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Re: Senegals and Red Bellies

Posted by Paula Satkin on 3/07/05
(7) Comments

    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
    > Paula,
    > 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
    > charm.
    > 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