cutest! She just LOVES attention and would sleep with me at night if she could. Sometimes, when I rest on my bed of an afternoon - which is FAR away from her cage, she will walk the entire length of the house to come and find me - chattering and clicking all the kissing sounds all the way! Quite irreristable! Unfortunately, she DOES screech - and usually does it when I hang the washing right near her. I tell her to stop it immediately, - then she does some quiet little whistles and then hears a bird in the distance, and starts screeching again! I have battles with her all the time with this! If I start whistling or singing, she joins in and its the cutest sound. She mixes up all the notes, but gets 2 or 3 in a row right! Its really the cutest thing! She is also very funny the way she mimics us laughing! She ALWAYS mimics laughter and its a low giggle that she does, but quite amazing! She is actually extremely well behaved. Unfortunately, one of the negatives about having her outside and in an open cage, wild birds come and visit her and take her food. I am amazed that she doesnt chase THEM away! She just watches them. I think she quite likes the company! She is extremely good at immitating sounds! We live in SA, so we have an alarm system that turns on and off everytime we exit or enter our house - and she mimics the sounds it makes, as well as the squeak of the door and the clang of the gate. She doesnt say many words well - but she will try and mimic almost every SOUND we make! IF we click, she clicks, if we cough, she coughs, if we laugh, she laughs, if we bang, she bangs! Quite amazing. The tiring thing about her - is that she demands a LOT of attention! I read in one of the other comments, that the guy started leaving his parrot for LONGER in her cage - as she didnt like spending the entire day with him - I find the same with Emma - if I take her somewhere, she gets a bit tired and irritated and starts screeching, and then I know that she wants to go back to her place! They definitely DO try to communicate what they want! She also huffs up her feathers and RUNS at one of my daughters feet in the lounge! Hysterics! But one learns what to be careful of - and if you show her that you are scared - then she thinks you are submitting to her and she rules the roost even more!

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  • Allison Yarbrough - 2010-05-08
    I think it's great how open you are with your Senegal but it does worry me that you leave her out to roam. You already lost her once! My mom and I hatched my Senegal 16 years ago and she is very precious. My mom has also been a parent of a female Senegal for 28 years. It seems that this breed is very partial to females and focuses on one parent. Sasha tolerates my mom only when I am not around (she hand fed her as a baby) but tries to bite her while I am in the picture. I do think it is wonderful how much freedom you give to Emma but you may want to keep your doors shut since you don't clip her wings. You don't want her flying away again and being eaten by some animal or starving to death. It's just not responsible as a pet owner.
  • lindy alvestad - 2011-01-06
    I wonder if you are still lucky enough to still have this little bird. So many things accidental things can happen to small birds especially one that enjoys as much freedom as yours appears to have. If you still have this bird, I suggest you go to the "Bird-n-Way" sites for some education or there are excellent magazines out there such as "Bird Talk" and others that will help you enjoy your bird while keeping him/her safe for years to come. Good luck and good reading!
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Candice - 2013-01-13
We have a gorgeous 3 month old senegal parrot, Tango. His poop has not been consistent, what do i do? We feed him a little carrot, grape and nectarine, sometimes cucumber, with his usual bowl of parrot cereal with a little plumage pellet. He is a very active bird, loves me to bits not so much my husband, tolerates him... He likes to burrow in my hair or regurgitates often on my shoulder, and loves being outside in the sun, tho its not for very long too hot at the moment.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    He doesn't sound sick from your description of his activities. Droppings are usually fairly consistent, though diet as well as temperature can affect them. When keeping an eye on itdaily, what you need to watch out for is a major change from what you normally observe, (quantity, color, consistency or smell). If you see a major change, then that can indicate your bird may need to see a vet.
  • Candice - 2013-02-18
    His poop is better, thunk it was just his growing phase. However what does one do when he seems to suffer from separation anxiety? Every time i leave the room he is in the lounge, he screeches and wont stop til i come back. How do i prevent this? Im pregnant so worry this will upset baby routine too.
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David - 2012-12-20
I have been without a Bird Pet Friend for several years. I previously owned a Quaker named Pickles and loved that Bird. I have been offered a 3 year old Female Senegal. The current owner (also a male) is moving and can not take her with him. I REALLY want to give this bird a new and great home. Any advice on problems I should expect?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-21
    The Senegal parrot is a really good choice. They are a bit smaller than your Quaker parrot was, but their personalities are awesome and they are usually quieter birds. Rule of them when bringing home a new parrot, it takes them about 30 days to adjust to their new environment. So you can use that time to help establish the type of relationship, activities, and interactions you'd like before old learned behaviors start asserting themselves. Good luck, and I don't think you will be sorry adopting that little bird!
  • David - 2012-12-22
    On my way to get her now. :-)
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Tesni - 2012-10-30
Hiya, I'm after a bit of advice. After wanting a parrot ever since I was a child I finally bought my self a rehome Senegal called Sonny. I've had fim for about 3 weeks and he's settled in to our home very well. The problem I have is that he has bonded to my husband rather than to me. He won't let me touch him at all and growls at me if I get too close to him. Yet he will let my husband tickle him, pick him up, turn him upside down and he makes cute lil noises. I'm totally gutted that he dosen't seem to like me but loves me husband (who really isn't all that fussed on Sonny!!!) If any one can offer any adive on how to get him to bond with me I'd be soooo greatful!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-30
    I'd love to tell you that this is unusual but it just isn't.  Parrots have a way of PICKING or SELECTING their mates based on whatever they see.  You can possibly change this somewhat over time by giving it treats with your hand, talking to it, leaving it on a perch outside it's cage by you, letting it eat off your dinner plate, etc.  You can try taking it a small room (bathroom) and sitting down n the floor and attempting to play with it. This is just an opinion and of course every person has a different one but I'd assume the bird was bonded to a man before and your husband has taken that place.  I would go out and get a second bird (conures are great) for myself.  That is just me but if I wanted a bird - forever - which I did - my husband has his and I have mine. You can try with treats and just might work -
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Steve - 2012-05-31
Can someone help me. My female Senegal Parrot is 25 years old. A few months ago, she started making a squeaking type cough and not very often. Lately, though, she does it more often, especially in the morning. She does not display the symptoms of a sick bird (no watery eyes, no drooping feathers, droppings are fine, etc). She's very healthy, full of energy, and eats well. What could this squeaky cough be and what might cause it? How can it be stopped. Thanks. SB

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    I can't know but my guess would be that your Senegal heard someone make this sound and for some reason she likes the sound. So she keeps making it similar to being the microwave beeper. I had an amazon that loved to hear my daughter burp and that amazon would burp (big time) everytime we had company over. It seems if behavior, vent, eating are all OK and behavior is fine - Senegal should be fine. I would check her nostrils to make sure nothing in them but is there someone in the home that has made a similar sound?
  • Richard - 2012-06-09
    First, it is heartening to know your Senegal is in good health at 25-years-old. I often worry about changing symptoms and behavior of my 14-year-old Senegal, Zoe. She finally stopped picking her feathers which worried me immensely but now she is back to looking like a normal beautiful Senegal. I have hepa filters installed in just about every room in the house. So, you might try that if you haven't already. We get lots of fine dust in the air even though we have double-paned windows and we seldom open any windows (I live in Central Texas). I give both of our birds clean fresh water out of the filter receptacle from our refrigerator and I often change it two or three times a day depending on how much they dip their food into the water container. We bird owners often treat our little feathered friends like family because they really are family. You really get attached to them and likewise they to us. But it's sort of like the Golden Rule -- treat these wonderful God's little creatures with the same loving care we would want for ourselves and our loved ones.
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steve - 2007-03-27
I adopted Harley in June of 2004 due to my best friend and his wife having no time to spend with the bird. At first he did not like me one bit, being agressive and quiet. In October of 2004 me and my fiance moved out on our own and he's come along very much. Harley is still agressive with my fiance and anyone but myself, but everyone who comes in contact with him is warned ahead of time. For food he gets 3 to 5 baby carrots, and the food we get from the bulk section of a local grocer which has a variety of seeds, peanuts, and other varieties. His cage really hasn't changed since i've owned him but when someone is home, his cage is always open along with his ladder that touches the floor. He knows the microwave, sirens, telephone, says hi, says dadda, momma, harley, mickey, dances, paces when he wants me, and he hangs himself in the cage (either upside down, or in the corner) so we can pet him. He's an awesome pet but when he gets out of line, he gets a spray of water to let him know he's bad.

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