Re: Senegals and Red Bellies
Posted by p on 3/07/05
On 3/07/05, Paula Satkin wrote:
> On 3/07/05, Michael L wrote:
>> On 3/07/05, Paula Satkin wrote:
>>> Hi - I'm trying to decide on a bird for a companion and pet.
>>> I happend to see Red Bellies and Senegals - the lady said
>>> that Senegals do not talk and are sweeter than Red Bellies,
>>> that Red Bellies are "nippy" for the first couple of years.
>>> I still have studying to do, but what do "real owners" have
>>> to say? I am in Virginia
>> I guess it's different strokes for different folks.
>> I raise both the Senegal and Red Bellied.
>> The one thing I would say is that there are no "across the
>> board" stereotypes that would apply to these birds. The
>> behaviors are more on an individual basis relating to a
>> specific bird.
>> The sweetest bird that I have, and one of the best talkers,
>> is a Red Bellied hen. She came to my garden and has been
>> here for several years. She talks up a storm, dances, laughs
>> and is one of the best birds I have. One of my breeder hen
>> Senegals is a chatterbox. She talks non stop when I'm in the
>> bird room. I have another that is reserved, but says a few
>> words and is extremely gentle.
>> Bot species can be nippy at times, but I wouldn't say that
>> one is more so over the other. While both can talk, the
>> voice that they use is not human-like as a Grey has. Their
>> voice is more mechanical and robotic, but quite clear and
>> easy to understand.
>> I think the Poicephalus are one of the best companion birds
>> for someone who needs a smaller bird, might live in an
>> apartment, and wants a bird with loads of personality and
>> Granted, I'm biased, but until you meet or keep one, it's
>> hard to comprehend what I'm saying.
>> Good luck in whatever one you choose.
>> Michael L
Michael - thanks for the information. I had considered a grey,
but I was afraid that my house is not that "routine" and I didn't
want him/her to get upset and pluck feathers, etc.
Are the Senegals and/or Red Bellies the type of birds that
generally like to be cuddled and touched?