Animal Stories - Senegal Parrot


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   Senegal Parrots are known for their acrobatics, their mischievousness, and their passion!
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Abraham H Rademeyer - 2012-02-14
I have a senegal parrot (Smartie) who is about 15 months old. I don't know if he is male or female. He was very close to me until recently when we had family staying with us. He suddenly started biting me and now he only seems to want my husband. He doesn't want me to touch him as he bites and draws blood. Please could anyone give me advise on how to get him to stop biting me and win his love back.

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  • Jack - 2012-02-15
    My local bird guy and a lot of reaserch says as a correcting behavior as he bites, don't draw your hand back and quickly twitch your hand, as this will scare him and show that you are in charge. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you. My buddy has a Yellow Crowned Amazon and has a similar problem. I have a senegal myself and loves everyone except my brother. I really feel bad for you and hope your problem gets better.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    Thought of something you might try. If you close your fist and then pull your hand down to form a 90 degree angle with your wrist - there isn't anything that Smartie can grab a hold of to bite. He can hit you with his beak but no skin to hold onto. You would talk nicely and just hold the back of your fisted hand up and possibly let him get the whatever out of his system. Make sure he can only get to the back of your hand that is stretched tight though. OK? Go slow - we want to make friends here - hopefully.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    Something strange happened probably. Smartie now associates you with some scary thing that you hva eno idea what it is. Maybe a baby cried or a big noise or maybe he got scared of someone while on your shoulder. Let him have some space for just a few days - say 3 or 4. Then start giving him treats with your hand, piece of toast, cheerio, pine nut etc. Just do that until he is comfortable with that. Then while your hubby is not around - or in the same room - try talking to Smartie and making friends again. There is one other thing here though I must tell you. It is possible that Smartie - for whatever reason has chosen your husband as his MATE. Spring is coming and it is the mating time of year and possibly Smartie will not go back till her normal self till summer. Hormones and jealousy.
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jay jay - 2012-01-10
senegal parrots are dangerous they bite deadly

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-10
    No, that jusat isn't true and I am sure sorry if you had a bad experience. Senegal parrots make quite charming, comical and fun companions for humans. Yes, if they are cornered or extremely frightened, they will bite but it is unusual and they almost always provide definit warning via there foot coming stright out or their head down and eyes going in and out. The bite hurts but it sure doesn't hurt as bad as hitting your finger with a hammer or stubbing your toe on the bed. It sure isn't deadly.
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Kingsley Kezinibe - 2011-06-30
I have a senegal parrot that is 9 months old. I named him Paul. He is sometimes restless but very active. I am not very sure of its sex. But I have read some peoples experiences about their parrots laying eggs after some years. I want to know if my Paul can lay eggs on its own without having a mate of different sex. Can they reproduce even while in their cages?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-30
    If your Senegal is a male there is no way he can lay an egg. However if your Senegal is a female it is possible that she can lay an egg without having a mate. Her egg would not be fertile and would not hatch and no chick could be produced. She may want to sit it for awhile or not sit it. Many people write in regarding their parrots laying an egg as they are surprised and shocked. It does happen but it does not happen frequently. It is not the norm but it does happen. Female chickens just lay eggs.
    Yes, a bird can mate and reproduce in their cages but if you wish to breed your Senegal it would be a whole lot easier to do it with a flight cage and a nest box. Attmepting to breed a Senegal in a regular cage and no nest box would probably not be sucessful.
  • Kingsley Kezinibe - 2011-11-30
    Thanks Charlie. Is there a way I can determine the sex of my senegal? That's one. Secondly, my senegal often pecks me even though its quite friendly. What do i do to stop this behaviour. Finally can they talk clearly? Thanks.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    There is no 100% accurate way to determine the sex of a senegal parrot without DNA sexing. However, most breeders can tell by looking with about 90% accuracy. The females top of the head going from the eyes and up and over the top and then to the top of the neck is a smoothe curve. The males head is flatter and you can usually feel a sligh angle ridge at the back of the head before you get to the neck area. Femlaes head is smoothe and males head is flatter. Real easy to see when babies before they feather in. Senegals don't usually talk clearly. They will say a few words and you will know what they mean but someone else may not. You will know though and that is what counts. Pecking you --- parrots have just a few ways of telling us humans they don't like what we are doing. A foot can come straight out - sorta like a cop stopping traffic. That means 'hey I don't want pet now' and if you continue anyway - they will sometimes peck at you. Pecking can just be an attention thing or habit in which case the easiest thing to do is when she does it just grab her beak with your thumb and finger and say a big 'NO' and then say 'good girl' and give her a kiss on the beak. You can also grab her beak and do a figure 8 with it and come up with a rhyme of sorts. Replace the behavior - via showing her another behavior.
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Will - 2011-11-29
I have a 7 year old male mesotypus senegal (Orange ). I am hopeing to get him a female. Can the subspecies be mixed?
Nominate senegals (Yellow) are so common.
Would there be any health issues for subspecies hybrids?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    You shouldn't have any problems and I don't know of anyone that would tell you that hybrids would have health issues.
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Samuel King - 2011-07-22
We have a Senegal who has made me it's special person. It's kind of creepy in a sense, because I inadvertently got Jessica to "smile" and dance, and now, I'll call her a "she"... she will be with me, and she'll smile and start doing a rain dance on my hand, rubbing her hiney on the back of my hand and clucking and cooing. What's up with that? I find this disturbing. I see male pigeons doing this around their mates, and wonder, what is my little buddy doing to my hand? She's a fun bird, we had one before, but it never did this. What is my bird doing, and should I be disturbed about this behavior?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    I wouldn't be disturned about the behavior. She's probably doing what you think she is doing (G - rated site) but dogs will sometimes hum - as will a cat. Just move your hand but don't get upset or mad. Ever had a bird try and feed you? Regutitate on you? Touch your lips with your tongue? They love you. They don't know or understand just showing affection or yep maybe think they are mating. It is life and no reason to be concerned or get upset or anything. Just put her in your other hand and give her a kiss on the top of her head. Just affection.
  • Billie - 2011-10-17
    Hi Jessicas human, nothing to be worried or disturbed about. She/he likes you and is bonding to you. She/he's doing their mating part, there are no body fluids, no genital exposure etc. because we are not a bird mate. They can and often do have a climax if left to continue this ritual ( most birds show this by a heavy panting, parted beak and ruffled feathers ). Don't be mad, upset with them, or put them back in their room they are showing you they have love for you. Nicely change them to other hand and give them something else to play with or a treat to eat, for a distraction. Afterwards, then you can place them back in their room. In my experience, it's usually the male who exhibit this behavior with their chosen human. I have currently 10 parrots, and have had parrots approximately 25 years. I'm not a breeder, just a bird lover.
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Kingsley Kezinibe - 2011-06-30
I am happy that this medium provides an opportunity to share experiences and get education on how to care for my senegal parrot named Paul as well as its love-bird sister named Tracy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-30
    Bird people understand bird people and enjoy hearing about their stories and the life of their birds. It is a fun thing. Welcome on board.
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juanita - 2011-05-28
I was given a senegal parott. He is 49 yrs. old, and i just love him but he tries his hardest to really hurt me. He has a huge table top cage. I let him out every day, take care of him, but he likes males. He allows me to pet him every once and a while. He screams at me, tries to attack me,growls at me. I just laugh at him and keep talking to him. I do not know if he is just to old to train. He talks but I can't understand most of what he says. He is really a mean little boy. Any one know any thing about what to do? thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-28
    WOW you got courage there. OK. A Senegal parrot life span in the wild is around 30 years old and in captivity they say about 50. Your fella could go another 15 years so let's not worry about that. How sure are you that he is 49? Birds go through phases - just like humans. They are cuddly babies. There really is the terrible twos and puberty. Then finally there is adulthood and some order and consistency. Can they continue to learn? Sure just like humans. However, your little fella is quite mature and just like us humans when we get mature, his back might hurt or maybe he has a little arthritis or maybe just cranky. He is older and with that comes ailments that you just can't do anything about. Rather than you trying to train him - why don't you let him train you? Some folks would get really ticked and say a person always has to be in control. You can be in control but just listen and watch and do what your little guy tells you to do and enjoy him. 49 years old - this was probably a wild caught a long time back - probably not hand fed and probably in many different homes. He allows you to pet him - how can you tell when he is in the mood? How do you know he will allow this and when? Just pet him when he is in a responsive mood. Hand feed him something like cracked sunflower seeds or little pieces of chicken. Figure out something he dearly loves to eat and eat with him every day. He will start to learn that your company means something good -- all the time. He screams at you? Try and figure out why. Is he cranky or frightened. Are you too close to what he believes is his territory? He screams. Again, try and figure out why. You keep doing what you said and talk to him, laugh, hand feed him, pet him when he is responsive. Listen and watch him. Watch his body movements. He has a table top cage? Kitchen? Can you eat dinner with him? If possible, you should try and remove him from his cage (area) and place him on a neutral perch - not in his terriotory so you can work with him a little on "UP" "TREAT" "PET" etc. The first step, I believe, is knowing and understanding where he is at. Chronlogically he might be 49 but cognitive is about 3 years old. So he is 3 years old in an old persons body that probably aches a little at times. Go slow, try and make friends like you are doing and the more he enjoys being around you, the more he will want to be around you. So try the treats, eat dinner with him, always pet him when he is repsonsive, set up a neutral territory, ignore poor behavior and go from there. Just enjoy him on the days you can and laugh and talk to him on the days he is a pistol. Lots of luck - truly.
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vicky - 2011-05-08
I recently purchased a baby senegal and it is gorgeous. He has one permanently splayed leg but has adapted rather well to this. My query is that he has made a low gurgling/wheezing sound on several separate occasions, but each time was on my knee and half asleep. Is this anything to worry about?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    If the poop looks normal and there is no white droppings around the vent, sounds like he is OK. If his breathe smeels fine than sounds like he is good. The wheezing - is this only occuring when he is sleeping? Is he actually wheezing? They do sneeze but very infrequently and I honestly don't know if they sneeze or they hear us sneeze so they do cuz it is funny to them. If he is wheezing then I would be watching for a respiratory infection. Are his nostrils clear. Tell me more if you can but if he is actually wheezing quite a bit then I think you would need to take him to a vet. I have a bird that only has 1 wing. Doesn't bother him at all. They don't know it's not normal.
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Karen - 2011-03-01
I just recently purchased my senegal. I didn't even know what kind of bird he was yesterday! Anyway, I decided to get a bird after years of not having any pets. I had one when I was a child, and the bird and I bonded so well. He was like my only little best friend! I missed that, so I decided to get a parrot again.
OH BOY, did I know what I was getting myself into??! The previous owner never told me about how noisy and loud he is! He never stops, and yells and yells! He has a very loud sound and I live in an apartment building. I am a student and it is very hard for me to concentrate sometimes because he just goes on and on and on!
I am considering giving him up, before I get a letter from my landlord with neighbor complaints! I don't know what to do to keep him quiet. My other bird was never this loud!
I am really, really torn on what I should do! I want to build a strong bond with him, he is a 1 1/2 years old, but I can't have him being this loud!
I take him out, put him on the floor so he can walk around, put him on my shoulder sometimes, but eventually he starts making noise again. Not only this, but every time I take him out, he pukes! Every time! Makes me not want to take him out sometimes, because I am afraid he is going to puke on anything he walks on!
Any suggestions?

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Alice - 2011-02-19
I have a Senegal named Stripe that we've had for 5 years, since Stripe was 10 months old. Stripe was the only bird in the house for 4 years, has a great vocabulary, cognition, and wit. Last year we introduced two clown finches into the household - Click and Clack are in a separate cage, but Stripe seems interested in them and sits on their cage during his free range time watching their antics. Once we put the larger clown finch, Clack in the large cage with Stripe, and everything seems fine. Lately, Click and Clack have gotten quite plump and I think they may need to fly around in the larger cage. Should I try this?

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