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Re: Senegals and Red Bellies

Posted by p on 3/07/05
(7) Comments

    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
    >> 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
    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?