Senegal's parrot: Poicephalus senegalus

senegal parrot perched among tree branches
03 May 2021 Pets4Company

Small, quiet and intense looking. Do you already know the Senegal Parrot?

 Subspecies:

  • Poicephalus senegalus senegalus
  • Poicephalus senegalus mesotypus
  • Poicephalus senegalus versteri

Origins and Characteristics:

Originally from West Africa, the Senegal parrot, also known as the Guinea Parakeet or Massarongo, is among the smallest parrots, reaching about 23cm in length. It presents itself in predominant shades of green on the chest and wings that contrast with a bright yellow abdomen, gray head and black beak.

They are not destructive or loud birds: their personality is calm and silent, yet they are capable of imitating sounds and a few words. They are prone to depressive and erratic behaviors when left alone and in need of attention.

Senegal parrot grooming its feathers

It travels in search of fruits and seeds, looking for richer and more humid areas. Socially, it feeds and cohabits in pairs and can also move in small groups of up to 20 elements. This species does not have sexual dimorphism, and it is not possible to distinguish male from female with the naked eye. In the wild they reach an average age between 20 and 30 years while in captivity they can reach 50 years of age.

Although not a large bird, the cage must be large enough to allow freedom of movement. The bird must be able to turn around and spread its wings without difficulty, climb and have access to some non-toxic wooden toys and ropes to stay active. The food is mainly based on seeds and feed designed to meet the nutritional needs of this species, and some fruits and vegetables should also be included. The water must be changed daily and always kept at its disposal.