Tips on Taking Care of Your Senegal Parrot
Senegal Parrot: The Senegal parrots originated in east Africa but, due to human interference, have spread worldwide. The birds are native to Mauritania, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Burkina Faso in Africa. Their natural habitats in West Africa are the Sahel, Sahara Desert, and parts of Mauritania. The main characteristic of this bird is that it sings loudly and also foraging on the ground.
The Senegal parrots originated from a wild strain of African Grey parrots. As it is not a member of the Cockatoos genus, it has evolved into a different species from the common house bird. Senegalese parrots weigh about 15 grams and have thick beaks that help pick insects and fruit from the ground. Due to its short tail, it can jump three feet high.
The name ‘Senei’ means ‘winged one.’ This is evident from its name, which suggests it moves with its wings. When at rest, the bird stands on its hind legs and stares fixedly at its upper body. It has a yellow breast and black flanks. It has green eyes and a short tail.
The typical diet of this bird consists of millet, seeds, fruits, and leaves. It preys well on small animals like monkeys, lizards, and even birds. The bird loves the millet-fed seeds as they contain lots of protein. Due to their omnivorous habits, the bird is capable of eating almost any type of food.
Like many other species of birds, the Senegalese also feed on seeds but in lesser quantities. They will only do so if they are provided with enough amounts of food regularly. The bird’s beak is short and sharp, making it easy for it to crack open millet seeds. On the other hand, when it looks for food at leaf spots, it uses its beak to pry them off.
In the wild, the bird is rarely seen. However, it is very social and becomes quiet and withdrawn in captivity if kept alone most of the time. It is also known to become defensive when handled. Also, due to its high intelligence, it can mimic the behavior of its handler.
Senegalese is usually bright orange with gray wings. In winter, the bird’s body becomes snowy white. Apart from its beautiful color, it is also said that the bird’s black chest is its best feature. Its crest is short and thick with red markings. Its beak is significant, and it usually uses its beak for eating, climbing, and flapping its wings.
This type of bird can also mimic human speech. It uses its two little front toes to point and smile. Due to its beauty, the bird is often used as a pet or a show. These traits make the bird very popular in many places throughout the world. Due to the bird’s popularity, breeding of this kind of parrots has also gained popularity, and these birds are readily available in most pet shops.
It is not recommended to keep the bird inside its cage during summer. The bird will only be affected if it remains in its cell for too long. You can leave the bird out of its cage during winter to enjoy the fresh air and eat its favorite food. However, it is essential to remove food crumbs and droppings from its feeder regularly.
To ensure that the bird always has an enjoyable time playing around in its cage, it is essential to place toys and food in the cage. You can find some bird toys in the market, which are suitable for different age groups. As much as possible, do not put toys that may be choking hazards inside the cage. Bird feeders should also be placed inside the cage.
To maintain your bird’s health and prevent boredom, it is recommended to change the feeder once a week. Change the food every day and keep it fresh and clean. This will also prevent the bird from becoming used to the feeder and from nibbling on the seeds inside the cage.
Taking care of the wild bird in your backyard does not necessarily need you to have a lot of experience. All you need is patience and understanding to work with your pet. It is also necessary to be responsible enough to know where to look for emergency help whenever required. And most significantly, learning how to interact with the animal appropriately can make a massive difference to the well-being of your bird. In time, you will come to know precisely what it takes to have a good relationship with your pet.