All about the Senegalese parrot: photo, description, content features
In the photo: Senegalese parrot (Poicephalus senegalus)
The body length of the Senegalese parrot is from 22 to 25 cm, weight is from 125 to 170 g.
The body is colored mainly in green. The tail, wings and upper body are dark green. Abdomen yellow or orange. On the chest there is a wedge-shaped green pattern. The legs are pink and the panties are green. On a dark gray head - a massive black (with a grayish tint) beak. The iris of young birds is dark brown, in adult parrots (older than 12-14 months) - yellow. If the bird is agitated, the pupil quickly narrows and expands.
The female has a tidier physique, a smaller and lighter head, and the beak is narrower than that of the male.
The chicks have a dark gray head and ash gray cheeks.
Senegalese parrots live up to 50 years.
Habitat and life on the will
Senegalese parrots live in West and South West Africa. Their house is savannahs and wooded areas, the height is up to 1000 meters above sea level.
These birds feed on flowers and fruits. Grain is often eaten, so farmers consider parrots to be pests.
For nesting use hollow trees. During the mating season, males perform mating dances: they raise their wings above their backs, mumble plumage on the back of the head, and make characteristic sounds.
Clutch numbers 3 - 5 eggs.The incubation period is from 22 to 24 days. While the female incubates eggs, the male obtains food and ensures the protection of the nest.
When the chicks turn 11 weeks old, they leave the nest.
Character and temperament
Senegalese parrots are smart, quick-witted and sociable birds. They are not too talkative, but they can learn a few dozen words and phrases. But, thanks to the developed intellect, these parrots are easily trained in various tricks.
If the feathered pet is properly looked after and taken care of, it quickly becomes attached to the owner. However, the competition can not stand, so with other birds gets along badly.
Maintenance and care
Senegalese parrots are quite unpretentious, but the cage for them should be strong, all-metal, equipped with a padlock, which the parrot cannot open. Since the beak of these birds is huge (compared to the size of the body), it will not be difficult for him to get out of captivity if he finds a "weak link". And as a result, both the room and the pet itself can be damaged.
Minimum cell size: 80x90x80 cm. It should be equipped with tall hollow trees and comfortable perches.
Be sure to let the Senegalese parrot fly freely, but the room should be safe.
Every day, clean the drinkers and feeders, as well as the floor of the cage.
There should be two feeders: separately for food and for small pebbles and minerals. The latter is necessary so that the feed is properly processed and absorbed.
You will also need a swimwear.You can spray a feathered friend from a spray bottle.
To claw and beak, hang thick branches in the cage.
Senegalese parrot is suitable food for medium-sized parrots with the addition of vegetables, berries and fruits. Do not deprive the pet of greenery and twigs. But be careful: a number of domestic plants, vegetables, fruits (for example, avocados) are poisonous to parrots.