Senegal parrots have softer, quieter voices than larger African Greys, according to Animal-world.com. That makes them excellent pets for people in apartments or condominiums. Senegals are also relatively easy to feed. Wild ones live on a diet of seeds, nuts, berries and fruit. Domesticated birds can be fed pellets and seed mixes, along with certain vegetables and fruit. Senegal parrots like to moisten their pellets before they eat them. Because of this, you must use caution with the feeding utensils.
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Things you need
- Water bottle
- Seed mixes
Set up a water bottle and water bowl in the cage. A water bottle for a parrot attaches to the inside of the cage. It's specially designed with a nozzle and a stopper located at the bottom so they can drink from it with their beaks. Check both the bottle and bowl daily and replenish as needed. This will help ensure the Senegal parrot has plenty of clean water available. You also should provide it with a shallow bowl of water for bathing, according to Proaviculture.com. The reason for the extra drinking water is that Senegals like to wet their pellets before eating them. This results in mucky water in their bowl.
Feed Senegal parrots pellets as a basic diet. Give them mixed seeds as treats occasionally. You can find both pellets and seeds that are designed for their dietary needs at a local pet food store. Pellets that contain iodine help prevent thyroid problems, according to Animal-world.com.
Give fresh vegetables to Senegal parrots. Good choices include beet greens, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, green peas, sweetcorn, sweet potatoes, spinach leaves, tomatoes and zucchini. Senegals also enjoy eating fruits such as apples, apricots, bananas and pineapples. Wash, pare and chop the vegetables and fruits into bite-size pieces.
Tips and warnings
- Never feed Senegal parrots chocolate or avocados, according to Animal-world.com (see references). These foods have been shown to be toxic to them.
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