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Senegal Parrots are known for their acrobatics, their mischievousness, and their passion!
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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!
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
I purchased my 13 year old Senegal about 4 years ago in an Oklahoma City pet store. I paid $250 for both the him and the cage. He was to be a companion to the miniature Hans Macaw my husband has. Plus, since our macaw was completely attached to my husband and would bite me any time I got near him, I wanted a bird of my very own. As soon as "Pierre" saw me in the store he started to flirt with me...scratching his little head and purring in a cute little voice "hellllooooo". I took him home but he didn't talk for about 2 months. The only thing he would say is "bye-bye" (I guess he was afraid I would leave him). Since then his vocabulary amazes me. He asks questions, joins in on conversations as if he's a person too, yells at the dogs and cats, and swears like a truck driver (I swear I didn't teach him this). He is very social (never bites unless startled) and will let just about anyone hold him. He is very affectionate with me and my husband (he calls me "mommy" and calls my husband "daddy"). Almost every week he says something new or does something else that is funny. Our macaw loves Pierre too and they are a great comfort for each other when mom and dad aren't around. At night we cover the backs of their cages with light blankets but leave the front of the cage open. We then push the cages together so they can be close while they sleep. They are both pretty loud birds at times, but if you've got the patience to deal with this, having parrots is loads more fun than having a dog! I feed them both a seed mix daily, along with a variety of fresh or frozen veggies, fruits and nuts. They both adore cheese, scrambled eggs, meat, pasta, and granola bars. I try to limit their intake of foods containing salt or sugar when giving them treats. I read this is not good for exotic birds and can negatively impact the health and lifespan of a parrot. I had one bird store owner tell me he never gives his parrots seed mix...only real fresh food that is nutritious (they eat when he and his wife eat)...weird, huh? I learn more and more about these cute little furry critters every year and it's usually from bird owners like myself.
Georgie was given to me as a Christmas gift in december 2006. What a pleasure he is (I think he is a male). In a short space of 8 weeks he hsas learned to immitate the telephone's ring, the alarm, and say's "hello Georgie" and "Kissy Mummy". He imitates a kissing sound which I do when I kiss him. He is a very lovable, energetic and a pleasure to have. He loves me to shower and spray him. In the mornings when we go to the kitchen and do not open his cage quick enough, he rings his little bell in the cage to let us know he is awake and wants to come out.
The only thing that I am sad about is that he will not bond with my husband. I am his everything.
Regards. Desire Harmse, South Africa, 31 January 2007
I worked at a local pet store for a short time where my senegal had been. I was scared of her because she attacked everyone and would let no one touch her. I was asked one day to try and tame her and to my delight she had stepped up onto my finger with little trouble at all. I would go to the pet store when I wasn't working and play with her everyday. She was not always a nice bird and I incurred my shares of bites. After about a month of seeing how miserable she was living there I bought her. My boyfriend was not fond of her but learned to love her like I did. She was a very quiet bird, never made a sound. After a short couple of weeks she has become quite noisy, nothing loud but entertaining sounds. She can speak (not very clearly), whistles, imitates crying sounds when she is sad, and even growls like a dog when she is mad. She was living at the pet store for over a year so you can understand why she was mean. With a lot of patience she has become a very loving bird while I'm around (she can be mean when I'm not there, but shes learning) She evens gives kisses when you ask for them. She is even friendly with our cat but the cat is afraid of her. If you have the patience and love to give, these make great pets. If not then look into a different type of animal as a pet. These birds love attention and will demand it if you don't give it to them. If you are interested don't forget the cost of vet bills, toys and food. This can begin to become costly but well worth it for the love these little birds give.
I've got a 9 year old Senegal named Zoe. It was great to read other peoples' posts here as Zoe too can be very moody and definitely lets me know when she wants her space. And when she wants affection, she's the most adorable bird.
Zoe is weird in that she often finds my hands to be intimidating - until she finally steps up on them; though she prefers me to scratch and cuddle when she's on the cage - despite years of failed training. (I did buy her at 10 months old and was already partly badly trained, but she has mellowed out considerably since.)
She's display-fed with me a couple of times, but loves to allopreen. Especially areas scabbed by nicks or scrapes, the 5 O'Clock shadow, or the eczema outbreaks. I obviously keep her away from these areas and simply thank her for her concern.
She loves repeating sounds, such as the phrase "pretty bird", the microwave beep, the beep the phone makes when I dial out (she's jealous of the phone too...), the fire alarm, imitates my laugh, cough, the noises a Quaker makes (a short-term adoption but not short enough), and much to my regret was a quick learner to the burp I made once (oops)... and makes a series of whistles. The cooing noises she loves to do at night and at dawn.
The sad part is, she hasn't figured out the real power of speech yet. She uses body language to tell me when she's thirsty, hungry, or wants a spray shower even though I've tried telling her what each is. Oh well. Body language is cute too.
She gets excited when I use the vacuum and she'll just stare with great interest. Unfortunately, anything brown, yellow, or bright pink and she'll scream like there's no tomorrow. Even if the object is 10 feet away, she goes absolutely nuts!
Again, she loves her head being scratched. She'll even let me hold her upside down, her back on my palm. Unlike other Senegals, she is adamant in holding my thumb with her talons (one if not both). She will not do it supportless.
And I know when she's really happy as she'll hang upside down from her cage and wobble back and forth. While other birds like Sun Conures roll on their backs and other immensely silly things, every stunt Zoe does seems to have a sense of decorum and 'class' to it.
While I think she has bonded to me, I know she is remarkably friendly to other people. Well, more towards men - she will bite mum and my auntie... but she's calm and even seems to look happy around other men (the eye pinpointing and chirps she makes are dead giveaways.)
And if she is a female, I currently wouldn't know. No eggs yet, but if she is a male, I'll change her name to "Tabby". Much like any cat, Zoe doesn't recognize her own name... :)
My husband and I have owned a Senegal since Feb. 06. We got him at a pet store in Bismarck where he ended up on consignment. We just love him. He whistles so nicely and does quite a bit of talking. He loves to say "Chico, pretty bird!" If you tell him pretty bird, he whistles at himself. He loves to be held and laid on his back while scratching his belly. He also loves to preen my hair. We have an enclosed patio and he just loves going out and listening to the wild bird sing. He is just a joy to have and to watch.