The Senegal Parrot or Yellow-Vented Parrot Poicephalus Senegalus was first described by Linnaeus in 1766. Senegal Parrots are now a popular captive bred pet parrot. Senegal parrots are approximately 23 cm (9.1 in) long and weigh about 120 to 170 g.
Adults Senegal parrots have charcoal grey heads, a grey beak, and bright yellowish or orange irises. Younger birds have black or dark irises that will change as they mature. The body is mostly dark green and with a yellow chest. The upper green color marks a V shape.
Although not dimorphic, some avian experts can identify male from female Senegals by the V green chest markings. In female Senegals, the green tends to stretch farther than a males. The underneath covert feathers (shorter feathers under the main tail feathers) in a male are generally yellow and green in a female. Females tend to have a smaller body and beak size. A DNA test can be done for absolute assurance of the parrot's sex.
Senegal parrots are fairly quiet birds with some high pitched whistles and squawks along with the capabilty to speak some words & phrases. They are wonderful pets when cared for properly and given plenty of attention outside of the cage.
Environment: The Senegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) is a Poicephalus parrot originated from a wide range of west Africa particularly Northwest Africa-Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea. Seen often in the woodlands and savannahs.
Senegals require a complete balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, a high quality seed mixture, and commercial dye-free parrot pellets. They love corn and millet. We strongly suggest only feeding organic, non-GMO corn. Visit our fresh food page for healthy food ideas.
Senegal parrots nest in holes in trees, oil palms are a favorite in the wild. Therefore, a deep nestbox for breeding in captivity will provide a similar environment. They lay three to four white eggs. The eggs are incubated by the female, starting after the second egg has been laid, for about 27 to 28 days. Babies will be fed by the mother, the father feeds the mother and guards the nest or box. The chicks will wean and fledge on their own at about 9 to 11 weeks.
Always place your parrot in a cage big enough for them to spread out their full wing span. Do not use old, rusty, or decorative painted cages to house birds. The paint is toxic and old cages are not up to safety standards and non-toxic materials.
Entertaining and independent is what you can expect when bringing a Senegal parrot into your family. With a life span of over 30 to 50 years in captivity, they are an ideal pet for a committed parrot owner willing to spend quality play time with this little toddler on a daily basis.
Senegal parrots LOVE toys and it is a must to provide wood toys for any parrot to chew on. With a lot of love, safe bird toys, a healthy diet , and a proper cage, your Senegal will be happy and content.
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