(Senegal, Meyers, Red-Bellied,
Jardine's and Cape Parrots)
Western to Central Africa
Lifespan: 20 - 30 years in captivity
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This is a group of small parrots
from Africa, largest being Cape Parrot at 13 inches. As a group these parrots
could be described as ideal companion pets along with the Pionus Parrots.
With the exception of Cape Parrot they are not noisy. Most will soon become
confiding pet if acquired young hand reared birds. They will learn to say
few words. Due to their size and quite nature they are easily manageable.
Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) This
bird is the most common of its group. Pleasing colour and at 9 inches
it is easy to cater for. Senegals can be very affectionate companions
and will learn to say few words. They are generally fairly quite. Hand
reared they do require some basic training as they do have a tendency
to become domineering. Good choice for the beginner.
Red Bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris) They
are colourful and handsome birds. Not as common as Senegals. There are
problems with hand reared young birds becoming so humanised that will
not get on with their own kind (will be reluctant to breed). They are
wonderful companion bird and will learn to mimic.
Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) Again not
as common as Senegals, but can also make very good pet, and shares most
of the characteristics of the Senegal. Good bird for the beginner in bird
Jardine's Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi) Young
hand reared birds of this species make affectionate and talented pets.
It is a larger member of this group, being 11 inches in size. They also
learn few word and are a good choice if you are new to bird keeping.
As Cape Parrots are not easily or commonly available we are not going
to go into detail. If you require additional information about any of
the birds please contact us.