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
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.