The Senegal Parrot

A smart and entertaining friend

The Senegal parrot is a small, intelligent, active, and clever parrot that will keep you entertained for hours!

Senegal parrots are part of the Poicephalus species that includes Jardine’s, Meyer’s, and Red-Bellied parrots. Senegals are the most popular pet out of this genus. They are very intelligent, but aren’t as mischievous as most other pet birds of this size.

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ccSenegals make good family pets, but need to be socialized well with people or they may become a one-person bird. They are quiet enough to live in an apartment, but do need a somewhat experienced owner because they do go through a nippy stage when they are testing their boundaries with you.

Senegals love attention and many are said to be rather cuddly. Some Senegals are better talkers than others, but most are able to learn several words that are so much fun to hear with their tiny voices! They also enjoy chewing, so wooden toys, ladders, etc. are perfect for your Senegal.

Senegals love human interaction, but are also able to entertain themselves. So, spending at least an hour a day with them is good. The more time, the better, though!

If you’re looking for a bird that acts like a large parrot, but is in a compact, quieter package, then a Senegal might be the right bird for you!

Fast Facts
Name Senegal (Poicephalus senegalus)
Origin West Africa
Size 8-10 in. (20-25 cm) and 120-140 grams
Average Cost $200-500
Lifespan 20-50 years
Noise Low-Moderate – They are quiet enough for apartment living, and their talking voices are soft and gentle, so listen closely!
Qualities Intelligent, not as mischievous or curious, great sense of humor, entertaining, good family pet, can become a one-person bird if not socialized well, go through a nippy stage, more likely to develop phobias, some are cuddly and affectionate, fair talkers, good at imitating sounds, enjoy chewing, good around children, loving, and playful.
Abilities Good – Fair talkers, better at imitating sounds, can learn tricks.
Interaction/Time Requirements Senegal parrots are a more independent species and can entertain themselves while you’re gone. However, they should be let out out of their for at least one hour a day for safe play and interaction with you.
Diet They need a diet for medium birds and also love peanuts, so this can be good treat in moderation.
Supplies Needed They need supplies for medium birds.
See How Senegal Parrots Compare to Other Types of Pet Birds!
Senegal Video
“Senegal Parrot Talking and Singing”

Video by ShaaandySenegal parrots can be very good talkers. This video is a great example of a Senegal’s talking ability and possible vocabulary. 

Senegal Training
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Senegal parrots, like most medium-sized parrots, can be very nippy. You definitely need to know how to train your Senegal if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you and your friends/family. However, if you don’t know how to train a Senegal, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.

For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Senegal. Whether your Senegal is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about birds and how he can help you train yours.

Below is one of Chet’s videos that covers the first step to stopping your parrot’s biting. This technique is perfect for Senegal parrots. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is only the first step in getting your bird hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your Senegal even further.

For more information about Chet’s course, you can visit the Bird Tricks webpage here.
Senegal Education

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