The sensational senegal parrot
The senegal parrot is a lively and entertaining small parrot that quickly wins the hearts of humans that share their lives. As parrots go, they tend to be quiet (“quiet” being a relative term when discussing parrots) and the happy and content senegal parrot plays well independently making few demands on their owners.
In personality, the senegal can be compared to the african grey, sharing many of the same tendencies towards fearfulness and phobic behavior. They even have the same short, high pitched call when things in the environment make them uncomfortable.
The senegal parrot is keenly aware of sights and sounds that are out of the norm. They are very apprehensive about new additions to the environment. It will help owners of the senegal parrot to be aware of their bird’s body language as seemingly minor things in the home might cause stress.
How to keep a senegal parrot stress free
The very best method of managing the fearful tendencies in the senegal parrot is to assure a strong mutual relationship. The senegal that has come to fully trust its owner knows with certainty that it is safe in its surroundings and can look past the things and events which cause uneasiness.
Sometimes showering your bird with love is just not enough. Parrots that are very sensitive and on high alert, like the senegal, need a bit of extra consideration when it comes to their relationships with their humans. We need to provide them with the extra confidence that keeps fears at bay.
Fears in birds are most commonly expressed through bouts of aggression. The biting is simply a knee-jerk reaction to fear or stress. Owners of senegal parrots who want to overcome mounting aggression should realize that the biting itself is not the problem. It is not a reflection of the bird’s personality or an unwillingness to interact nicely with them.
Overcome your senegal's fears
To move your bird past its need to bite, it must move past its fear. As steward of your bird’s environment, it is up to you to make the changes necessary to put your bird at ease.
You are the biggest part of your bird’s environment. If it doesn’t trust you, know that you have its best interests at heart at all times, it’s easy to see where it might mistrust other parts of the environment. Imagine always feeling insecure in a place from which you have no escape. The result is an overwhelming sense of unrest, which takes a toll not only on the mind, but on health.
How much quality time do you spend with your bird? Does your senegal spend the majority of its out of cage time on a perch or do you engage it in activities where you are focused only on each other? We recommend simple training to strengthen your bonds.
By devoting a few minutes every day to your senegal’s need for meaningful interaction, the kind that involves direct eye contact, your bird will have the opportunity to learn how trustworthy a companion you really are. Training, whether it be simple cues or amusing tricks, opens the door to communication on a much higher level than that which is accomplished by just hanging out together.