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The Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) is a parrot which is a resident breeder in west Africa. It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit and blossoms which make up its diet.
Senegal Parrot is a bird of open woodland and Savannah. It nests in holes in trees, often Oil Palms, laying 2-3 white eggs.
This is a 23cm long, plump-looking, short-tailed parrot. Adults have a dark grey head, green back and throat, and yellow underparts and rump. Sexes are similar, but immature birds are duller, with a lighter grey head.
Senegal Parrot is a gregarious and noisy species with range of whistling and squawking calls.
Senegal Parrots As Pets
The Senegal Parrots have recently begun to be bread in captivity, and are the most popular Poicephalus parrot, with the Meyers Parrot being the second most popular.
Senegal Parrots make excellent pets, and, as with all Poicephalus parrots, are curious, fun-loving animals that are very "mellow" compared with many other parrots. They live a maximum of 50 years in captivity, and live an average of approximately 25-30 years.
Senegal Parrots are known for their aggression towards other animals. It is not uncommon for these pets to attack the family dog or cat. Owners should be cautious in multiple pet homes.
- Birds of The Gambia by Barlow, Wacher and Disley, ISBN 1-873403-32-1
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