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Senegal Parrots are known for their acrobatics, their mischievousness, and their passion!
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I am the third owner of my Senegal parrot - Nubbie. At the time I named him that, I didn't know it would be-come him! He can leave you with "nubbie" fingers. I knew my work would be cut out for me when I got him. But I could tell he was depressed. The pet store had him caged on the floor! A big no no for birds. He had no toys to play with. The owner said he fought with the bird every day for a year at just trying to get food in his cage. Nubbie immediatly liked me & stepped up on my finger. The owner was amazed. I worked with him for a year & was getting pretty discouraged. I did not experience the territory behavior that the previous owner had. I made sure he had the biggest cage available. I felt that maybe he missed being around other birds. I ended up bringing him to a bird store to see if they could find him a companion. He stayed there for 2 months. I couldn't sleep at nights worrying & missing Nubbie. I went & picked him back up. He has been so much better behaved since then - BUT - I changed MYSELF. I did a lot of thinking as to what I was doing wrong. I would take him out of the cage at 8 in the morning & keep him in my work room with me until about 6 in the evening. I realized that I may have been over stimulating him & not giving him his own space in his cage. So now he stays in his cage until 2:30 when we go ride in the car to pick up a grandchild at the bus stop. He loves this! He goes back in his cage about 5:30. We now have a much better relationship. I work hard at "reading" his body language. Things are so much better between us. That is not to say that he doesn't have his moody problems. But who doesn't? When he is like that - he is telling me - "back off" I want to be left alone. I love this bird! He makes me so very happy.
The bird store called & told me they had a Senegal parrot who needed a home, as his former people gave her up. So, once again - here I go! I hope to be able to bring Baby to the same relationship that I have developed with Nubbie! I have had her for 4 days now, I can put my hand in the cage to touch her head. Hopefully she will get comfortable enough to step up on my finger soon! I want to give her a kiss!
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joshua m -
Hello! My name is joshua and I'd like to know if u got any tips on breeding senegals. I got a pair my self but they seem too apart. I'd apreciate ur help>
How can i get my senegal to stop biting me?
Ripley (Portland, OR) -
I'm really curious to know how your two senegals have gotten along. I have a rescued senegal myself, no idea how old but I know he is a male and I've often thought about getting him a friend. I've heard they tend to be the jealous type and I already know my little guy is. I hope all has gone well!
This February (2009) my Senegal named Tobias will be 30 years old. I have had the pleasure of his companionship for 28 years. He also trusts only one person and tolerates everyone else. He is generally calm yet he has his moments. There have been times he has bitten me well enough to break the skin. This usually happens when other people are around and this may be his way of telling me he doesn't like sharing me with anyone else. After so many years he knows me and every movement I make in the house wanting attention constantly. As I arrive home from work down the driveway he knows it's me and I can hear him vocalize wanting out of the cage and his head feathers rubbed backwards. After all these years the routine has not changed much which consists of a lot of attention. I guessed as he grew older he would slow down, not so! It seems he requires more attention as the years go by. I love it. He picks up on what goes on around him and mimics what he can. I get a special kick on how my Son taught him to grumble. I have not regretted one moment since I
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I stumbled on this site while looking up whether my Senegal would like papaya. From what I've read it seems they like papaya and also like the peppery taste of the seeds.
My Senegal is female, about 12 years old. I hate to leave here with anyone but we know a good vet who loves all animals. Her husband keeps birds in back of their office. One is a Senegal, but not so tame since it is a rescue bird from a previous owner who for whatever reason didn't want it.
My bird, Zoe is her name, is so loveable. I can pick her up anytime. She puts her head down first thing in the morning and wants her birdie scratches. I could be cleaning her cage, changing her water and putting in fresh food and millet sprays. You'd think she would make a bee line for the food right away as one of my other birds, a gray cheek parakeet would always do. He died a little over a year ago at 20 years old. But Zoe wants to get on my shoulder, she wants me to pick her up and talk to her all the time. Lots of head bobs, wing flutters and tail waggles and little chirpings. What a great little companion pet. Like you, I would never give her up for the world.
I have a four year old Senegal named Griffin and he is absolutely the best bird I could have ever asked for. He is the sweetest little guy, only cranky in the morning, always bending his head down for a neck scratch and putting his foot up while saying "step up" so I'll pick him up. He loves perching on my shoulder and comes to me when I want him to come down, he never gives me a difficult time. He can be a little stubborn at times though, and loves to shred anything left lying around (don't leave any important papers near him!) He is also very smart, and has a vocabulary of about 15 words and phrases. He gives kisses on command and even imitates the alarm system! He is not a one-person bird at all because we spent a lot of time socializing him from when he was young, so he will "step up" for just about anyone (though only his chosen "flock" are allowed to pet and cuddle him). He will also lay on his back in my hand, and swing back and forth upside down like a little acrobat. I love this little guy to pieces, what a great big personality for a tiny little thing!
I have recently acquired my second senegal, Dylan, a 12 week old male. My previous bird was lost when a door was left open around 6 months ago and I've pined for him ever since. They are fantastic birds and complex in nature and should be treated so, my previous parrot harry was without doubt the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I didn't realise another creature could be quite so intelligent. But as such they can be unpredictable, and I always found a change in scenery helped with negative behaviour. Removing a toy from the cage, moving cage or covering three sides may help in stimulating problem birds to think of something else. I have heard that owners with other birds should experiment with cage heights and positions and although I can't speak from experience on this I think it is worth a mention. I also allow my bird to be handled by as many people as possible and constantly push the boundaries of what he is comfortable with me doing with him (laying him on his back and opening his wings etc). They have a very strong impulse on where they are within the flock, and I cannot stress enough that you need to be firm with them. If my bird bites my ear for instance, I'll drop the shoulder it's on and tell him off. I'm the boss in our relationship and that's the end of the story, and as long as the bird knows that we'll always be fine. If you have other birds in the house I would urge you to try and move the birds around, but I hope you get around it all and bring your parrot back to the bird it was.
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These are great tips. My senegal is about the sweetest bird you can ever ask for and I know a large part of that is the socialization. From the time I first got him I made sure to have him practice "stepping up" with as many people as possible which I think is very important and prevents them from becoming one person birds. Now he will step up for just about anyone and perch on just about anyone's shoulder, and he also lets my brother and mom pet him. When he is being naughty (tries to bite at my skin or clothes when he's perched on my hand or shoulder), I drop my hand or shoulder like you said and he immediately quits what he's doing. He is as sweet/good as can be I feel because of these things. People need to understand that in order to have a well-behaved bird you need to spend lots of time with it and give the proper training!
I have an eight year old senegal named Frankie, (He was my birthday present.) At first he was very shy, but then he turned around and was very nice and playful, he did "kisses" and said his name and even used to sing the banana phone song! He only snapped at me occasionally. Now, everytime I try to take him out he bites very hard, my whole family is almost afraid of him! I recommend senegals for singles or couples, for I think they will tolerate more than a couple people, but they will bond to one. Overall for bird lovers who have time to spend with their bird I think a senegal is a fun and good choice!
I have a question about Senegals. Can anyone tell me what the oldest they normally breed. I have a pair that are around 13 years old and was wondering if that is too old for them to breed?
Any help would be very much appreciated.
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jos mh -
Hi im joshua & got that same question, can u help me please
I recently 'inherited' a 2 year old Senegal from my son who is now living in the UK.
Her name is Avo (I wonder why) aka Pork Chop/Banana Girl/Sweet Pea! She is the cutest little piece of fluff ever and certainly has a personality and mind of her own. What I have come to realise is that she is just like a two year old child and I treat her accordingly. When she's naughty (she actually has tantrums and lies on her back, legs up and literally screams and shouts) I find that if I distract her by changing the scenery, perhaps go for a walk in the garden, she calms down. As for biting, which she loves to do, I make a big whoo-haa about NO BITING and she goes into her cage for a bit of time out. My daughter has really persevered with 'getting acquainted' with Avo who has recently developed a strange mannerism when my daughter approaches her. She puffs up all her feathers, making herself larger and sort of waddles, cowboy style towards my daughter, but will always accept a tickey tickey from her. I think that as caretakers of these wonderful birds we should not let them rule our lives but rather teach them to fit into our lives.
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My senegal is cute. (: He says Kiss. and blows a kiss. He says hello and night night and stuff. He's only 3, (: but the thing is, he really doesn't like my brother. This type of bird is probably best with a couple or a single person. Also don't tease them, they remember. I love jasper, he's one of the best friends I could ask for. He's amazing, very loving, and he puts his head down for a scratchy scratchy. He also loves the curtains and tends to climb on them. He likes to have an oaty bite for his breakfast. He doesn't like parrot food that much, but we give it to him any way. He eats the chilies and the peanuts and sunflower seeds, but he doesn't really like the other seeds. So we have to give him seed sticks and lots of fresh fuit and veggies. He loves ice cream and yogurt for treats and if he's really lucky he gets a bit of tea. He drinks it straight from the cup. Hes very interactive, and doesn't like to be on his own much.
I love jasper.
I have a five-year old Senegal (Skippy) whom I rescued almost two years ago. Up until a couple of months ago, he was very sweet and loving towards me. Then, out of nowhere, he bit me and decided he doesn't always like me. He, too, seems to have developed very "Moody" days. Some days, he's okay and approachable, and then other days he sits with his back turned towards me. We have two other birds in the house (a Blue-Gold Macaw and a male Eclectus), and neither of them have the mood swings that Skippy has. From what I was able to gather from the rescue organization, he was originally given up because he started biting his family. They finally stopped trying to interact with him because of it, and finally turned him into a rescue organization. Up until just recently, he never bit me; he always wanted to be with me; and was always very loving. Now, it depends on what mood he's in. I can't figure it out, because he is very well taken care of. Any ideas...
I have the same problem with my two year old Senegal who we named Cosmo. He generally is a good bird when it comes to me and is bonded more to me, however, he dislikes my husband, my son and tolerates my daughter. His temperament changes like the weather does. One day he is warm, sweet and loveable and then he will be totally afraid and leery of me and take flight and scream. I generally am able to figure out what type of mood he is in by his feather position as well as eye-contact but it seems he has become more diffident as time goes by. The only time I see good behavior is after he has been to the pet-store for either an overnight or a visit. He then becomes generally loveable again but mainly towards me. He is always afraid of new people, doesn't bother with people in general and is afraid of his own shadow. We try to keep him out a lot but he still is afraid of his own shadow. I am at my wits end. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.