Re: Meyers vs. Senegals
Posted by Norman Adelewitz on 11/11/04
I've had a Meyer's, Beasley, for a year now. She was 1-1/2 years
old when adopted. My wife and I spent hours with her at the
breeder's for us to get used to each other, and she was a sweetie.
When we got her home, she decided that she didn't like my wife,
and was vicious to her. I continued to be "her human", and she was
a real lover with me. The rejection was very painful for my
wife, since Beasley was a replacement for her dear cockatiel. It
took six months for Beasley to warm up to my wife. Now she is a
real cuddly lover to both of us.
The breeder (very experienced with a wide variety of parrots, and
very partial to Beasley)was very surprised by this behavior, since
Poicephaluses are touted as being very gentle, friendly birds.
But, as he said, "they ARE very much individuals."
Beasley continues to be wary of strangers, and bites very
painfully if you're not (yet) one of her chosen people.
MORAL: The generalizations don't always hold true. It could take
some time for a Poicephalus to "adopt" the people around it. So do
have the kids be calm, gentle, and careful.
On 10/22/04, Denise wrote:
>> I keep Red Bellied, Senegals, Lesser Jardines but not the
>> Meyers. A friend of mine raises them, so I have limited
>> experience with them.
>> All the Poicephalus have their own behaviors that make them
>> unique. You mention your husband wanting a bird that can talk?
>> All of them can talk, but the degree of clarity and ability
>> to mimic is not as refined as the larger parrots. Their
>> voices are somewhat 'robotic' sounding. Some of them can put
>> words and phrases in appropriate context, while others can
>> not. I mention this because I don't know what your
>> expectations are geared towards?
>> The kid/bird relationship is questionable. The age and
>> behavior of the kid is going to have a large bearing on how
>> the bird responds. I've heard that Meyers are more gentle
>> than Senegals, but I've also seen them in 'action,' so to
>> speak, and they can compete with the Senegal's nippiness.
>> And most Poicephalus are know for having their favorite
>> person/persons. This is true of the Meyers, also.
>> But what I will say is this...from this group of birds, you
>> get quite a big package in a smaller bird. They can be
>> sweet, entertaining, full-of-fun and are easily trained and
>> interacted with!
>> Best of luck to you in whatever you decide.
>> Michael L
> Thanks for the insight. My children are pretty good with
> animals. We had a budgie that died in the Spring although I
> understand that a parrot is a whole different story. My oldest
> son is not a big bird person so will probably choose to have
> little interaction, my middle guy is good and has a heart of
> gold but can be little loud especially when he is excited and
> my youngest daughter is awesome with animals. She is by far my
> animal lover just like me. Ultimately this will probably be
> mine and my daughter's bird. If they do not like the bird in
> the long run I suppose they will just lose interest in it. I
> myself have always loved birds but have never had anything but
> a budgie. I have to admit I am a little nervous about taking
> the plunge but also very excited.