Re: scared senegal?
Posted by Meg Bryant on 9/07/04
I will do my best to cover as many of your questions as I
can, but you are right, the main difference is in how you
raise the bird, and the individual birds personality. That
being said, my family had a Gold-Capped Conure when I was
little, and I currently have a Senegal.
As far as being good for travel and adaptable, both species
are about on par, this one varies according to a specific
As far as Senegals being skiddish and one-person, here again,
the individual birds personality plays a part. I think people
over-react about a Senegal's skiddishness. As the previous
poster noted, I run teh vscuum and my Senegal could care
less, but he is afraid of large men. Conures are not
skiddish, but can be VERY bold, in a bad way, and are mroe
prone to getting in trouble. Also both birds that I had/have
love everyone. The difference is that the conure was rougher,
and tended to bite, where as my Sengal loves to be cuddled
and will NOT bite hard.
I would say beyond a shadow of a doubt that from my
experience, Senegals are more laid back adn MUCH quieter (
but there's exceptions to every rule). And to touch on your
Goffin's comment, my family also owns a Goffin, and they are
the quietest of the cockatoos, but any cockatoo is more vocal
than most birds. However, if my hubby & I ever had our own
place, we would have a Goffin hands DOWN!
Lastly, I will give a a few other observations of my conure &
Senegal that may help. The conure was more acrobatic and
vocal, but that was the only difference. The down side was he
wanted CONSTANT attention, and we eventually had to sell him
to an only-bird family, because he wanted all the attention,
all the time. So if you are thinking of getting another bird,
or three later in life, think about that. Also, the conure
was MUCH and I mean MUCH louder and could bite suddenly. As
for my Senegal, my hubby and I both are gone from about 8-5,
and he has no probs with that. He loves to be around us when
we're home, whether its watching tv, playing on the computer,
or giving him undivided attention, without being demanding.
He gets along splendidly with our cockateil, and loves to be
passed around like a potatoe when there are new people. The
only thing is, it took him longer to get comfortable when we
first bought him, about 2 weeks. But even for his vet visit,
he was so good that the vet didn't have to towel him to trim
his beak and nails.
I apologize for the long post, but hope it helps. If you
would like more info, please email me at