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Post by BMustee on Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:49 pm

Thats some great info on these not-so-known parrots. Thanks for posting that. Cool
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Post by Ronda on Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:05 pm

WOW Amberli! Great Job! That does tell you a bunch about these little guys! Well not soo little lol. But your right, I was one of the ones that didn't really know about them! Thank you for informing us and telling us all that you found out! And thank you as well for posting and giving credit to others that did some hard work as well!

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Post by greenwinged on Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:51 pm

After getting one of these great parrot, asked about on a few forum few people knew what I was talking about. so, I thought I would get some info about these great birds.

Poicephalus parrots are Senegal parrot,The Meyer parrot, the Red Bellieds parrot, The Brown Headed parrot, The Jardine parrot(I have one of these great guys.) and The Cape parrot.

Senegal Parrot-

Length: 9 inches

Weight: 120-150 grams

Life span: 25-30 years, some have been known to live even longer

Age at Weaning: 12 weeks

Age at Maturity: 2 years

Country of Origin: Western Central Africa

Talking Ability: Moderate

Noise Level: Low

Cage Requirements: At Least 20" x 20"; bar spacing 5/8" or 3/4", bear in mind that this is just a minimum, you should go for the biggest cage you can afford and have room for.

Temprement: These playful and independent birds enjoy climbing, chewing and playing with their toys. Their curious and friendly nature makes them good family pets, although they should be handled regularly to ensure they remain tame. The relatively small size of these birds and their quiet nature make them suitable for apartment living. They can learn to speak many words and can be taught to perform tricks. Senegals are one of our most popular slightly larger birds, and for many good reasons

Personality:This is where the Senegal makes up for its unassuming size. Senegals like to have things their own way and will often pick on birds twice their size. Due to their head strong tendencies, it is in the best interest of the parrot owner to establish boundaries early in the birds life and be consistent in maintaining them. Senegals are a good choice for someone looking for a less demanding parrot. They are very independent and spend much of their time playing alone

Cuddle Factor:While Senegals can be very independent birds, most will welcome interaction with their pet human. Senegals know that if a head scratch is good, then an overall body rub is better. Much like a cat, most will accept lavish attention for awhile and then suddenly let you know they are done and that they want to be alone again usually by pushing your hand away or walking away.

Food
The eating habits of Senegals vary widely depending on the individual bird. Some will eat whatever they are given, while others can be extremely picky. Try to maximize your birds of eating a balanced diet by providing it with both a healthy seed mix as well as a pelleted diet and supplement with fresh fruits and vegetables. As always, try to avoid salty human junk food and stay away from chocolate, avocado and alcohol which are toxic.

(I like to thank seneagl parrots at yahoo and a few good birds for the info.)


The Meyer parrot-
Size: Small, 8 inches
Native Region: Africa
Life Expectancy: up to 50 years
Noise Level: Moderate
Talk/Trick Ability: Moderate, but not the best talker.

Weight: 80-110 grams

Life span: 25-35 years

Age at Weaning: 10-12 weeks

Age at Maturity: ~2 years
Specific Care Information: Relative Care Ease: Average
The Meyer's Parrot should be housed in a cage that gives it plenty of room to
move. Some people keep them in large aviaries that allow flight. The average
enclosure should be 40 inches long x 20 inches deep x 32 inches high. They
should have plenty of perches and toys, though they also need room to move
and fly. These birds seem to have a special fondness for bathing, so make sure
to provide a bath.

Temperament: This species is very similar to Senegal parrots, a close relative. They are known to be very easy to take care of, with very calm and gentle personalities. They can be skiddish around strangers and in new situations, but they would rather run away then bite. They make great first birds because of their relative low noise, low mess, low destructive capability, and smaller size. Plus they are very cute birds!

(I like to thank bird channel,teresasbirds and the birdieboutique for info.)


the Red Bellieds parrot-
Personility-These are a curious, loveable, Parrot striking in looks and a personality that is wonderfully fun. This parrot is small, quiet and as I said fun loving. He or she will make a great pet for a child or as a member of the whole family.

Anyone can see that the many types of parrots look quite different, but it is also true that their personalities have just as much variety. The Red Bellied Parrot is among the smaller breeds. Most are just about nine inches long, including the somewhat short tail. They have a sturdy look to them and are playful and amusing.

They are quiet compared to some other breeds. While they are capable of a screech, they donít do it often or repeatedly. The bottom line is that the Red Bellied Parrot makes a really good pet.

Gender- Parrot experts like to call birds like the Red Bellied Parrot sexually ďdimorphicĒ which just means that the male and female look different. In this case, itís the male that has the red belly with some green plumage. The female has some green and sometimes a tinge of orange. When they are babies, itís a little harder to tell the gender. Almost as striking as the red belly is the bright red eyes that both male and female have.

Talking- Although their speaking voices are not as attractive as that of the African Grey, the Red Bellied Parrot does speak well. They love to play and will use almost anything as a toy. The Red Bellied Parrot should have a cage somewhat larger than another bird their size would have. They need extra room to play. They also like to hang upside down by a single toe, making them an amusing addition to the household. They are not afraid of strangers and usually ignore them to continue whatever activity they were enjoying.

Bonding-They bond well with their human family members and love to be handled. Unfortunately, they are prone to panic attacks. If your Red Bellied Parrot should suddenly startle and flutter away from something, donít pursue it. Itís natural to want to comfort your little bird but a frightened Red Bellied Parrot will interpret it as being chased and will become more frightened.

Several such episodes will make the parrot fearful of its owners. If it should become frightened, speak quietly to it from a distance and let it come to you for comforting. Other than these sudden frights, the Red Bellied Parrot can be aggressive with other birds. They will not acknowledge that another bird is larger and go after a bird that can harm it.

cage-The minimum cage requirement for a clipped bird is a 20 x 20 cage, with horizontal bars on at least two sides for easy climbing


( I like to thank petheartprints and animal-world.com for all the infomation.)



The Brown Headed parrot-
Noise Level: Low
Talking Ability: LOW
Life:approximately 30 years but are more likely to survive only 15 to 20.
Cage Size: For a single pet brown head that gets a fair amount of out-of-the-cage time everyday, 18" x 18" x 24" is a good minimum size. Larger is better, and in particular if your brown head spends most of the day in it's cage, consider investing in a larger space for him.

Personlilty-playful clowns, and a common behavior among the entire group is their enjoyment of laying on their backs to better be able to play with something they're holding in their claws... Or sometimes, just the claws themselves.They are playful, outgoing and can be affectionate, but they do not crave attention. They tend to become more independent as they reach sexual maturity (around 2 to 3 years old) and adult males may become aggressive during breeding season. While they are not great talkers, they have some limited mimicking ability

(I like to thank brownheadparrot,and petplace.com for all the great info)

The Jardine parrot-
The Jardine's Parrot is one of the largest of the Poicephalus. There are three sub-species the Greater, the Lessor, and the Black Wing. The Jardine is quite new to aviculture and few are available as pets. They are my personal favorite and I can't imagine how they could get any better! Male Jardine's are about 250 grams and the females are not much smaller. They look very simular to an amazon, but are from Africa.

Life Span: Possibly 60 years or more. It is not known for certain as Jardine's have not been kept in captivity for very long.

Colors: Jardine's are an irredecent green with black scalloping on most feathers. The wings have even more black scalloping which gives the appearence of being solid black from a distance. The crown is red to orange with red on the bends of the wings and red ankles. Jardine's get more red and orange markings with each molt. The tail is black and short. The Greater Jardine's has minimal orange/red coloring and stands more upright than the Lessor or Blackwing.

Energy level: Moderate to high. Jardine's like to have plenty to do physically and mentaly. Jardine's are highly stimulated by watching daily activities and listening to conversations.

Talking Ability: Excellent and very human like. Males and females have equal ability to talk. Most will often pick up expressions they hear during daily activities such as laughing, sneezing, and anything you may shout, so keep it clean! They will often not repeat a word until several days after they hear it and will use it when they see fit. One of my Jardine' favorite word is "Jardine", and he will say is in several different tones such as "Jardine?" and "Jardine!Jardine!", depending on his mood. Also, when I am servicing their cage, one will come up and act like he's going to bite and shout "No!" and run away. They also love to whistle and make sound effects. Their vocabulary can become very large without any coaching, and I would imagine even larger with one on one attention. One of my Jardine's makes the sound effect of a child's toy hammer, complete with banging his head

Noise: Jardine's have a somewhat loud alarm chirp and a few pings, but nothing really obnoxious.( To be it sounds like a squeaky toy)
Recomended Equipment:

-A large cage with heavy duty bars. A cage sized for an amazon is recommended. A top that opens is a real plus.

-Toys that can withstand a good chew. Mine really like rawhide, leather, sisal rope, twisted cotton rope and foot toys.

-Pedicure perch. It's not fun to wrestle with a large bird to trim it's nails.

-A large plain colored dish to bathe in.

-A heavy crock or securely attached dish for food, as some Jardine's like to play He-Man and dump their dishes and throw them around.

-Water bottle besides the water dish. Jardine's love to dip their food, bathe, or dump it just for the fun of it, leaving them nothing to drink.

-A toy that plays music or a birdie CD to listen to if you're going to be gone all day.

Diet: Start with a pelleted diet like Zupreem or Roudybush. Add nuts, veggies and fresh fruits everyday. Jardine's love peanuts in the shell, feed these sparingly. Remember a couple almonds in the shell to keep the beak short.

(Thanks for all the info Miller's Family Aviary Jardine's Parrot.)

The Cape parrot- WE will have to come back to this one becouse I can't find any good information that would be good for this forum, but if anyone has any info on the cape do post thanks!


Feel free to ask any question!
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