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Senegal Parrots are known for their acrobatics, their mischievousness, and their passion!
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I've had my Sennie for five years now and he was one of three that we handfed when they were babies. I worked for a pet store and we acquired them from a lady that was getting out of the Senegal breeding for she needed more time with her bigger parrots. Bandy (my Sennie) was the "middle" baby. The pet store found new homes for the older and younger Senegals after they were weaned (I finished handfeeding and weaning them at my house) and I personally kept Ban-ban for my family. He's more bonded with me but will tolerate other "brave" handlers. I know there is so much controversy about pellets, but this is his main diet. He gets fruits and vegetables and of course a taste or two of what I am eating. For treats, he gets seeds, nuts and a bath in the kitchen sink.
I have two Senegals, their names are Steve and Harriet, Steve is 15 and Harriet is 6. They are both fantastic and hope they will outlive me. Steve says absolutely nothing but I still love him more than anything and Harriet wont shut up. She will either stand upside down from the roof of her cage and swing back and forth and say "Swinging!" or she will swing on this old dog toy in her cage and say "swinging", she says "Hi Harriet", "Hi Stevie", "raining" even if its not, she says "treat" and "I wanna treat". She says "pretty bird", "can you hear me?", "I can hear you", "peek a boo" and then slowly shifts her head from side to side and many other silly things.
I have noticed that people on this list are saying that they don't know how old their Senegals are. I would like you to know that you should look at your parrots ankle bracelet. That will have the year he/she was born and the initials of the breeder. All birds are required to have these as far as I know.
Hope this helps, I also would like to point you to a nice site that was built by a senegal lover called flightedbirds.org It is a great site for information on out little friends.
thanks for listening.
(Editors Note: Just a note on banding. It is not required that birds be banded, but it a common practice for breeders. These bands generally have the hatch date and breeder information, but this is at the breeders discretion. Sometimes the breeder may have other classification information, depending on what they are trying to keep track of. It use to be a required by law that parakeets (budgerigars) be banded, due to the spread of a devastating bird disease in the 90's. However the disease was contained and the law was recinded a few years ago.)
Hello, My name is Jim and my Senegal, Murphy is 26 years old. He has quite a personality and usually between October and January he roams all around his room chewing on things. He likes to hide in a winter hat and he likes it when I tap on his beak while he is in hiding. He likes most food even lobster. He is quite loud at times and is only friendly to me. He doesn't take to anyone else. I don't take him outside anymore because he got loose once and I took about an hour to get him back. And he will not tolerate being in a cage. He hates it and will destroy the cage until he gets out. He has a large perch that he stays on. He is quite a joy to own.
I have an even greater appreciation for my little Tuco after she flew off the other night and I had to wait until daylight to find her - not knowing if I ever would see her again. Luckily I heard a whistle she makes and then kept calling her name and then I would hear that whistle again. I looked and she was in a bush waiting for me. I love her so much. She sleeps on my head every night, tries to steal my floss when I am flossing my teeth, and loves to hop on me when I am vacuuming and ride along. She is mostly bonded to me but tolerates others. I can't put her near my Grey or she tries to show her who is boss. I thank God for a second chance with her. I tried clipping her wings some more but she still flies, so I have to be a whole lot more careful.
My dad bought my grandmother a Senegal over 27 years ago, since she passed away 11 years ago, he has lived with us and fits in nicely... though he definitely is not the nicest parrot out there! he doesnt do affection (apart from with his metal bell that he loves to hold and rub his head on) and he hates my dad and my other grandmother. She can't sit within 5 feet of him without him going mad at her. He's never talked though for years we tried to teach him and he wasn't having any of it. He does like to impersonate ringtones though, and you always know when he's feeling lonely as he does the ring to get you to come into the room. His best friend is the dog, but she definitely knows who's boss! And i swear they can talk to each other as he always informs her when the postie is coming. He may be a pain in the neck but our family really would be incomplete without him.
I have shared my home with my Senegal for over 16 years. He is absolutely the best guy I have ever had! He loves everyone and will go to them upon first meeting. He has never exhibited any of the moody behavior described and although I am his favorite human he is not exclusive. He has a large vocabulary and sings happy bird day to me every morning. His zest for life is refreshing and adds to mine every day!
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.
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.
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.
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!