The Senegal parrot or Poicephalus senegalus is one of the most popular pets in homes today. They are originally from Africa, although they are kept as pets all over the world. They have amazing qualities that many Senegal parrot owners have come to love.
- Great companion
- Lower price range
- 30 Year lifespan
- Medium sized
The Senegal Parrot loves to keep their owner company and are easily tamed. Since most are bred in captivity today, they are already used to human interaction. This makes them perfect pets. One of the many benefits is that they are so attached to their owner that having a second Senegal parrot isn’t needed. Other birds prefer to have a companion bird around such as the cockatiels and parakeets. However, with the proper affection the Senegal parrot will be happy with their non-parrot owner.
They are some of the quite parrots compared to macaws and other larger and louder species. This makes them perfect for anyone who prefers peace and quite around the house. Some people don’t mind the noise made by larger birds while others will go crazy. So if you are into quite pets; this one is for you!
Their price range is lower than the large parrots like macaws, cockatoos, and African grays. Large birds can run into the mid thousands and beyond, while Senegal parrots range from three to five hundred dollars. This isn’t a huge investment considering you are getting an amazing companion.
You will have your Senegal parrot for around thirty years since they tend to live very long in captivity. Thirty years is less than large parrots are expected to live for, and more than small parrots like cockatiels and parakeets. If you want a Senegal parrot make sure that you and your family will be able to take care of him or her for that amount of time. Impulsive buyers should think it over very carefully. Once they are bought or adopted it is very hard to find a replacement owner once they are no longer wanted. And releasing them into the wild can be lethal to them since they are not used to being on their own and lack their animal instincts.
Senegal parrots are kept healthy by having regular visits with a special avian veterinarian. This can be costly since not every vet will take care of parrots and it is important to have regular checkups. Just like a person or any other pet they can develop disease which need to be addressed. Always be on the look out for your Senegal acting different, such as looking fatigued or “sad”. By getting to know your parrot you will realize when something isn’t right. The vet bills should be something to consider before buying your parrot.
Food and shelter
Food and shelter are two other factors to keep in mind before you adopt a Senegal Parrot. Their cage should be fairly large, or as large as you can afford to have. They are medium birds, measuring about nine inches and require plenty of space to move around. The cage should be big enough for them although it doesn’t have to be oversized since they will need daily flying time outside the cage anyway. Food must be fresh, such as fruits and vegetables with a supplemental diet of store bought bird food. Seeds are a staple of their diet like any other parrot however it shouldn’t be the only thing they are fed. They require nutrients from other foods and as always you should check with your vet to make sure they are eating adequately. Always check with them before trying new foods since some may be toxic.
Your Senegal parrot will require daily flying time. This means either your house will have to be parrot proof or you will have keep a designated space for flying. The must be kept away from stoves that are in use as well as fans and other dangerous appliances. They prefer to stay on there owner’s shoulder so make sure you keep an eye on them when the follow you around on your daily tasks.
Once you have thought about all of the factors that go into owning a Senegal parrot you are ready to adopt. To sum it all up, make sure you have the time commitment of spending time with your parrot daily and having them for up to thirty years. Keep in mind that you will also spend money on vet bill, food and shelter. Finally make sure you don’t make an impulsive purchase; think it over!
If you decide the Senegal parrot is the perfect pet for you, always try to adopt one before contacting your local breeder. It is best to adopt one that truly needs a home, just like with dogs and cats contact your local shelter and see if their are any Senegal parrots available. Lastly enjoy your new friend!