The Senegal Parrot is generally a well behaved and quiet bird. There is
a general difference between the males and the females with the males being
reported as being a bit more bold and aggressive however each parrot is
|What is true is that all
Senegal Parrots bite or scream when they’re
unhappy. This is particularly true when they’re reaching sexual
The worst thing you can do when your bird bites, or
pretends they’re going to bite, is to pull away, shriek, or throw water
on them. This extreme reaction only serves to reinforce the
Instead, it is important to teach yourself to not react. For example, if
you’re reaching in to retrieve your bird from their cage you can
position your hand in a manner that your bird is unable to bite it
If your bird does get some flesh, rather than yell and pull away,
gently push your hand toward your bird. They’ll release your hand because
you’re behaving in an unexpected way and because they’re not getting the
reaction they were looking for.
While you’re training yourself to not react to your
Senegal Parrots aggression,
maximize your time and begin training them. Tricks like “step up” are an
excellent way to avoid being bitten in the first place. Additionally, take
the time to learn your bird’s behavior.
Do they pin their eyes before they bite? Most birds have a common signal to
tell you they’re getting angry. Learn this signal and the two of you will
be able to come to a harmonious solution much faster.
Screaming isn’t a common behavior problem with the Senegal Parrot. While
they’re capable of making a large variety of sounds, they’re generally pretty
quiet birds and are considered good apartment birds. That being said, they
can and will make loud noises when they’re upset.
Senegal Parrot is screeching or screaming repeatedly, it is very important
that you examine their environment and make sure to remove the threat. For
example, if their cage is positioned near a window maybe a dog outside is
upsetting them. The solution would be to move their cage from the window.
Like most all birds, feather plucking is also a behavior that can creep up on
you. So what do you do if your Senegal is prone to feather plucking?
Your first step is to take them to the avian veterinarian to rule out any
medical issues. Once any medical issues are ruled out, your next step is
going to be to play figure out what is going on before your little bird is naked
The Senegal Parrot is a kind and gentle bird. They’re very sensitive to
changes in their environment. They do not do well with loud sounds, noisy
areas or chaotic environments.
As you’re trying to determine why your beautiful Senegal is pulling out their
feathers, take a look at their environment first. Here are some common
environmental causes of feather plucking and self mutilation:
Improper or cramped housing. Too small of a cage and your Senegal can feel
trapped. They won’t be able to stretch their wings or exercise and feather
plucking can result.
Fear is a common cause of feather plucking. Has your Senegal been
properly socialized? Do they trust you to care for them? Trick
training is a great way to develop a bond of trust.
Improper lighting. All parrots need natural sunlight or artificial full
spectrum lighting to create vitamin K which they need for healthy skin and
feathers. Not enough sunlight can cause feather plucking.
Changes in the environment. If you have a new person or animal in the
home, you moved the furniture, maybe you moved homes. All of this can
cause incredible stress in the sensitive Senegal.
While you’re trying to figure out what is causing the feather plucking, give
your bird plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, make sure you spend plenty of time
with them, and give them things to chew on so their beak is busy.
Biting, feather plucking, and screaming are all common parrot behavior problems
that even a bird as wonderful as the Senegal Parrot can have. The best
solution to preventing these behaviors in the first place, and certainly to
eliminating them, is to ensure that your Senegal Parrot has an ideal
environment, gets plenty of attention and stimulation both inside and outside of
Lastly, it is critical to your Senegal Parrot’s health and happiness to make
sure they’re properly socialized and trained. Bird training is the key to
a happy and well adjusted bird. Besides, the Senegal is a natural
performer and learning a few tricks is always fun.